Besides rice, potatoes, and noodles
what are some of your favorite starches to fill out a meal? I like dry beans (No secret there) and I also like using bread and crackers with little chunks of cheese as a side dish. There are these Cuban crackers that make a meal kind of feel "completed" when served along side the main courses and veggies.
I have recently discovered a vegetable called Yuca, it is similar in many ways to a potato and can be cooked just like a 'tater, it is quite a bit starchier and so for a "gringa" like me took a little getting used to. There is also Couscous, and fried plantains. I am more fond of the traditional starches I grew up eating, but having the desire to switch up every now and then I have sought out a variety of choices to try.
What have all of you been enjoying eating as sides that are a little out of the ordinary?
I would have to start with stuffing Cathy. It can be made so many different ways and go with just about anything. Bread and biscuits are also a must. I also enjoy beans. Dumplings kind of fall between the biscuit and noodle category the way I make them. I make both the biscuit type and a flat noodle type. My wife and kids love Couscous. Another big starch item around here are tortillas. Flour and corn. Tortillas are one of those things you can do anything with. I am also addicted now to having Yorkshire puddings with roast and gravy. They are also great for meat salads like ham, turkey, chicken salads and tuna salad.
I love couscous -
1 (10 ounce) box couscous
1 medium zucchini
1 (14 ounce) can Del Monte crushed tomatoes with mild green chilies
Yield: 3 servings
Prepare couscous in sauce pan by bringing 1 1/2 cups of water to boil.
Place zucchini in a steamer basket over boiling water. cover saucepan and steam 5-7 mins or until zucchini is bright green and tender.
Mix couscous and tomatoes and pour over zucchini and serve hot or cold.
1/2 cup butter
440 mL [1 3/4 tasse] pearl barley
2 medium onions, finely chopped
8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
4 cups chicken or beef broth [more if needed]
1/2 cup tiny Macadamia nut pieces
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 350°F
Melt 4 tablespoons of the butter until golden; brown perl barley into melted butter.
Using slotted spoon, transfer golden perl barley into a buttered oven-safe casserole.
Add remaining butter to melted butter; brown together chopped onions and mushroom slices.
Stir vegetables mixture into barley mixture, into casserole.
Pour 2 cups chicken or beef broth into casserole; tightly cover casserole.
Transfer into preheated oven, for 45 minutes.
Mix in remaining chicken or beef broth.
Bake, uncovered for 45 mintues more, stirring from time to time.
Fifteen minutes before the end of cooking time, mix in tiny Macadamia nut pieces and chopped parsley.
If mixture becomes too dry, stir in more chicken or beef broth.
I use many different things since I need to avoid wheat. I use buckwheat groats, quinoa, millet and polenta. I also use a lot of beans. We love roasted cauliflower and I'm currently in love with socca so I would serve that at any opportunity.
Gosh great ideas everybody!!! I am making a list! Oh Jfain, can I have your favorite polenta recipe? Thanks ya' all!
I like cous-cous a lot, Cathy. Also barley pilaf. And as IC mentions- stuffing! Especially cornbread stuffing w/ lots of sage and turkey/chicken giblets.
ooops! I corrected my post. I had originally typed "CanMan" above incorrectly- but I just replaced it w/ "IC" for accuracy. Sorry CanMan and IC!
Last edited by chubbyalaskagriz; 06-18-2009 at 01:53 AM.
Well a lot of recipes will call for heavy cream but I don't think that is necessary. When I had polenta in Italy they just used plain water and then added some cheese at the end. This is the recipe I normally use. It's really easy
• 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal (not coarse)
• 7 1/2 cups water
• 2 3/4 teaspoons salt
• 2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Bring cornmeal, water, and 2 1/4 teaspoons salt to a boil in a 4-quart heavy saucepan, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until polenta is creamy and tender, about 50 minutes. Remove from heat, then stir in 11/2 tablespoons butter
Also grits are delicious as a side dish. Switch out the polenta for quick cooking but not instant grits, switch out half of the water above for whole milk and then add half a cup of sharp white cheddar cheese at the end after the butter. Serve with salmon and it's heaven on your plate.
I was thinking the same thing last night, your recipe for grits sounds wonderful!
Originally Posted by jfain
MMMMM, I love grits. One of the downfalls of living in the North East. Grits, like sausage sausage gravy are non existent.
I like Pierogies, with sour cream as a side dish. I also like couscous, I always have a box or two stocked. Mama your recipe sounds Good! Cookie