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suggestions for main served with balsamic roast potatoes??

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I'm new here, In a bit of a pickle because I'm cooking for the in laws this week and can't decide what to make. i really want to try out a balsamic roasted red potatoe recipe i found online but can't think of anything to serve with them so that it won't be too dry but i don't really know what sauce/main dish would compliment these taters!! i was thinking of using chicken, fairly solid, everyone likes it, so if anyone could suggest something that would compliment balsamic potatoes please let me know!

cheers,

nomoe. 

post #2 of 9

Braised chicken seasoned with rosemary (and garlic). Rosemary and balsamic marry well to my tastebuds.

 

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post #3 of 9

Welcome to Cheftalk, NoMoe.

 

My first question is, do you really want to try a new recipe when entertaining your in-laws? Especially one you downloaded from a recipe site?

 

That aside, I think even a roast chicken would work. It's hard to beat chicken and taters in any form. As Phil suggests, however, I would kick up the bird a little with rosemary or even tarragon to compliment the balsomic.

 

Another possibility: lamb chops. In this case I would opt for loin cut chops, rather than the lollipops, and perhaps use a pecan crust on them.

 

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post #4 of 9

can't go wrong with meat and potatoes. I would have said a nice roast beef but a good roast chicken is always second in my book. give us a post of the Balsamic Potato recipe and we will see if we can spot any issues with the recipe before you try it.

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post #5 of 9

(6) Crispy Cornish Hens -

 

In each bird cavity put a clove  of garlic, tsp of  tarragon, and some S&P. .   Heat a  baste  of  3/4  c each white  wine,( I like white port) & melted butter, 1 TB tarragon.     Rub birds with garlic salt, roast in preheated 400 oven in a  flat, SHALLOW pan...do not crowd.... for 1 hour or til crispy and golden and a wing twists easily, basting often with the  marinade.   Serve with drippings....... yum.      Besides being  fabulous tasting , nice presentation for guests. 

post #6 of 9

I've made them with pork.  It was a good recipe and I love jamie oliver but the potatoes were too sweet for my taste.

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jamie-at-home/balsamic-baked-onions-and-potatoes-with-roast-pork-recipe/index.html

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post #7 of 9
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nom nom nom,

thanks for the help,

don't know what to pick now!!

post #8 of 9

My choice would be a good roasted chicken or game hen as others have suggested. Can't go wrong either.

post #9 of 9

I was thinking a slow cooked leg of lamb studded with rosemary and slivers of garlic.  If you have a meat thermometer all the better.  Bung it into the thickest part of the meat, careful not to touch the bone.  A nice bed of carrots, onions, and maybe parsnips, rutabaga and celery.  Drain off the juices (clear off some of the fat with a spoon if you don't like it) and while the meat rests under a tent of foil (i.e. just loosely covered) reduce the pan juices with a little red wine.  It really would suit, if you are confident with lamb.

 

If you don't have a meat themometer, pierce a thick part of the lamb with a knife or a skewer.  Red juice = not done.  Clear juice = done.

 

Roast chicken is always a good choice, as mentioned by others.

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