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Side dishes ??

post #1 of 6
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I am fortunate enough to be able to create the nightly special three nights a week where I work in an upscale steak house, my problem is coming up with side dishes particularly starches, any ideas other then your basic rice, barley, risotto, orzo, polenta, I did a roasted garlic and bacon grits last night they were good but I don't think I will do grits again ! lol, I have worked on and off in restaurant's for  years and have recently started culinary school, so any ideas would be greatly appreciated, I really struggle with what potato dishes go well with fish, tonight im preparing sockeye salmon,

thanks Rod

post #2 of 6

Hasselback potatoes


Bleu cheese and crispy bacon mac and cheese (maybe with corkscrew pasta)


O'Brien potato cakes made with mashed pots but with peppers and caramelized onions for O'Brien flavor


Gnocchi with a sauce that compliments the protein


Chipotle Butternut Squash (or maybe as a ravioli filling)

post #3 of 6

I would probably do a potato gritan. 


That or a squash or sweet potatoe puree with a side of sauteed veggies and sweet or savory demi on top of the protien.


Maybe some tortellini


Fried Bananas (plantains) here in Brazil also go great with meat

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post #4 of 6

Here's a cut and paste from my menu planner spreadsheet with lots of side ideas.


Tomato orzo
Garlic linguini
Basil penne
Greek farfalle
Macaroni and cheese
Parmesan fettucine
Mushroom asiago orzo
Orzo pilaf
Cous cous pilaf
Lemon dill buttered pasta
Asiago capellini

Sundried tomato and feta rice
Rice pilaf
Mango rice
Mushroom rice
Pineapple rice
Coconut rice
Basmati Indian rice
Cajun rice
Wild rice pilaf
Rice vermicelli
Spinach rice
Sicilian rice and feta
Steamed jasmine rice
Apple spice rice
Leek rice
Saffron rice
Spanish rice
Creamy chicken rissotto
Parmesan rissotto
Creamy peppercorn rissotto
Portabello mushroom rissotto
Tomato basil rissotto
Shrimp and brussell sprout rissotto
Creamy seafood rissotto
Black beans and rice

Quinoa pilaf
Steamed quinoa
Lemon herb quinoa
Tomato basil quinoa
Greek quinoa
Southwest quinoa


Lentil pilaf
4 bean pilaf
Cajun red beans and rice
Butter beans and turnip greens
Baby lima beans and vegetables
Refried pinto beans
Bacon and black beans
Citrus beans
Cilantro beans

Oven roasted potatoes
Parsleyed steamed new potatoes
Fingerling potatoes
Paprika roasted potatoes
Potatoes au gratin
Scalloped potatoes
Port Salut potato hash
Loaded potato hash
Goat cheese potato hash
Baked potatoes
Mashed potatoes
Horseradish whipped potatoes
Parmesan whipped potatoes
Sour cream and chive whipped potatoes
Bacon cheddar mashed potatoes
Italian whipped potatoes
Twice baked potatoes
Steamed potato and leeks
Rosemary roasted sweet potatoes
Honey roasted sweet potatoes
Honey pureed sweet potatoes
Homemade potato chips
Hand cut french fries
Country fried potato wedges
Sweet potato peppercorn chips

Sage dressing

Shitake mushroom dressing
Pear and fresh herb dressing

Steamed broccoli
Steamed green beans
Braised cabbage
Green beans alsation
Zucchini and squash provencal
Roasted zucchini and squash
Roasted broccoli
Roasted acorn squash
Roasted butternut squash
Roasted spaghetti squash
Roasted asparagus
Roasted brussell sprouts
Pan seared lemon pepper tomatoes
Spinach stuffed tomatoes
Pan wilted spinach
Pan wilted chard
Roast carrots
Parley buttered carrots
Honey glazed carrots
Honey carrot puree
Sugar snap peas
Green peas
Green pea puree
Steamed turnip puree
Roasted garlic and turnip puree
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
Creamy sweet potato puree
Honey sweet potato puree
Asparagus puree
Sauteed zucchini and squash
Crab stuffed tomatoes
Crab stuffed zucchini
Steamed corn off the cob
Grilled corn on the cob
Corn O'Brien
Roasted beets
Steamed beets
Beet puree
Roasted fennel and wilted beet greens
Roasted turnips
Steamed turnips
Turnip puree
Roasted cauliflower
Steamed cauliflower
Cauliflower puree
Saffron cauliflower puree
Curried cauliflower puree
Roasted parsnips
Parsnip puree


Creamy polenta

Cumin lime creamy polenta
White cheddar polenta
Baby swiss polenta
Goat cheese polenta
Sundried tomato polenta
Roasted pepper polenta
Roasted tomatillo polenta
Roasted poblano polenta

Roasted garlic polenta
Blackeyed pea and garlic
Green pea polenta
Grilled polenta
Roasted polenta

Balsamic grilled peaches
Teriyaki grilled pineapple
Brandy sauteed apples
Sauteed spice pears
Roasted bananas
Roasted plantains
Fried plantains

Brandon O'Dell


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O'Dell Restaurant Consulting


post #5 of 6

I'd plate the salmon horizontally on a rectangular plate.  Along with the salmon in the middle of the plate would be a scoop of couscous tabbouleh.  On one side I'd have a combo of grilled asparagus and grilled scallions.  On the other side would be a sliced roasted pear half in a stilton cream sauce.  I'd also suggest an earthy Pinot Noir as beverage of choice.  

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

thanks great idea I did blue cheese bacon penne pasta ! excellent

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