X-mas dinner help

Peaches

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#1
Any suggestions out there for EASY vegetable side dishes that can be cooked in the oven? Not potatoes, though.

So far, the menu is mahogany chicken and baked mac & cheese. I can't really do anything on the stovetop b/c the huge pans I need for the chicken. I don't do complicated.

The only thing I can come up with is roasted asparagus, but no one likes it except me. Actually, most everyone hates it, so that's right out.

Any ideas?
 

and123

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#2
I love corn with chicken, and you can microwave it :) Or glazed carrots (or are you off carrots now? I seem to recall an icky carrots post a while back).
 

samina

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#3
oh, peaches, ya GOTTA make one of those amazing green bean casseroles made with canned cream of mushroom soup & topped with durkee fried onions.

the recipe's probly all over the internet... it is the KING of oven-baked veggie casserole dishes, for sure! and would go so well with your menu

here, i found a few recipe options for you: http://southernfood.about.com/od/sidedishcasseroles/r/bl81114g.htm
http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/1542/Best-Ever-Green-Bean-Casserole86445.shtml
http://homecooking.about.com/od/vegetablerecipes/r/blv305.htm

i'd be inclined to use baby organic green beans, not just because they're better for you than canned but because they are so *sweet*. but dunno how they'd effect the recipe...
 

Sagitta

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#4
Steam some veggies. I steam green beans and use as a substitute for asparagus. Those who don't favor asparagus favor it.
 

samina

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#5
Steam some veggies. I steam green beans and use as a substitute for asparagus. Those who don't favor asparagus favor it.
nah, she said it has to be done in the oven. but i guess she could do that in the oven... why not? way healthier, of course... but w/ mac-n-cheez on the menu, i don't think that's peaches' objective...
 

fascination

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#7
Any suggestions out there for EASY vegetable side dishes that can be cooked in the oven? Not potatoes, though.

So far, the menu is mahogany chicken and baked mac & cheese. I can't really do anything on the stovetop b/c the huge pans I need for the chicken. I don't do complicated.

The only thing I can come up with is roasted asparagus, but no one likes it except me. Actually, most everyone hates it, so that's right out.

Any ideas?
I am doing quiche florentine (aka, spinach)
 

samina

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#10
A lot of vegetables are wonderful when roasted!
Like squash, all kinds, butternut (umm); a mixture, like ratatouille; carrots, etc.
yah, my first thought was roasted beets... omg. so sweet & tender. sliced thin with a little dressing drizzled over...

easier than the casserole, that's for sure!

(and i love getting the red all over my fingers... looks like blood)
 
#11
epicurious.com is a great resource. Using the advanced search function and checking "roast" for preparation method and "vegetables" for ingredients turned up over 200 recipes! (You can narrow it further by using keyword for the type of vegetable.)
 

Peaches

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#12
Thanks for the ideas. I'd completely forgotten about string bean casserole, aka, "bean gook."

Right now I'm debating between that, and stuffed, roasted tomatoes. (Which I really should have thought of sooner, seeing as how it's one of the recipes I recently typed up for my girl friend.)

...and maybe some asparagus, too, just b/c I like it...screw 'em...
 

Joe

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#13
If you don't mind broccoli, you can steam some chunked broccoli (steamer, nukebox or steam bath in the oven) til it's just shy of cooked, then sautee it for a minute or two on the stovetop in some olive oil and garlic. Hopefully you can spare a minute or two on the stovetop.
 

Peaches

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#14
Oooh, that sounds yummy.

So...proportions, please? Do you saute the garlic for a bit first in the oil by itself, and then add the broccoli? Or do you add it together? Do the broccoli top parts get all soaked with oil?
 
#15
Pumpkin with Goat Cheese
Boil/steam the pumpkin. Mash it. Fry some onions and garlic. Mix all together and put in oven. Cover with layers (slices) of goat cheese. Some salt and pepper. Have also used sweet potato instead of pumpkin which can be a substitute.

Artichokes with cherry tomatoes
Put olive oil, garlic, artichokes (cut into pieces), cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, salt and pepper in oven. Great taste, very easy side dish.
 

Joe

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#16
You only sautee the garlic solo for a few seconds--you don't want it to get too dark, or burnt--just enough to let some garlic flavor dissolve into the oil. Then toss in the broccoli for a minute so it picks up the oil and garlic. You don't really want too much oil, just enough so that the broccoli gets a light coat. Covering the bottom of the pan would be too much oil.

Proportions? Depends how much garlic you like with your broccoli. :)
 
#17
Remembered another good one.
You can use potatoes or a mix of potatoes and sweet potatos.
Put some butter, oil and garlic, slat and pepper and leek. Fry a bit, then put the potatoes. And a mixture of milk and cream, and/or sour cream. Put in oven and cook over low heat.
 

Peaches

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#20
Pumpkin with Goat Cheese
Boil/steam the pumpkin. Mash it. Fry some onions and garlic. Mix all together and put in oven. Cover with layers (slices) of goat cheese. Some salt and pepper. Have also used sweet potato instead of pumpkin which can be a substitute.

Artichokes with cherry tomatoes
Put olive oil, garlic, artichokes (cut into pieces), cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, salt and pepper in oven. Great taste, very easy side dish.
The artichokes thing sounds interesting, and kinda like something I could do. But I don't know squat about artichokes (other than I like them with spinach and cheese for dipping chips into). Do you use fresh ones, or do they come frozen or in jars/cans? Isn't there something odd about the way you prepare them or something, if you're using not-jarred ones?

And about the pumpkin, which I'd also like to try, but not for xmas... I assume you peel and whatnot the pumpkin so you just have the "walls" of it in chunks or something?

(Oddly enough, my dad was actually a chef. And still I know nothing about cooking.)
 

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