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Old 09-28-2006, 11:28 AM   #1
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What veg goes with this:

Hi. I don't know much about cooking, but I want to cook a meal for a special occasion with my girlfriend. I've found a recipe for chicken breasts stuffed with mozzarella and basil, wrapped in bacon, fried then oven cooked, that sounds very nice. I don't know what to serve with it though. I like the idea of pan-fried vegetables, but don't exactly know how to cook them or what ones would go with what I'm making. Any other suggestions would be welcome also.

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Old 09-28-2006, 11:59 AM   #2
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That's a lovely entree you've chosen, amateur. Since it's fairly elaborite, I would pair it with simple sides, like a baked potato or rice pilaf and salad.
If you choose a box of Rice-a-roni or Uncle Ben's for a pilaf, I won't tell anyone.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:02 PM   #3
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haha, thank you! I've not even heard of Rice-a-roni, so I won't be tempted by that! Rice could be good though. Like that yellow semi-spicy rice.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:07 PM   #4
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Hi amateur and welcome! I think since you are liking the idea of sauteed veggies you might want to get some zucchini and dice it up and then just lightly fry it in some butter and sprinkle it with some seasoned salt (I also add a teesy splash of soy sauce but that might not work with your chicken) before serving.

I second the rice idea. I think the stuff you are referring to is saffron rice. A bit pricy, but tasty. You could just do regular rice as you have lots of flavours in your entree and it would be nice to have a very simple side. Perhaps do the rice in chicken broth instead of plain water?
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:07 PM   #5
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Roasted potatoes are excellent with just about everything, cut them up in small cubes, toss them with evoo, herb mix of provenše (if this is not available, mixture of oregano, maggioram, thyme, rosemary) and a little extra rosemary and salt. First cook it in a baking dish covered for about 25-30 min. at 180░C/350░F, then uncover and and cook further for another 15 minutes or until the surface is golden brown, or you can turn the oven to broil, it will reach the desired effect quicker. Or maybe it is possible to do the last stretch together in the same tray with the chicken.

Pair with some steamed broccoli drizzled with good evoo and lightly toasted pine nuts.

How does that sound?
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:20 PM   #6
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You're packing quite a flavor punch in your entree - I love to do zucchini and yellow squash sliced sauteed with some white wine, butter, s & P.

OR some nice roasted veggies in the oven.

I also like the idea of rice or roasted potatoes. The rice can be as simple as rice cooked in chicken broth with some chopped onions then when done toss in some sauteed mushrooms/garlic/red wine. Of course s & p and maybe even some thyme.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:24 PM   #7
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Okay, I'm off in a minute, I think I'm gonna do some rice, maybe saffron rice, or white rice cooked in chicken stock/water, and add some lightly fried zucchini/courgette on the side. How does that sound? Thanks for your help, and wish me luck!
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:25 PM   #8
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LUCK! And try this for dessert. Simple, yet decadent.
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:29 PM   #9
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Cooking an entree AND a dessert in the same night? I don't think I'm ready for that yet. Hence the username
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Old 09-28-2006, 12:31 PM   #10
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Trust me, you do the dessert early in the day (and this cake is like a really heavy shortbread, very easy) and do the dinner just before. You'd be golden. No problem.
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