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Old 02-20-2006, 05:40 PM   #1
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What to serve with Pot au Feu?

Every year, my family picks a different country, region, or ethnicity and makes a four- or five-course meal from that type of cuisine.

This year, we are doing "country French" and the main even is pot au feu. Here's the recipe we've chosen, which may not be stictly traditional, but we like it http://frenchfood.about.com/od/beefveal/r/potaufeu1.htm

Looks like the broth and baguette should served as a first course, so that takes care of that. Should we have some sort of salad with it? If so, what?

Or do you think salad is too much, since we'll be having appetizers and dessert, too?

I've been looking for an occasion to make this dish since I saw Martha make it on TV years ago!

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Old 02-20-2006, 06:25 PM   #2
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It sounds delish. I always think salad is a nice thing to have with any meal. How about a spinach salad, served in a cheese bowl?
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Old 02-20-2006, 06:41 PM   #3
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I've only ever eaten it served with French breads on the side, to dip into the gravy.
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Old 02-20-2006, 08:30 PM   #4
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. How about a spinach salad, served in a cheese bowl?
What's a cheese bowl, pdswife?

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Old 02-20-2006, 09:03 PM   #5
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Qsis, I think a dish like that calls for only the slightest hint of a salad, if any. Perhaps some steamed fresh asparagus spears, marinated in a nice vinagrette, served on a lettuce leaf with a bit of pimento or roasted red pepper over the top.
I would consider a fruit and cheese tray for dessert. If you can find some fresh figs, they would be a wonderful thing to include.
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:22 PM   #6
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absolutely ditto what constance suggests...that would be awesome!
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Old 02-20-2006, 09:32 PM   #7
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Qsis,
I think, if I were serving this, I'd want the attention to be right one tha main part, the cornichons, aioli and vinegrette and some nice french bread for the juices should be more than enough...Then I'd just finish the meal with some fruits like pears, apple, figs and a nice cheese. You're making a wonderful dinner, I'd love to be there. Whatever you decide, your family will be quite happy and pleased.

Let us know how it went.

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Old 02-21-2006, 01:33 PM   #8
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Yeah, but .... did you see THIS???

Thanks for the help, you guys! I understand the advice about keeping the other courses simple, and it looks like a bunch of you agree that fruit and cheese is the way to go for dessert.

Buuuuuuut, this sounds SO good! And creme brulee IS very light. :-)

Ghirardelli Chocolate Creme Brulee

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Old 02-21-2006, 01:34 PM   #9
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I did see it.. and it does look delish!!!!
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