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Old 07-17-2014, 11:49 AM   #11
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Your menu sounds bang on! You must go with the roast potatoes.......lots of them because everyone loves them and then I would also do a pot of mashed potatoes. That way one and all can have a choice.
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:00 PM   #12
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Roast pork with crackling- how to serve the potatoes?

I agree with Menumaker, AB and GG. Go with your amazing roasted potatoes. And I would love to have the recipe!
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:26 PM   #13
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I'm doing a roast pork with crackling for a Christmas in July dinner party this weekend.

I'm serving it with:

Brussels sprouts with almonds
Ginger glazed carrots
Potatoes- I can't decide whether to do roasted (I make amazing crispy crunchy fluffy roasted potatoes!), fluffy mashed potatoes, or scalloped potatoes.
My concern with doing the roasted potatoes is that everything will be too rich (fatty), since pork with crackling is pretty fatty. Any thoughts?

I was planning on serving apple sauce, would it be too much to serve roasted pears as well?

I want to be decadent, but don't want to overdo it.

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I can only say what I'd do but here goes.

We always have roast AND mashed potatoes (greedy us ) then diners can have either or both as they choose . Nicely crispy roasties aren't greasy. Mash can be made in advance and frozen to re-heat in the m/wave (another recent thread)

I'd probably stick at apple sauce (and make it the day before to have one less thing to do) but they are your friends/family not mine so go with what you think they'll like and what you can be bothered with - you don't want to be frazzled to death and too tired to enjoy the party. It isn't great fun to sit through the event wishing they'd get on with the washing up and leave you to curl up under the table and go to sleep
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Old 07-17-2014, 12:32 PM   #14
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That's from classic French or Italian cuisine. Not much followed these days.
True, But it sure made my Thanksgiving dinners easier to prepare. Oh all right. Some years I did go overboard. Who doesn't for holiday dinners. Specially on desserts.
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Is that a traditional Xmas dinner?
Cubans tend to have the big meal and open gifts on xmas eve. Suckling pig is traditional, but pork roast will work just fine.
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Cubans tend to have the big meal and open gifts on xmas eve. Suckling pig is traditional, but pork roast will work just fine.
The OP is in Australia, so she and her guests are probably not familiar with Cuban cuisine.
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The OP is in Australia, so she and her guests are probably not familiar with Cuban cuisine.
What does my answering Taxlady's question have to do with the OP's location?
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The OP is in Australia, so she and her guests are probably not familiar with Cuban cuisine.
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What does my answering Taxlady's question have to do with the OP's location?
Well, I was asking because the OP is in Australia. I actually wanted to know if the sides you mentioned were traditional for Xmas. I'm not saying that wouldn't make a lovely meal. I just think that serving that would make it a plain old party, not Xmas in July.
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What does my answering Taxlady's question have to do with the OP's location?
I thought I explained that in the second half of the sentence, but here's the rest of my thinking: Would you try a completely new cuisine you've never cooked before for a holiday dinner coming up this weekend? Maybe you would, but I think most people would not.
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Well, I was asking because the OP is in Australia. I actually wanted to know if the sides you mentioned were traditional for Xmas. I'm not saying that wouldn't make a lovely meal. I just think that serving that would make it a plain old party, not Xmas in July.
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