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SweetTsCreations's picture

how do i use mashed potatoes as a foil?( for a chicken dish)thank you.

Biscuit's picture

(post #34704, reply #1 of 8)

Could you please print the entire sentence or portion of the recipe that talks about this?


It could either mean "serve with this dish because it will contrast it perfectly" or  spread mashed potatoes on top to seal the dish in before baking, as in a chicken casserole type-of-dish?


I'm thinking it's probably the former, but you never know.



I'm not mean - you're just a sissy.


Edited 8/19/2007 2:32 pm ET by Biscuit

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SweetTsCreations's picture

(post #34704, reply #2 of 8)

"I like to serve the crisp chicken with a side of silky mashed potatoes as a foil"
this is what the sentence says.. thanks for the help

Biscuit's picture

(post #34704, reply #3 of 8)

Ah, yes.  Then definitely it's used as "contrast".

I'm not mean - you're just a sissy.

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SweetTsCreations's picture

(post #34704, reply #4 of 8)

thank you so much

chiffonade's picture

(post #34704, reply #7 of 8)

"I like to serve the crisp chicken with a side of silky mashed potatoes as a foil..."


Anytime you see this sentence structure, the restaurant or cook is trying to counterbalance one characteristic of a dish with another.  i.e. Serving a sharply flavored vinaigrette on a salad or vegetable with an entree that has a rich, creamy sauce (like an Alfredo or Hollandaise).


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MadMom's picture

(post #34704, reply #5 of 8)

Hi, SweetTsCreations, and welcome to CT.  Biscuit is right.  It's definitely used as a side dish.



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SweetTsCreations's picture

(post #34704, reply #6 of 8)

thank you

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(post #34704, reply #8 of 8)

Welcome SweetT. Where are you from? You might want to fill out a profile so that Glenys doesn't spank you. :)

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