I plan to do a five hour slow roasted pork joint when friends come next Sunday but I want to do pre-prepared, different sides rather than roast potatoes, veg etc. so I'm thinking that nigella's fully loaded potato skins would go down well with adults and kids but wondering what else. Think I fancy some interesting salads, crusty bread etc
I think fully loaded potato skins would be too rich with the pork. I would do a mixed root mash - I do carrot, swede and potato and add seasoning, butter and nutmeg. You can pre-prepare this and reheat in the oven or microwave.
I also thibk that crusty breads and salad sounds lovely. You don't have to have potato at all. Or what about a cous-cous salad?
pork and beans (haricot cannellini etc) go really well together so you could make a dish of those (cook beans, add herbs - sage rosemary and garlic) and reserve some of the cooking liquid. Use this with some of the juices from the meat to make a broth to serve the beans in, you may want to add a squeeze or two of lemon and some good quality olive oil at the end. Dp like this very wet (almost like stew) i prefer it so the liquid only just covers the beans