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Need a starch dish to serve with grilled tuna and vegetables

I'm going to a July 4th bbq. The host is grilling tuna and summer veggies. I volunteered to bring a "starch." Suggestions please.


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  1. How about a spicy peanut sauce noodle salad?
    Get some soba noodles cook according to instructions.
    Blend together creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, hot chili sauce, garlic, ginger, sugar and some water.
    Julienne some cucumber, carrots, chop some scallions and cilantro and toss everything together before serving.

    1. Salad of black-eyed peas and red potato?

      1. I love couscous served as a side with fish. If you really want to make it easy for yourself, Near East makes incredibley good tasting boxed couscous and rice pilaf mixtures. You can use those as a base, and improve on them easily since they have really good recipes on the boxes incorporating other ingredients. I've made many of them and have gotten rave reviews on all of them.


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        1. re: sivyaleah

          Agree about couscous,everyone loves it and it's really easy to make. Maybe think about using some lemon and lots of fresh herbs to compliment the tuna and veggies. It's a great dish that tastes just as good hot or at room temp. Have a fun party!

          1. Grilled polenta cakes that have parmesan and sage in them.

            1. What great ideas! Now, how do I choose? :)

              1. If your host is making it an Asian theme, then do the noodles, otherwise, you might as well choose the one that you think you'll enjoy the best (everyone or almost everyone will like it too)...

                1. Grilled plantains.

                  Many recipes if you google it. I've done them seasoned (S&P) and oiled and with bbq sauce. You can elaborate from there. You can more or less treat 'em like potatoes.

                  Good stuff


                  1. Along the asian line, make some cold rice noodles (vermicelli are my favorite) and then bring along "mix ins"-- roasted peanuts, bean sprouts, lime wedges, shredded carrots/zucchini/iceberg lettuc, fresh thai (or regular) basil, fresh cilantro, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and hot sauce (sriracha is my current obsession). Yummy, cold, and except for making the noodles ahead of time, no cooking, just lots of prep.