Sides to serve with crab legs
I'm trying to think of side dishes that would go well with crab legs at a Christmas Eve family gathering. Others are providing the crab.
In the past I've provided hor d'oeuvres like cheese, pate, savory crepes, and salads like a Nicoise. For this meal I am trying to think of finger foods (and dips) that would go well with the crab itself.
Its king crab season in Alaska! We almost never eat it with melted butter but prefer sauces such as:
cocktail sauce - catsup, horseradish, lemon, worcestershire, pepper
flavored mayos - add chipotle, tarragon or other sauces/herbs to mayo
green goddess - mayo, garlic, parsley, anchovies
For sides, I like veggies or salad to offset the richness of the crab. Artichokes, green beans, brussels, sauted spinach, warm spinach salad.
When we have cracked crab, artichokes seem to go particularly well - a whole eat-with-you-hands meal. Ditto for crusty bread, deviled eggs.
You might think of an antipasto platter along the lines of your Nicoise salad. If you live in a very cold area, a pot of hot soup simmering on the back burner could also be welcome.
Merry Christmas. Have a lovely meal.