what to serve as sides with bolognese?
I love making a big pot of spaghetti bolognese, but I always feel like i need some sides to go with. Any favorites you can share?
I think you might want something lighter and acidic to go on the side. How about:
roasted asparagus with shaved parmesan and aged balsamic drizzled on top?
steamed broccoli with lemon-garlic crumb topping?
You said it with much more feeling than I did, but yes, exactly. Hahaha. Although I would pass on the craisins myself, I haven't been able to find any that don't have artificial sweeteners. Anyone have any ideas if they are to be found anywhere? For the dressing I would recommend my recent concoction...I have a nice bottle of walnut oil, which I'll use a few good glugs of and squeeze a lemon or two into (depending on how much I'm making), I smash a garlic clove and plop that in squished but not chopped to be removed later, and salt and fresh ground pepper. It doesn't sound like much, but the walnut oil is seriously divine.
Wilted spinach or sauteed lacinato kale with garlic and oil and pine nuts. Or roasted winter vegetables drizzled with walnut oil. A simple green salad with oil and meyer lemon juice, salt & pepper; not a composed salad.
The idea is: simple, not complex. The ragu is complex. It should have no competition. It should be counterpointed by simplicity.
No cheesy side dishes. I repeat no cheesy side dishes. Nothing to compete in richness with the dairy in the ragu bolognese.