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What to serve with Risotto

BJE Mar 6, 2007 04:46 PM

Now that I have become to love risotto, I was wondering what are good things to serve with it. I have only made a fairly plain risotto with shallots, mushrooms, peas and parmesan cheese.

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  1. sivyaleah RE: BJE Mar 6, 2007 04:48 PM

    I'm confused. Do you mean serve with it as a side dish, or cook into it as an addition to the risotto?

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      piccola RE: BJE Mar 6, 2007 04:52 PM

      Definitely a big, green salad, preferably with a lemony vinaigrette. You might want something else with bright colours and sharp-ish flavours - maybe some garlicky tomatoes...

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        The Jeff Next Door RE: piccola Mar 6, 2007 05:12 PM

        I second piccola. Anything crisp and green is good, of course, including broccoli. The important thing is that it offset the richness of the risotto.

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        BJE RE: BJE Mar 6, 2007 04:53 PM

        Sorry about the confusion. I mean serve with it as a side dish.

        1. Chinon00 RE: BJE Mar 6, 2007 06:23 PM

          I've never really heard of serving a risotto with a side item. I've heard of the opposite, most famously Osso Bucco with Risotto Milanese. Moreover, in the Italian style of eating you might see a risotto served during the pasta course followed then by a meat course. Also, a more profound dish like a seafood risotto could serve as main all by itself. I might served a small salad afterward.

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            cimui RE: BJE Mar 6, 2007 08:20 PM

            I love it with chicken braised with tomato and basil; the SO loves it with lobster or shrimp with butter; we both like it with a good Italian sweet sausage. Artichoke hearts or asparagus with a squirt of lemon are great veggie options.

            1. daily_unadventures RE: BJE Mar 6, 2007 08:25 PM

              If you want an actual side I would go with roasted asparagus. Usually I go with something heartier though like lamb shanks.


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                Franken RE: BJE Mar 6, 2007 08:48 PM

                butter and cheese

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