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What accompanies pork tenderloin w/ prune sauce?

Hi... maybe I'm having a creativity deficit right at the moment. I'd like to serve pork tenderloin with prunes stewed in red wine, but I can't think of a good side dish (something more interesting than potatoes anyway). I was thinking about pan seared polenta slices, but I'm not sure how to dress the polenta. It has to go with the sweetness of the prunes... any ideas folks?

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  1. Maybe bake the polenta with a little bit of gorgonzola dolce?

    1. I know you said no potatoes, but I was thinking more along the sweet potato/yam lines, and not sure if you were thinking more of white type. Also some type of carrots would go well.

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      1. re: pamd

        Carrots are what I was thinking too... you absolutely have to make Marcella's braised carrots- they are revelatory! http://www.seasonalchef.com/roots.htm... Maybe that and a green salad.

        1. I like something a little tart with the sweet. A light lemon risotto, Israeli couscous, braised greens...

          1. Thanks for all of the suggestions - the carrot recipe looks really good - lots of concentrated carroty flavor. Couscous could be an interesting direction also.

            1. Other ideas:

              Spaetzle or gnocchi sauteed in some butter or duck fat

              Celery root puree

              Roasted veggies...fennel, sunchokes, carrots, etc.

              1. spaetzle or twisty egg noodles.

                1. I love wild rice with wild mushrooms.

                  1. Couscous with slivered almonds

                    If you serve polenta cakes, you can leave them plain and drizzle the prune sauce over them, or sprinkle them with a small amount of fresh rosemary.

                    1. The last time I made pork with prunes was Valentine's Day 2006, and I served it with green beans and celeriac puree:


                      1. I always serve it with a wild/brown rice combo, which can include diced carrots or red peppers if it's all looking too brown.