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First course for cioppino?

If a fabulously rich and flavorful, red wine-enriched cioppino is your main course, what would you serve as a first course for a casual (yet hopefully somewhat elegant) dinner party?

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  1. asparagus with hard-cooked egg shredded on top
    garlic flans
    arancini
    stuffed mushroom caps
    simple plate of olives, nuts, artichoke hearts and a few slivers of prosciutto
    very small portion of angel hair pasta finished with lots of lemon and slivered mint
    fried stuffed olives
    endive spears with couscous salad
    roasted yellow peppers with parsley, almonds and preserved lemon

    1. we make this every year as part of our christmas eve fishes dinner and usually its preceded by a very simple spaghetti aglio e olio but with added anchovies into the pan....also - make sure to make extra cioppino - the leftovers are amazing over some pasta....

        1. Something earthy but not too heavy, perhaps mushroom crostini?