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I am cooking porchetta,looking for a great side dish

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jlix Nov 2, 2007 08:03 AM

I want something that will contrast nicely-- maybe some kind of greens? any suggestions appreciated!

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  1. JungMann RE: jlix Nov 2, 2007 08:47 AM

    As it is Fall, I would go with bitter greens. Perhaps an arugula salad with walnuts, balsamic, grape tomatoes, blue cheese and some of the crackling from the porchetta? Otherwise escarole sauteed with olives or anchovies and garlic would work nicely, too. You can brighten the dish with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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      aftertastesherry RE: jlix Nov 2, 2007 09:07 AM

      Although I've only ever done it with pancetta, I think the porchetta would work nicely too. Try sauteeing it with garlic, shallots, salt, pepper, and brussel sprouts. Just make sure to peel the outside layer of leaves off the sprouts (they're tough) and quarter the sprouts.The sprouts become tender with only a mild hint of bitterness, while the pork imparts a lovely saltiness to them.
      The season for brussel sprouts is ending soon, but they should be around for at least the next month.

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        JungMann RE: aftertastesherry Nov 2, 2007 11:02 AM

        Are you thinking of a prosciutto instead of porchetta? Your sprout recipes sounds terrific, I do similar with bacon and omit shallots, but porchetta won't give off the salt you're implying it will.

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        link_930 RE: jlix Nov 2, 2007 11:52 AM

        Refreshing salad: mache, capers, radishes, and beets with the usual lemon zest, balsamic vinegar, etc.

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