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Nov 30, 2007 08:21 AM

What side to serve with fishcakes?

I am making the fishcakes from one of my favorite (obscure) cookbooks, The Cafe Brenda Cookbook, that combines red snapper or cod with potatoes, and calls for serving the cakes with different sauces, including spicy apricot chutney and a curry mayo. My question is: since there are potatoes in the cakes, I want a different side dish--ideas? I was thinking I would do a kale salad, but need something else, too...

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  1. I've eaten at Cafe Brenda! My first thought was a fennel bulb coleslaw. How about a red pepper soup? Carrots with ginger might be a nice fit.

    1. whenever I ate fishcakes as a kid, we had them with mashed potatoes and green peas. Therefore, I would suggest green peas - by themself or perhaps with mint and thinly sliced red onion that has been pan-fried.

      Sounds like a nice recipe for the fishcakes - would you be able to paraphrase here?
      Kale salad sounds great too.

      edited to add - another good side would be a mango salad.

      I have another idea - I made an edamame hummus a couple times recently - just shelled edamame, tahini, lemon/lime juice, spices whirred together. Delicious and simple and I think it would be a nice side with the fish cakes. Maybe with a little flat bread of some sort.

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      1. re: pescatarian

        That's what I was thinking ... are you *allowed* to eat them without peas?

        1. re: pescatarian

          Agree on the mashed potato, with butter. Also baked potato, or mac&cheese. Peas with any of these. Another green veg will do in a pinch. I like Trader Joe's sweet chili sauce with fishcakes/sticks.

        2. Since you are having chutney and curry mayo you can serve ketchup as a side.

          Remember as Reagan taught us - it's a vegetable.

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          1. re: FrankJBN

            Go to your room Frank.
            With fish cakes, the only side dishes you ought to consider is a simple slaw, applesauce, some lemon slices, and just maybe some homemade baked beans.

            1. re: Gio

              Classic. And there's dinner. That's exactly what I'd serve.

            2. First choice would be sweet potatoe french fries.
              Given the potato dilema, i would do butternut squash.

              1. It doesn't seem to go with your side sauces, but I thought I should throw in that the classic New England pairing, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, is fish cakes and beans. Baked beans, Boston-style. It's on many a Friday-night dinner table, and available year-round in diners and small-town restaurants.