Menu help please-- starting with salmon chowder?
Hello, I'm having fish-eating vegetarians (pescetarians?) over for dinner this weekend. I was thinking about starting with a salmon-potato chowder, but then got stuck on a main course:
Stuffed peppers? Is that too "starchy" with a potato soup and then rice stuffed peppers?
Something noodle-y? Same starchy problem?
There's always the option of starting with a different soup and going with salmon as a main course, I guess, but this soup is particularly yummy!
Thanks for your help.
Why don't you do a very hearty chowder as a main, and have a lovely tossed salad and a spectacular cheese board, that people can enjoy after? You could then have a decadent dessert.
Chowder always fills me up, and especially in winter, people love to have soup.
Or you could do a CORN-potato chowder, then a baked or roasted salmon dish for the main. And I agree that a nice salad and cheese plattter would work great, too.
I like the salad idea (could maybe add some fresh bread or rolls to go with everything), or you could do a veggie-heavy entree, like a roasted vegetable napoleon or vegetable torta. Cook's Illustrated has a great vegetable torta recipe with layers of roasted eggplant, red pepper, and zucchini, bound with an egg custard blended with a head of roasted garlic, thyme, and a little lemon juice, with a fresh breadcrumb crust.
Try these sites for vegetarian recipes..
epicurious.com also has alot of really great veggie recipes.....it depends on whether you are exploring a fine dining type dinner, or a casual thing...i love the artichoke and mushroom lasagna recipe from there, as well as the butternut squash and hazelnut lasagna recipes.
I am one of those vegetarians who occasionally will eat some seafood (i think the terminology is pesca-vegetarian) kind of tend to agree that a salmon chowder is a meal all in itself. There is an absolutlely fantastic mussel chowder on the epicurious site, that is potato free..so not as heavy, and even then i serve that as a meal, with bread, and maybe some salad....along with dessert.