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Oct 13, 2008 09:04 AM

Need a side dish for Fish Party

I been invited to a Fish Party and need to bring a side dish. The fish will be tuna, tile fish, soft shell crabs and dolphin, I assume they will be grilled. I know the host through business but not on a personal basis. I don't want to bring anything to gourmet, I find that most people are unadventurous when it comes to food, but don't want to bring something ordinary like cole slaw, potato salad. Suggestions please!

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  1. Something different and outside the bubble....

    How about a Fruit inspired Salsa such as Mango or Pineapple to accompany the grilled fish? If the host decides not to use can double as a dip during pre-dinner cocktails.

    1. Ina Garten's Roasted Vegetables with Orzo salad is wonderful. It sits out at room temp, no refrigeration needed. And everyone raves when I bring it to a gathering. The simple part is roasting the veggies all together in the oven!

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      1. re: mcel215

        Yes, that Orzo recipe is very good....or how about a "different" slaw, like one without mayo...Epicurious has a recipe called "Super Slaw" that is out of the ordinary...I always add some chopped fresh jalapeno for heat. Epicurious' Orzo with Everything is delicious too. Or you could go down an entirely different path with a Broccoli Salad..there are many variations of that one, too, but it's a great salad to take anywhere.

        1. re: Val

          I made the epicurious super-slaw as a side to a fried fish dinner we went to and it was a huge hit. It did not, however, hold up too well... after a few hours it got very soggy. I brought the dressing in a seperate container and tossed there. It was delicious and got thumbs up from all.

          1. re: CeeBee

            CeeBee, I read about it not holding up well in the reviews...for us, it wasn't much of an son loved the leftovers as well; heh, so did I! Very smart to bring the dressing separately! I'll remember that next time I take it somewhere...thanks!

      2. The Rice and Vegetable Salad from the Silver Palate Cookbook is wonderful, a bit different, and not too "gourmet" for those unadventurous types. Rice, red and green peppers, red onions, scallions, shallots, currants (i prefer golden raisins here), parsley, dill and black olives (which I usually omit), tossed in a simple red wine vinaigrette. This salad gets raves when I've made it. It is seriously good and looks great too..

        1. Do you need to make this ahead of time? I've made some saffron mashed potatoes that are excellent with fish, and need to rest 30 minutes before serving.

          1. What about a Thai style green papaya salad? Or Vietnamese style pickled carrots and cucumbers...I think both pair well with fish, especially grilled, and are not too unapproachable for the unadverturous, they just look like veggies!