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What goes with stroganoff?

I'm making dinner for my boss in a couple of days.

So far I'm making maple apple pie with whipped cream (they liked this pie last time I made it), and stroganoff with egg noodles, maybe some nice hot chocolate... or maybe a spiced apple cider? I can't think of a side. What would go well with beef in a mushroom/garlic/onion/sour cream gravy over noodles? It seems like a heavy dinner so far, so maybe a "bright" side, but I'm at a loss. I love heavy foods myself, and were I making it at home would serve with potatoes, or string beans sautee'd in garlic butter. Should I do a bread? I make a good garlic-cheese biscuit, and love a good toasted sourdough....

I'm at a loss, can you help?

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  1. As a side to the stroganoff over noodles, how about a beet/apple salad with Romaine lettuce? Or perhaps some roasted green beans with almonds or hazelnuts? I'm thinking contrast here; as you say, "bright" and also some crunch to offset the creamy. As to bread, I'd say toasted sourdough rather than a heavy (and strongly flavored) biscuit. Keep the main dish the star here.

    Your apple pie is another star... it doesn't seem to need cider or hot chocolate to accompany it. Coffee laced with a cordial would probably be nicer...and lighten things up a bit.

    Necessary disclaimer: I'm a tea drinker, so I can't speak too much about coffee issues beyond what's up there ^

    PS: What time is dinner? I can fly to CA in 5+ hours...Ha!

    1. salad. with some lovely winter citrus.

      1. Years ago I made a vegetarian version of stroganoff with kale or chard. It worked, so maybe a lightly braised kale, chard or mustard green dish might work.

        1. Sounds like you are planning to serve your boss a delicious dinner... but you've left out all the vegetables. Think fancy restaurants.. whether you eat them or not, most meals like that would be served with an entree salad and a side of of vegetables. If you're serving noodles forget the potatoes (don't need two starches) and make the bread a side. Serve first a small fresh green salad with a good, simple oil and wine dressing, and peas or some other green vegetable on the side with the entree.

          Frozen peas or spinach or whatever made by package directions are fine for company at this time of year. Either impossible to get or horrendously expensive fresh in most of the country. And especially when you're going to such trouble with the rest of the meal.

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          1. So maybe a spinnach/spring greens salad (here in CA they're still not expensive this time of year) served cold with dressing (as somebody mentioned, I needed a vegetable), and maybe hot cider served along side (I'm thinking sandwiching the flavours... hot apple or spiced tea or cider at the beginning, warm apple pie with cold whipped cream to end it.... hey that's a progression of temperatures too cool!)