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Clam Chowder Go-With?

katcraig Jul 29, 2010 08:13 AM

I'm making clam chowder for dinner, this will be the main dish. Any ideas for side dishes, light or substantial? Thanks in advance!

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    CookieLee RE: katcraig Jul 29, 2010 09:31 AM

    I would serve steamers, salad, crusty bread, and fruit. Iced tea, lemonade, beer, white wine. What time is dinner?!

    1. rcallner RE: katcraig Jul 29, 2010 10:42 AM

      CookieLee's ideas are really good - I'd emphasize crunchy stuff in the salad to contrast with the creamy chowder, like nice summer radishes, carrots, sliced hearts of palm, jicama, and probably recommend and vinaigrette with perhaps some blue cheese crumbles, rather than a creamy dressing.

      1. greygarious RE: katcraig Jul 29, 2010 10:58 AM

        Manhattan style, or New England?

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          katcraig RE: greygarious Jul 29, 2010 01:15 PM

          It's New England, and I think we'll go with the simple salad and crusty bread. We have some nice farm stand veggies to go in the salad. Thanks all!

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          Reed422 RE: katcraig Jul 29, 2010 11:02 AM

          Some seared tuna with a nice soy ginger dipping sauce would be nice as well as the obvious salad:)

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              mangetoutoc RE: katcraig Aug 3, 2010 02:11 AM

              With a creamy soup, I really like a good salad. Spinach and greens with some crunchy veggies, olives, avocado, and some roasted pepitas with a little more acidic zing in the dressing. When we want a bit more substantial salad, we'll add eggs and do a warm dressing with bacon and mustard with a touch of tarragon so it's still hearty but has a nice bite to offset the richness of the soup.

              1. cassoulady RE: katcraig Aug 3, 2010 06:42 AM

                I would do a big platter of oysters and shrimp to start with. once you get the hang of shucking oysters, it is not very hard and its very impressive!

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