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Clam Chowder Go-With?

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

    1. 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. Manhattan style, or New England?

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        1. re: greygarious

          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!

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

            1. 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. 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!