vegetarian sides with oysters & crab cakes?
I'm supposed to bring the vegetarian part of a meal, for which the birthday boy has requested crab cakes (San Francisco-style, dungeness) and cornmeal-breaded fried oysters. Being a life-long vegetarian, I have no idea what sort of flavors would go with either of those.
Ideas? I know they like my Indian food, and my Thai coconut curries. Would those overwhelm? Maybe a soup? I know the birthday boy is a fan of simple country food like pots of beans. Could that work?Main vs side dish distinction irrelevant, ovo-lacto welcome. Thanks in advance!
Thanks, it's a big help, I felt quite at sea. Obviously so, if I'm throwing out a mish-mash of ideas from Indian to country bean pots! But I care about how things go together, and I've never tasted an oyster or a crab.
Slaw or a salad makes sense for balance, given fried things and all. Thanks for the specific ingredient recommendations. I'm hoping for one more substantial dish, since I don't want the vegetarians to starve -- butternut squash soup sounds great, I've done one with thyme and gruyere based out of the Greens cookbook that's quite good -- but I'm also tempted to go all country with mac and cheese and collards. I think the birthday boy would get a kick out of that.
Just to clarify, no worries about accommodating "mainstream" tastes.
I don't know why from my post anyone would be concerned about that... was it that I said the honoree is a fan of simple country food? If it was, please don't assume he is any less sophisticated, experienced, or open than anyone else. Frankly, no one who will be at this meal is so uncultured -- or such a snob -- as to object to anything out of hand. They like to mix it up. "Exotic" as electicsynergy put it, is not a word I've ever heard any of them apply to food.
Thanks again to all!
I'd second the suggestion of a slaw for one side dish- right at home with fried oysters & crab cakes. Conventional or Asian style slaw, or maybe a variant like Creamy Cilantro-Lime Slaw, Red Cabbage Apple Endive Slaw, or Kale Slaw with Peanut Dressing. All of them vegetarian, well suited to seafood main dishes, and none of them so exotic as to draw major objections from someone with fairly mainstream tastes.