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Suggestions for a dessert to serve with fried seafood.

I've offered to bring a dessert for 40 for a meal of fried shrimp, fried cod, coleslaw, and baked potatoes.
I was planning on basic carrot cake/chocolate cake, but that sounds too heavy.
Any advice? Ann

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      1. re: FrankJBN

        Not everyone likes watermelon but I agree with fresh fruit to offset all the greasiness of the fried foods.

        1. re: weezieduzzit

          for summer entertaining, my mother always served a big bowl of cut up melon: seeded watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, with cherries, strawberries and grapes. she served it with dinner, but there was always some left for dessert.

          for that many people after a fried main, a fruit salad and maybe some pound cake would be perfect.

          1. re: wonderwoman

            Agree that fruit would be a great ending...and how about something alcoholic to soak them in? Maybe in a squeeze bottle so people can add it or not. Desert wine? Brandy over the fruit?

      2. This might sound a little strange, but I remember having a big fried seafood dinner at a place in Cincinnati maybe 30 years ago. the restaurants served complimentary warm cinnamon rolls with a brandy sauce. They were delicious after that meal!

        And suddenly that has me thinking that bread pudding might be a possibilty for you.

        1. Sorbet or sherbet (even ice cream is too rich when there's a fried entree).
          Fruit salad
          Upscale jello - google "sea glass jello", which would fit the theme of the meal, or look for other creative gelatin preparations.

          1. I say a light and airy pie... lemon meringue or even coconut cream pie.

            Or what about a nice banana pudding?

            1. i think lemon squares or raspberry cookie bars of some sort would be nice; an acidic dessert after a fried meal.