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gettingmarriedsoon May 8, 2013 04:13 PM

Hi! I'm getting married next month, and we're stuck on what to offer as a side dish. At dinner, our fish option is macadamia-encrusted Chilean sea bass with a citrus glaze. We're serving this with asparagus and ___________. The ______could be a grain, pasta or potato. Our caterer is very flexible but I haven't liked any of their suggestions for this particular piece. We're looking for something that would be delicious and interesting and have broad appeal--and I thought this crowd would have some suggestions!!! Thanks so much!

  1. ipsedixit May 9, 2013 07:56 PM

    Instead of a side, I would ditch the asparagus, and serve the sea bass on a bed of (steamed) spinach drizzled with just a touch of toasted sesame oil and some nori flakes.

    To finish the dish, I would dot the plate with roasted shallots or pearl onions, and barring that I would roast some garlic cloves and use that.

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      critter101 May 9, 2013 07:48 PM

      I vote for rice pilaf (mixed with vermicelli), and dried cranberries with a bit of lemon zest.

      1. Kris in Beijing May 9, 2013 03:21 PM

        Quinoa. Here're a bunch of recipes:
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        Parsley Tabbouleh:
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          alwayshungrygal May 9, 2013 01:58 PM

          Multi-colored orzo with diced red, green and orange bell peppers, sauteed in olive oil. Maybe some chopped fresh parsley for more color.

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            gettingmarriedsoon May 9, 2013 06:10 PM

            Thanks so much for all of the responses! A bunch of great ideas for us to think about :)

          2. steve h. May 9, 2013 10:33 AM

            We go with two: Orzo with spinach is the main side. We also broil up some cherry tomatoes to add much-needed color to the plate.

            1. perk May 8, 2013 08:08 PM

              orzo with lemon zest and herbs.....

              1. sgordon May 8, 2013 05:57 PM

                Certainly not pasta. Pasta is a dish in and of itself, generally. You want something that will sop up the juices and sauce, so rice would be the logical option - maybe cook the rice with a bit of lemon peel to mirror the citrus in the glaze. My first thought, were I cooking that at home, would be a rice pilaf with preserved lemon and chopped dates.

                Potatoes just aren't clicking with that dish in my head.

                1. letsindulge May 8, 2013 05:57 PM

                  Something simple like a buttery rice, and orzo pilaf, or roasted fingerling potatoes. Let the sea bass be the star.

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