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Cutting "richness",

A friend is having a holiday dinner for ladies from work. She plans on serving shrimp in a gruyere sauce in crepes. She would like to add a sidedish which would cut the "richness" of the sauce. Suggestions?

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  1. Acid cuts richness.

    A crisp side salad with a tasty vinaigrette would be good.

    1. A crisp salad would do the trick. I find that going a little heavier on the vinegar definitely helps when I make cole slaw to go with my husband's pulled pork, which is very rich.

      1. I would serve a hot vegetable as well as a salad.
        I love broccoli rabe sautéed with garlic it pairs beautifully with something rich.
        Or
        Roasted veg
        Cauliflower, asparagus, spinach and Broccoli are natural pairings with cheese sauce, they can be steamed or roasted
        This recipe looks spectacular. I would probably omit the Parmesan though.
        http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/bu...

        1. i'd recommend a winter salad. there was a thread a couple years back with tons of tremendous combinations.

          i'd favor something crunchy, and including shaved fennel and frisee, with toasted almonds or pecans, a champagne-shallot vinaigrette & pomegranate seeds.

          6 Replies
          1. re: alkapal

            I think a winter salad would be perfect. Your idea sounds great!

            1. re: alkapal

              am with you on a salad with sharp dressing and peppery greens.

              or fennel/clementine/red onion.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I've made this Batali salad with fennel, blood orange and pomegranite.

                http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/shaved...

                1. re: c oliver

                  like hotoynoodle's salad with clementines, that blood orange salad has pretty colors, too -- to contrast with the dull-ish colors of cheesy shrimp crepes.

                  and whatever salad (or side) it is, it needs CRUNCH -- because the crepes are soft, soft, soft.

                2. re: hotoynoodle

                  that citrus component is excellent for pairing with the shrimp!

                3. Butter lettuce with citrus vinaigrette and sautéed broccoli raab