What's a fabulous entree to serve after spinach gnocchi?

The entree needs to be vegetarian, too. The spinach gnocchi will have a heavy cream sauce, so maybe something lighter or just in a different direction...Thanks

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jamieyuenger January 9, 2012
I love the antipasto platter idea! I think I'll go with that as the starter, and then maybe have fried artichokes as the side dish with the gnocchi. Much gratitude, everyone!
 
susanm January 9, 2012
I would go with something acidic to cut through the heaviness of the gnocchi.
perhaps a grilled portobello with balsamic reduction...or the Northern Spy's Kale Salad featured today...
or even a simple ratatouille could be amazing.
 
jenmmcd January 9, 2012
I agree with others about flipping the order but then I also see only wanting to have a bit of the gnocchi. I love gnocchi, but I don't want it as an entree. What about eggplant parm (or some kind of tomato and eggplant dish)? Here are a few random ideas to accompany, though they're also pretty heavy -- arancini (fried risotto balls) or just risotto, a stuffed winter squash or sweet potato ravioli (also yummy with an egg yolk inside), lasagna or lasagna rolls (where you take the lasagna noodle and roll the filling inside; it's less heavy) or a butternut squash lasagna...?
 
Greenstuff January 9, 2012
I guess it makes sense to think in terms of antipasto - primo instead of primo - secondo for an Italian vegetarian meal, as Italian secondos are generally meat. But if you go that way, I'd maybe do an antipasto like the grilled/roasted vegetables first and the green salad after the gnocchi.
 
cranberry January 9, 2012
I agree with switching the order of the courses and as a starter I'd do an antipasto platter with various grilled or roasted vegetables and some briney olives etc. If you wanted a bit of cheese on that I'd stick with something not-creamy like feta. Alternatively I'd make a salad with a vinaigrette dressing - perhaps arugula and roasted beets with a few parmesan shavings on top.
 

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amysarah January 8, 2012
Maybe switch the order of courses. Since gnocchi in cream sauce is sort of heavy, that could be your entree; and serve something lighter - like a soup, or salad with roast vegetables, or vegetable terrine, or anything non-starchy/creamy/cheesy - as the starter?
 
Greenstuff January 8, 2012
Much as I love souffles, I think I'd stay away from eggs and dairy after a rich gnocchi course. Maybe an artichoke stew or something with grilled or roasted vegetables?
 
jamieyuenger January 8, 2012
Well, I guess I don't want to add more cheese to the night. The gnocchi is being served with a heavy cream sauce. Maybe a different kind of soufflé though? Thanks!
 
Nina L. January 8, 2012
Would you consider some sort of souffle? Possibly a cheese souffle? It can be put in the oven right before you eat your first course and ready in 15-20 min. Impressive and simple to make.
 
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