Recommendations for a kind-of-Italian, make-ahead green vegetable side dish?

I'm making a sit-down dinner for 10 people and would love some recommendations for a make-ahead green vegetable side dish. The rest of the dinner menu consists of the wonderful baked eggplant parm dish from this site, a short rib ragu served over polenta and likely a grilled Caesar salad to start. I've thought of roasted green beans with garlic and olive oil, but I'd be happy to do something a little more involved. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Posted by: keg72
  • December 12, 2014


ATG117 December 14, 2014
I think broccoli rage would be a nice counterpoint.
luvcookbooks December 13, 2014
Cardoons(there's a great recipe on this site). They're an Italian vegetable related to artichokes. Stuffed artichokes would also be good.
Bevi December 13, 2014
I make sdebrango's green bean and cherry tomato dish every Xmas. It's festive, can be made ahead, and served at room temperature.
It will be lovely with the rest of your menu!
ChezHenry December 12, 2014
Marcella Hazan's Zucchini gratin with Marjoram. Sublime.
dinner A. December 12, 2014
I think chard's flavor has a particular affinity with eggplant. Saute it lightly in advance with olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes, and finish it with a big squeeze of lemon. Or substitute chard in spinach roman style, with golden raisins and pine nuts:
Either way, it will be good at room temp, or you can put it in the oven for a few minutes when the eggplant is almost done.
cookinginvictoria December 12, 2014
How about Merrill's Swiss Chard with Garlic Breadcrumbs Salad? It has Italian flavors, the various components can be made-ahead and it is a little different, but very delicious. :)
Pegeen December 12, 2014
By the way, your menu sounds fantastic. The broccoli rabe is not exactly "make ahead" but I find it very hard to find a green veg that can be made much ahead unless you are serving it cold as a salad, or it's mixed with a starch or starchier vegetables in a casserole.
Pegeen December 12, 2014
Broccoli Rabe with Savory Pine Nuts and Meyer Lemon (AntoniaJames)
ChefJune December 12, 2014
I've added this tasty dish to my 12/25 menu after making a rough adaptation of it for Thanksgiving. You might like to try it...
Nancy December 12, 2014
Rapini, sauteed with a bit of garlic and olive oil. Superb! Most green vegetables take to same treatment. But/and something with a bit of sharpness to it is even more interesting.
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