This Christmas I'm taking it easy on the cooking and buying homemade pork and chicken tamales from a local lady who is famous for them. I would like to serve a few vegetable sides and maybe a light soup. Any suggestions?
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I would go for something crisp and savory/acidic to contrast the tamales. How about something like a shaved fennel salad with olives and herbs? And this seems like it could be a moment for Paul Bertolli's Genius cauliflower soup!
Thanks, shaved fennel salad is a favorite and has the added benefit of keeping more than one day in the fridge as left-overs. Good idea.
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And citrus is good now, and good for contrast to the tamales.
Orange and onion salad.
Or dark greens, walnuts, orange segments.
I have some lovely tangerines on the tree right now (CA living...) so that's a great idea.
Nopales soup, rich chicken broth with some diced tomato, onion, garlic, dried oregano, add the nopales towards the end, canned work well, some fresh cilantro on top , maybe a dollop of crema agria.
Ooh...I want that for dinner tonight!
I agree with Nancy regarding the citrus salad with dark greens. You might try a grapefruit vinaigrette with it and as a first course a pumpkin or butternut bisque with crumbled queso fresco and toasted pumpkin seeds For additional vegetable sides perhaps a roasted vegetable medley including red, green and yellow peppers, purple onions and baby bellas.
Good ideas. I love butternut bisque and I bet I could add a little kick with chile.
Keep it simple and ask a friend in Texas.
I know it is a little late but when serving tamales it is always nice to have a good chili sauce to top them with. Salsa with chips and guacamole is always good to have as well, I like to fancy up the quac or make a colorful salad with avacado in it. Here In Houston Texas we serve beans and rice as the side. When serving salad we use a cilantro or tequila lime vinegarett
Thanks for all the great suggestions - I melded them and did a big fennel and arugula salad with Bosc pears, dried cranberries, and a cilantro orange vinaigrette. It was a big hit! I also made a spicy butternut squash soup. Dinner was a success!
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Well played. You deserve a cookie.
A speedy snack (or study break).
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