We're making a gnocchi with brown butter and sage for an upcoming dinner. What should we serve with it?

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Kayb
Kayb November 7, 2010

A slightly sweet vegetable -- perhaps glazed carrots, or butternut squash -- and a green salad with a nice tart viniagrette.

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brdwilliams
brdwilliams November 7, 2010

Thanks! Any thoughts on dessert? I was thinking of a homemade ice cream with a simple cookie of some sort (maybe some spice in one or the other?)

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sixelagogo
sixelagogo November 7, 2010

pair it with a finely shredded cabbage salad + pecans + apple + blue cheese?

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pierino
pierino November 7, 2010

Veal.

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Stacey Snacks
Stacey Snacks November 7, 2010

Nothing but a simple salad.
The gnocchi is heavy and the buttery crisp sage will be a meal in itself!
We love this meal.

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beyondcelery
beyondcelery November 7, 2010

Pears poached in red wine make an excellent dessert after gnocchi, especially when the gnocchi are made with butternut squash instead of potatoes.

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Mr_Vittles
Mr_Vittles November 7, 2010

An acidic salad, like a simple balsamic vinegar and EVOO. Greens should be light, maybe escarole, ie bitter greens.

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mrslarkin
mrslarkin November 7, 2010

Sounds very autumnal! I'd do veal (or chicken) saltimbocca. A shaved raw Brussels sprouts salad w pecans, bacon, cranberries dressed w maple vinnaigrette. Dessert: pumpkin ice cream and clove cookies.

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innoabrd
innoabrd November 8, 2010

I'd go for a sauteed spinach. Toss the washed (and still wet) spinach in a pot on medium and cover. Stir it a few times until it wilts, then saute in a hot pan with some alive oil and finish with lemon juice.

Gnocchi are heavy, I'd do a desert that's light on the cream. Maybe a fruit tart?

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healthierkitchen
healthierkitchen November 8, 2010

Mrs. Larkin - love the menu. When's dinner?

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Jon Palmer
Jon Palmer November 8, 2010

A suggestion regarding the dessert portion of your question:

Star anise ice cream is fantastic. My favorite one had sesame seeds in it and the contrasting texture was brilliant. Ginger would then be a good complimentary spice to use in the cookie. Maybe not the standard ginger and molasses cookie, though - what about a ginger-spiced shortbread? Something very simple like that to highlight the ginger as it interacts with the great anise flavor of the ice cream.

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