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Old 11-05-2008, 02:03 PM   #11
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Some sauteed leafy green.

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Very mild flavor, Sattie. Not like the licorice liquor.

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Old 11-05-2008, 02:10 PM   #13
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How about carrots simmered in marsala wine, then splashed with lemon. Or slow cooked cabbage. That way, you can keep your attention on the risotto.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:27 PM   #14
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andy, what veggies are going into your osso buco? most recipes call for carrots, and i've often had it with peas as well.

they've been heretofore mentioned, but i'd think the sauteed greens or stingbeans would go nicely. i like qs's suggestion of fennel with some onion, but i'd leave out the cheese.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:35 PM   #15
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In keeping with your theme, you can do kale braised with pancetta and onions. It's a vegetable side dish commonly served in Lombardy where osso bucco originated from.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:48 PM   #16
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:43 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by jennyema View Post
Some sauteed leafy green.
I agree... that or Broccoli Rabe. The bitterness these would be a good counterpoint to the osso buco and risotto. They aren't really "sweet," but the texture is soft, and the effect is "sweet-ish."
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Old 11-05-2008, 04:18 PM   #18
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Well, the first thing that popped in my mind was parsley'ed buttered carrots.

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Old 11-05-2008, 04:34 PM   #19
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As ossu buco is a hearty dish of humble origins, pair it with something equally comforting, but with a bit of a twist. If available, you might try stuffing squash or pumpkin blossoms with a savory bread dressing laced with a chiffanade of nasturtium flowers and leaves. Or just serve a savory sage flavored dressing as a side, along with dill green beens.

You have so many options avaiable to you. Good luck on finding just the right side to tempt everyone's pallate.

Another good choice might be roasted acorn squash, or mashed rutabegga, sweetened lightly with brown sugar and ginger.

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Old 11-05-2008, 04:49 PM   #20
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WOW! You guys are great. Thanks for all the great ideas to make our dinner great.

I'll discuss the options with SO.

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