Appetizer on the side

I have a challenge with side dishes. While I have a large number of recipes that I draw upon for main dishes, I find I return to the same old standbys for side dishes. This challenge becomes greater in low-carb land. No rice, no potato, no pasta and no bread. While I generally have some steamed or roasted vegetable as a side, to round out the plate I often look for a third item.

Friday night I was faced with such a challenge. While spending time away from home, I was shopping for dinner and needed a second side that was low carb. My solution? Make it an appetizer.

While this is not necessarily inventive or unusual, it was for me. I settled on the following:

Cheese: a wedge of blue, a wedge of a MerlotĀ flavored hard cheese and mozzarella.

Tomatoes: Both some grape tomatoes with the mozzarella (drizzled with a little olive oil) and some sun-dried ones

Fruit: Mango cubes and red raspberries (not very low carb but ok in moderation)

A stylish tray indeed. If I make a tray like this in the future, what other items should I be sure to include? Send me a comment with your favorite choices.

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Categories: appetizer, Cheese, Fruit, kosher, Low Carb, Recipes, Side Dish, snack, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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5 Comments on “Appetizer on the side”

  1. February 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    I often include nuts or even prosciutto/salami on an antipasto platter like this.


  2. February 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    I like to include grape on my cheese plates, because their good and they look pretty


  3. GSG
    February 27, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    Peperoncini for palate cleanser.


  4. February 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Lovely platter. I might have added some Kalamata Olives.


  5. March 24, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Love this plate and everything in it. Surely fresh and tempting to eat! I may add coconut blocks into it, cold ones. Freshy freshyyyy ^_^


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