Olives all'Asconala as a starter, not appetiser... any ideas?

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  1. plasmatic

    plasmatic

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    Hey all! I'm Katie, from the UK, new to the forums (obviously!) 


    I'm doing a dinner party soon, and I want to serve my famous Olives all'Ascolana (where my Italian family lives). However, when I serve them as appetisers, people fill up on them and demanding more and the starter is then a waste. So I want to serve them in larger amounts as a starter, but I still think there should be something else on the plate alongside the olives. Obviously, I want it to be something that remains Italian and works well with the olives flavour-wise, but it doesn't have to be traditional stuff!

    Any ideas would be gratefully received!
     
  2. abefroman

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    Fried cheese.
     
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  3. plasmatic

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     That's an idea, although I have at least one friend who refuses to eat cheeses other than Parmesan, Mozzarella and Haloumi /img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif  So maybe something for her separately...
     
  4. gypsy2727

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    An Arugula Salad along side or topping your olive dish ( depending on your presentation ) shaved parmaggiano over top maybe a few julienne sun -dried tomatoes  maybe a single shaving of proscuitto and a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. Or are you serving a seperate salad course? Marinated Artichokes might be a nice addition as well as marinated white asparagus,grilled vegetables ,marinated once again

    just some suggestions

    Gypsy