My dad has requested osso buco. The weather has been strange so I get this request. I made the meat stock tonight to make the osso buco and the risotto Milanese (chicken, turkey legs and wings and beef shanks plus onions, carrots, celery herbs etc.) but it is June and am having problems with a seasonal appetizer and dessert to go with this meal. Asparagus and Parmesan sformato maybe, chilled pea soup or a fennel strawberry salad (chow sent a nice sounding one the other day).
Dessert: I am clueless as it is never a priority to me but it is the part of the meal my mother most enjoys anymore and forms the bulk of her caloric intake. Cherries aren't yet in season so cherry claufouti isn't really a great idea. Rhubarb is in season but my dad is borderline diabetic and lots of sugar is usually needed to make rhubarb tasty. Any thoughts as to appetizer or dessert?
What are you doing for your dad if you are so lucky to still have him. I am old enough to know that this may be the last time I make a Father's Day meal for him and I want it to be as good as possible. My dad is American born but both of his parents are from Piemonte, Italy. He likes pure clean flavors but my osso buco includes capers, olives and gremolata which he really likes. I suspect a large part of the appeal is actually the home made stock but he thinks the olives and capers are the turning point.
Thanks in advance!