I'm a financially strained phd student who wants to have six or seven other people over for a celebratory dinner. I have done this for the past two years, and both times have made pernil with the traditional sides: rice, black beans, and maduros (sweet plantains). Also a salad and a more traditional American dessert. I started this because I missed the pernil lunches I'd get from Dominican restaurants when I worked in NYC, but am now hooked on the pork shoulder idea because it's such an inexpensive way to make a delicious meal for a large group.
However, I'd like to switch things up this year and make some less traditional sides -- mostly things that might have more unusual flavor combinations. For example, for dessert I'm thinking about doing a lemon-poppy-chèvre cheesecake with rhubarb compote -- and would love sides that are in this vein, but would compliment the pernil. I've tried to search for menus at fancy restaurants that might serve pernil with something aside from the traditional sides to no avail, so I thought I'd ask for suggestions here. Also open to doing something else with the pork shoulder aside from pernil, though I only have access to an over and a four burner stovetop.
There are no dietary restrictions, but I'd love to keep to a decently low budget -- probably looking for one vegetable and one starch? I have access to a wide variety of Latin American produce (from the same store where I'll get the pork shoulder), a good Asian supermarket (kind of far away but I'll go if I have to) and also Whole Foods.
Thanks in advance!