My family is planning on serving a crown roast of pork with wilde rice and fig stuffing as our Christmas centerpiece.
We've always done beef, and we're serving a much larger group than usual, so we're a little lost for side dishes. We'll serve popovers, but we're wondering about vegetables. We want something crisp (green beans came up but don't seem super special/elegant) and something a little more cooked (squash puree? root veg gratin?). Let me know if you have suggestions!
The other, less major question in a fatty element for the stuffing. We want to do dried figs reconstituted in red wine, wild rice and caramelized onions. We also want a fatty/salty/pungent element in there. Gorgonzola cheese and pancetta both came up, but both got shot down as there are people who don't eat them. Any other ideas? Goat cheese seems a little too tart, but maybe some other cheese? Smoked mozz? Met me know if you have ideas.