I'm making dinner for my girlfriend's birthday. First course is crab cakes. Second course is home made gnocchi with brown butter and sage. Third course is duck breast....here's where I'm looking for a little help:
What would be a good side dish for duck breast. I'm planning on serving the duck breast with a port-fig reduction.
She is not huge on potatoes, plus the course preceding the duck will be potato gnocchi. I'm looking for something spring-ish - though we're in Minnesota and still firmly in winter, so it's not the side needs to scream spring. But, given that, I'm looking for something other than mashed root vegetables, something light so most gratins are out. My fallback is asparagus, as she loves asparagus. Even though carrots qualify as a root veggie, I was also thinking about a very light, loose, and creamy mashed carrot to plate under the duck slices. I think that would take the port-fig sauce fairly well. Thoughts?
(BTW - dessert is carrot cake).