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Rustic Tuscan Dinner Party...Need Menu Suggestions

clemsontgr4evr | Jan 29, 201105:46 AM

I am having a few girlfriends over for a Rustic Tuscan Dinner Party. One of my friends has a food allergy so the menu needs to be gluten-free. For an antipasti, I was thinking prosciutto wrapped melon. For dessert, perhaps just fresh berries and maybe some handmade chocolate truffles. I am not going to do a traditional first and second course because I think it will be too much food for us so I am just doing a single main course...a risotto. I can't decide what to serve with it. I have several risotto recipes I love and I think I am going to use one that had red bell pepper and peas in it. I was thinking of serving it with roasted asparagus and steamed spinach on the side but I probably need some protein as well, right? Would it be strange to serve white beans with sage as the protein? Very tuscan but not sure about serving a creamy bean dish with the creamy risotto. Perhaps I should do something like seared scallops instead. Suggestions?

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