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what goes with chili?

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Our office does a chili party and chinese auction gift exchange over the holidays every year. My secretary makes an AWESOME chili, and the other staffers bring all the fixins (shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped onions, tortilla chips, saltines, cornbread, etc...) along with salad and desserts. Since the office knows I'm a half-decent cook (trying to be modest here) they want me to "cook" something as my contribution. A microwave would be the only means of reheating said dish. Any thoughts as to what I should bring? Another entree or entree-like item would be good for the non-chili eaters. I was thinking pasta salad with salmon or an asian pasta salad (both cold), but is that way weird with chili? I need help!

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    1. what about an appetizer? pigs-in-a-blanket, or vegetable eggrolls.

      1. I usually put chili on top of either rice or a potato (or mashed potatoes), or sometimes pasta.

        How about some guacamole with those chips? Jalapeno Poppers?

        Bring some tortillas and have people make themselves chili tacos or burritos.

        1. How about a nice ceviche platter?

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          1. re: Andy P.

            Along those lines:

            I know somebody who makes a really nice crab dip platter. It can be made in advance also.

            The general idea:

            Mix cream cheese with sour cream to a spreadable consistency. Spread on a decorative plate about 1/4" deep. Marinate crab meat in fresh lime juice for about 15 min or so. Strain and layer on top of the mixture. Then you can top it with any number of things- scallions, chopped tomato, fresh jalapeno slices, olives, cilantro, etc. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with chips.

          2. For another entree, I'd do soup. You already have the bowls and the mood, I think it would fit right in.

            Here's a link to a recent soup thread if you decide to go this route and need ideas.

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              1. re: RibDog

                My thoughts exactly.

                1. re: Barbara

                  But he says the cornbread is already taken care of, and salads, and chips, etc... Maybe a corn souffle or corn pudding or something like that? Corn pudding is easy, and I think it goes well with chili.

                  "Another entree or entree-like item would be good for the non-chili eaters."

                  Or maybe some crock pot chicken recipe? I mean, since you have no access to anything other than a microwave... bring the crock along and plug it in wherever you are. There are lots of crock pot recipes on-line -- I included a link to one that seemed simple, with most prep done at home, little to do on-site.

                  here's a corn pudding recipe for a crock pot:
                  Slow-Cooked Corn Pudding

                  * 1/4 cup chopped onion
                  * 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
                  * 1/4 cup chopped fresh tomato
                  * 1 16 oz can cream-style corn
                  * 4 large eggs
                  * 1/2 cup evaporated milk
                  * 1/2 teaspoon salt
                  * 1/4 teaspoon pepper

                  Saute onion and green pepper until slightly softened; add tomato and saute for 1 minute more.

                  In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, creamed corn and seasonings; add the sauteed vegetables. Lightly grease a 3 1/2 quart Crock Pot (or a souffle dish which fits in a larger Crock Pot) and pour the mixture in. Cook on high 2 1/2 to 3 hours; add grated cheese to the top and cook until cheese is melted.

                  *I am not crock pot obsessed, it just seems the way to go if you want to do anything other than have a salad or nuke something.

                  Link: http://southernfood.about.com/library...

              2. What about some kind of sweet potato dish (no, not the one with the marshmallows). The flavours combine well with chili. Pork or chicken and sweet potato stew?

                1. Tagamet?

                  salad? maybe a nicoise?

                  1. I'd bring a salad. I think another entree will be overlooked if the point of the event is chili with all the trimmings. Plus, people might appreciate the lightness of a salad in contrast to the potential heaviness of chili. When I do a chili party, I usually make one of three salads:

                    Mixed greens with scallion, tomato and avocado, served with a simple vinagrette (sometimes I use lime instead of vinegar to give it more of a mexican zing).

                    A salad of tomato, red onion, hearts of palm, green pepper, cucumber, and avocado (all roughly chopped, in relatively equal proportions, with a few more tomatoes than any other one ingredient). Dress with salt, freshly ground pepper, dill, and equal portions of seasoned rice vinegar and vegatable oil to taste).

                    The "super slaw" recipe from epicurious, linked below.

                    All are good compliments to chili.

                    Link: http://www.epicurious.com/run/recipe/...

                    1. Home made salsa, guacamole and fresh tortillas and a slow cooked bitter orange mojo-marinaded fresh ham.

                      1. Don't head off in the Asian direction -- that's just too weird!!

                        If you have an electric frypan, you can make simple quesadillas as a performance piece :-) -- say, cheese with a little pickled chile. Cut them into wedges for appetizers. Just make sure your flour tortillas will fit into the pan. Guacamole, or salsa verde, or some blend of the two to dunk them in is almost a requirement.