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What else can I make?

HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 12:33 PM

My boyfriend, his family, and I are grilling out tomorrow. We're doing the basics: chicken, burgers, au gratin potatoes, corn on the cob, and some sort of dessert. What else could I make that would go well and I could possibly make tonight?

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  1. chowser RE: HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 12:34 PM

    grilled asparagus or some kind of vegetable?

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      pamd RE: HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 12:40 PM

      I would cut up a bunch of veggies to grill along with the other stuff. Asparagus, zucchini, red onion, peppers, etc... no need to make tonight! If you really want to make something though, could go for a broccoli salad.

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      1. re: pamd
        Val RE: pamd Jun 7, 2007 12:45 PM

        Yes, broccoli salad....or coleslaw, always better after a few hours or overnight in fridge.

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        mbfergie RE: HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 12:48 PM

        Tomato, Onion and Cucumber Salad is always a nice side to grilling.

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          ArikaDawn RE: mbfergie Jun 8, 2007 03:32 PM

          I agree with the tomato, onion, and cucumber salad suggestion. It is always nice to have something light and cool with heavier dishes like potatoes au gratin.

        2. macca RE: HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 12:50 PM

          Can't go wrong with the grilled vegatable suggestions. This past weekend, we had mushroom, pearl onions, peppers and zucchini on skewers. I soaked the skewers first, and seasoned the vegatables. I used separate skewers for each vegatable,as they all cooked for different times. I also seasoned some asparagus and threw that on the grill. I saw that you are having au gratin potatoes, which are great. Lots of times, I buy small potatoes, and throw them in some boiling water for a few minutes, brush with a little S/P and olive oil, and skewer and grill. AFter they are done, you can add some chives, or your favorite herb.

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            HitchChic RE: macca Jun 7, 2007 12:54 PM

            Those potatoes sound good.

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              macca RE: HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 01:00 PM

              So good, and so easy. It is a nice change from potato salad.

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              piccola RE: macca Jun 7, 2007 05:33 PM

              Radicchio is awesome grilled. You can have it as is or turn it into a salad.

              Also, veggie "napoleons" - stacks of eggplant slices, portobello caps, red onion slices and cheese grilled until fused together. A great side (or main, for vegetarians).

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                macca RE: piccola Jun 8, 2007 03:29 AM

                My boss makes the napoleons- he calls them stackers. He brought some in and we had some for lunch the other day. so good.

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                  piccola RE: macca Jun 8, 2007 05:49 PM

                  Stackers is a more accurate name, I think. Either way, they're awesome.

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                    macca RE: piccola Jun 9, 2007 03:33 AM

                    They were so good- I think he soaked the eggplant in wine and cooked a bit before making the stackers. Had never had them before, but they were good even though they were reheated.

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                      piccola RE: macca Jun 9, 2007 05:47 AM

                      Yeah, you're supposed to grill the veggies separately before assembling and grilling again so the cheese melts.

                      They're a staple at my house.

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                        macca RE: piccola Jun 9, 2007 05:52 AM

                        I will definitely have to try it. I have grilled potobellos, but these are much, much tastier.

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                      hollybee RE: piccola Jun 11, 2007 08:34 AM

                      What kind of cheese do you typically use to make these?

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                mojoeater RE: HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 01:00 PM

                You should have something light as well. I second the grilled veggies. A little olive oil, salt and pepper is all they need. And I love a cucumber salad with a vinaigrette dressing.

                1. Jennalynn RE: HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 01:10 PM

                  I agree with the others... since you've already got two hot starches, go with a nice cool salad.

                  Fresh tomatoes, chunky cukes and some red onions in a cilantro vinaigrette.
                  Blanched and cooled green beans with a citrus dressing and mint
                  Roasted beets with arugula

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                    geminigirl RE: Jennalynn Jun 7, 2007 05:35 PM

                    or something with magoes, black beans, red onion, cilantro, etc... and let the flavors combine overnight!

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                      Densible RE: geminigirl Jun 7, 2007 09:47 PM

                      my favs: grilled asparagus-needs no prep, just find the freshest asparagus available, snap off the stems, line broiler pan with foil, toss with a little bit of OO, put whole pan on the hottest part of grill for 3-5 mins, sprinkle with sea salt and shaved parm cheese (and a squeeze of lemon if you like).

                      Watermelon salad.-So easy, make it before serving. Only prep is marinate thinly sliced half moons of red onion in the juice of two limes for at least a few hours. Split the melon in half, remove the flesh and chop into bite size chunks, chop up a brick of greek feta-Trader Joe's carry a good salty one., add chopped mint and parsley, halved black olives, pepper and the onion and all the juice. Toss and serve in the watermelon "bowls". So very very good and refreshing!

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                        damadchef RE: Densible Jun 7, 2007 09:51 PM

                        How about a salad...Strawberries are just coming into season. How about an arugula salad with strawberry-balsamic vinaigrette with some local green onions, strawberries & goat's cheese?

                    2. re: Jennalynn
                      egbluesuede RE: Jennalynn Jun 8, 2007 12:05 PM

                      cilantro vinaigrette? huh? My taste buds just perked up. I've got a bunch of leftover cilantro sitting on my counter waiting for some creativity. How do you make this?

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                        Jennalynn RE: egbluesuede Jun 8, 2007 03:21 PM

                        I don't have a recipe... but here's what I do.

                        Rinse and dry a half bunch of cilantro.
                        Put it in a food processor (you can put in stems and all).
                        Add salt and pepper (go easy you can add more later)
                        Put in some good olive oil (I have no idea how much, I'd start with a half a cup)
                        Put in some rice wine vinegar (again... I do it by eye)
                        OR the juice of half a lemon.
                        I put in about 1/2 teaspoon of ground corriander and ginger
                        And a clove or two of garlic.

                        Whir until it's done. Taste. If it's bitter (sometimes it is) I add a slurp of honey.
                        Adjust to taste.

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                          egbluesuede RE: Jennalynn Jun 8, 2007 07:18 PM

                          Sounds easy enough. I'll try that, thanks!

                    3. Emme RE: HitchChic Jun 7, 2007 11:01 PM

                      It sounds like a call for biscuits or popovers (so easy).

                      Also, second the tomato salad, except I do chopped tomatoes, red onion, and basil marinated in balsamic vinegarette.

                      Grilled eggplant slices (in garlic salt) topped with a tapenade or checca.

                      Grilled artichokes are grand w/ aioli or dipping sauce of choice.

                      Grilled fruit would be easy for dessert, especially over split shortcakes, or angel food cake or pound cake with a little vanilla ice cream. Also, I like trifle for a cookout.

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                        HitchChic RE: Emme Jun 8, 2007 06:54 AM

                        I was thinking about biscuits; I can whip those up when I get there. I'm gonna grab some veggies on my way over; maybe a watermelong. Thanks everybody!!

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                          Jennalynn RE: HitchChic Jun 8, 2007 09:21 AM

                          So your sides would be corn, potatoes and biscuits.

                          That's a lot of beige starch. Just sayin' ; )

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                            chowser RE: Jennalynn Jun 8, 2007 12:01 PM

                            That's what I'm thinking, too. Sounds like my in-laws gatherings. I asked my husband if there were veggies, he said, yeah, potato salad.

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                              HitchChic RE: chowser Jun 11, 2007 06:43 AM

                              My boy would've loved that. There were no biscuits. We did have baked beans too. And I threw in some grilled veggies. Turned out great. Thanks!!

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                        katecm RE: HitchChic Jun 8, 2007 07:57 AM

                        I'd advocate a make-ahead dish, and definitely a veggie. Blanch green beans and then toss them into an ice bath to stop the cooking. When cooled and dried, toss them into a bowl with thinly sliced onions or shallots. If you have tomatoes, they are nice here, but not necessary. Give a liberal seasoning of salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Drizzle with a bit of vinegar (balsamic and red wine is my favorite combination for this) and oil. It's best after a few hours.

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                          Amanita RE: HitchChic Jun 8, 2007 09:01 AM

                          Guacamole and chips? It sounds like soooo much fun. How I miss corn on da cob. Bon temps roulez!

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                            jujuthomas RE: Amanita Jun 11, 2007 07:06 AM

                            i make an avacado and tomato salad with light italian salad dressing - also can add red onion and cukes - super yummy after it sits in the fridge for at least a few hours.

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                              egbluesuede RE: jujuthomas Jun 11, 2007 07:46 AM

                              I'm on a big avacado kick lately. Is the salad really that simple? Anything else in it?

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                                jujuthomas RE: egbluesuede Jun 11, 2007 07:51 AM

                                really it's that simple. i just chunk things up bite size, add dressing to taste. The place I used to get this salad at also added hard boiled eggs. I stick with avacado and tomato. YUM. I might have to make some tonight! ;-)

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                                  Mushroom RE: egbluesuede Jun 11, 2007 08:43 AM

                                  I do an avacado & tomato salad (with cilantro, scallions and jalapeno) and whip up a vinegar & oil salad dressing with cumin in it.

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