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Football fan-guy friendly veggie dish??

My boyfriend is having some friends - and their girlfriends - over to watch the Giants next Sunday. It is not a big to do, maybe twelve of us, so I am keeping it simple. I am making my Grandma's Sweet and Tangy Meatballs with bowties and Honey Glazed Wings on the grill. I would like to add a veggie dish - maybe these beer drinking guys won't care, but I want a veggie dish! Any suggestions that would work well in this sitch? Thanks!

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  1. Maybe a spinach gratin? A friend of mine makes Ina Garten's recipe all the time, and it's amazing.

    1. How about a coleslaw in a sweet and sour vinaigrette dressing?

      1. Stuffed potato skins with some low fat cheese, broccoli, plain yogurt and salsa

        Stuffed mushrooms

        Baked veggie tempura--crust veggies in panko batter/crumbs and bake

        Low fat spinach artichoke dip

        Artichoke Heart and Hearts of Palm salad

        Tomato, Red Onion, Cucumber and Balsamic Salad
        Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salad

        Lentil and Veggie Salad

        ...Hope some of that helps!

        1. well...the grill is on so why not grill some veggies? you could also grill fruit.
          hummus and veggies is easy, cheap, and healthy (i bet a few guests will appreciate that).
          black bean, corn, and mango salad is ridiculously easy- make it the night before and the flavor is even better.

          1. Spinach/Artichoke Dip and homemade corn chips?

            Grilled veggies and rice?

            Salad seems to appeal to any lady...I know, I am one...how about just serving a small salad bar with some basics that the girls AND guys can pick from to create a side salad?

            1. OOOh...just thought of another...check Food Network online and look for a recipe Alton Brown did...it may just fit the bill, too.

              He took Romaine Hearts, and somehow, I can't remember if it was griddle or grilled...but he actually cooked one side of it, and topped it with parmesean and something else...and it looked spectacular.

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              1. re: akcskye

                I can attest to the grilled romaine. Slice the hearts in half lengthwise, brush with olive oil, grill, then top with blue cheese, red onion, bacon--or better yet have all and let your guests top them. My experience is that guys are interested in just about anything that contains bacon.

              2. You could make homemade veggie pizza. It would be something people could hold in their hand as they watch the game.

                1. Black bean chili? You can make it in advance and just reheat. Most guys like chili, and it goes well with beer. Have plenty of add-ins: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, onion, green pepper, tomato, sour cream, hot sauce, etc.

                  1. Here's my favorite football food: stuffed eggplant.

                    I cut an eggplant in half, and core out the inside. Dice up the eggplant and saute with some onion, garlic, tomatoes, hot pepper flakes until everything gets nice and tasty. Then add some bread crumbs and grated cheese and put the mixture back into the eggplant halves. Sprinkle the top with more bread crumbs and cheese and bake (or grill, I guess) until top is golden brown.

                    This is how I assemble it: Flat screen TV, eggplant half, spoon, me. Repeat at half time.

                    1. If you want to keep the sporty atmosphere (and the ease of finger foods), you could make healthier versions of bar snacks. Maybe baked zucchini stick and baked onion rings...

                      Stuffed mushrooms are nice and you don't have to cover them with meat or cheese.

                      Also, whenever I serve chips and salsa, I have baby carrots on the side. Everybody likes those.

                      If you'd rather make just one dish, go for veggie pizza. It's a crowd-pleaser.

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                      1. re: piccola

                        Thanks for all the suggestions! I hope they keep coming - I just found out that it is not this Sunday, but the following, when the Giants play the Jets! His sister is bringing "cheesy nachos", and I remembered earlier that everyone loves my cole slaw, so I will make that, and half suspect the guys coming will expect it! I am tempted to make Ina's Spinach Gratin 'cuz it looks so yummy! However, I am seriously intrigued by this veggie pizza that two of you speak of. Here is my problem: as much as I love cooking and even baking, I have no knowledge of making dough and I border on being fearful of making it. Does anyone have a veggie pizza recipe? And can anyone get me over my fear with good tips? And as a last resort, would buying dough at my pizza joint suffice?

                        1. re: Justpaula

                          the first thing that came to mind was some sort of slaw. i know you said you're planning to make your usual recipe, but if you want to add another one to your repertoire, try the chowhound recipe for blue cheese coleslaw...


                          go giants! :)

                          1. re: Justpaula

                            This is a pretty easy way of making semi-homemade pizza without really having to make pizza dough or use store bought crusts. This is how my hubby's mom made it when he was younger - we just had it this weekend for our football party and it went over great. The crust is made using frozen bread dough from your grocery store. It makes a very thick but soft, bready crust. I haven't tried making dough from scratch b/c I am a little afraid of it also, but this way is surprisingly very good.

                            2 frozen bread dough loaves (I just used the store brand)
                            Canned pizza sauce (I used the Walmart brand... is that CH heresy?)
                            Toppings of your choice (I used red onions, red and green peppers, fresh sliced mushrooms, mozzarella, and oregano)

                            Thaw dough according to package directions. Lightly coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray. Shape the dough to fit the pan, cover with lightly sprayed plastic wrap, then let rise until the crust is about 1.5 inches high or so (mine rose a little too much, so I just smooshed it down a bit). Preheat the oven to whatever temperature the bread directions recommend. Bake the crust for about 15 minutes until the dough looks reasonably cooked (when I took mine out, it was a little too tall so I again smooshed it down). Remove the pan from the oven and increase the temperature to 400 degrees. Top the crust with pizza sauce and your chosen toppings and place back in the oven until it looks cooked, about 15-20 minutes. Voila! Semi-homemade pizza.

                            1. re: Justpaula

                              You can totally buy dough from your local pizza place. Or if you're close to a TJ's, they have some good, cheap dough in their fridge case.

                              1. re: Justpaula

                                In a pizza crust pinch, just buy a couple loaves of frozen bread dough, or buy a packaged yeast hot roll mix. Give it some time to thaw on the cabinet, press it out on a pizza pan or cookie sheet, top it with a sauce (marinara, alfredo, pesto,etc.) some veggies (chopped spinach,peppers, mushroom, olives, artichokes,etc.), & some shredded cheese. Get your oven up to 500, it'll be done in about 6-7 minutes. Better than take-out, and no one ever misses the meat.

                                1. re: podunkboy

                                  Worst case scenario: Krusteaz pizza dough mix. The pouch has enough for two crusts.

                            2. Whether you choose to buy or make your own crust, pizza is still very E-Z....just top with a little store bought pizza sauce and sprinkle on assorted toppings (onion, olives, green peppers, fresh mushrooms, etc..), then add shredded mozzarello cheese and bake or grill over indirect heat untill done...also you could make up a veg lasagna using squash/zucchini instead of meat...hope you have a great time!

                              1. Spinach pie
                                Eggplant Parmesan or baked ziti
                                Veg curry--either Indian or Thai with rice.

                                I can provide recipes if you'd like!

                                1. deep fried tempura veggies! brocolli, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and insert any yummy dip or serve well seasoned alone. perfect for picking at while watching the game.....you can do them in batches so you can take a break in between to socialize.

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                                  1. re: jessi20

                                    How bout some veggie stromboli, even the boys would like it!