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drcmk Oct 13, 2007 05:40 AM

We are cooking for a small crowd (about 15 people) for a birthday party in a few weeks. Our main entree will be a pulled pork shoulder with a Cajun-ish rub. Can you please suggest some side dishes to go with that? In the past I have made baked beans, cole slaw and macaroni and cheese. These all go over well, but I'd like to try something different.

Thank you.

  1. Emme Oct 14, 2007 04:03 PM

    Sweet Potato Chips/Baked Slices

    Braised Collard Greens

    Sweet 'n' Sour Cabbage Slaw

    Cornmeal Popovers

    Pecan Pralines

    Bread Pudding

    1. c
      chef4hire Oct 13, 2007 08:58 AM

      here in LA we would serve the pork on french bread topped with a rough cole slaw- like a cochon de lait poboy (think jazzfest)

      if you want to stick with cajun/nola inspired dishes you could have a "boil" of the sides...corn (cob), baby red potatoes, onions, artichokes...I would have to throw in 5 pounds of shrimp or so (cause my family are shrimp fiends) but that would round out the meal with minium work/mess

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      1. re: chef4hire
        mcel215 Oct 13, 2007 10:49 AM

        Ina Garten's Roasted veggies wih orzo, is such a hit always. You could adjust the veggies to any of your liking. It's a fab dish.

        1. re: mcel215
          drcmk Oct 14, 2007 08:20 AM

          I won't have much use of the oven during the day because of the pork. Do you think I could cook this ahead of time, refrigerate and set it out for a few hours to warm up to room temperature?

          1. re: drcmk
            mcel215 Oct 14, 2007 11:30 AM

            Sure, roast the veggies and refrigerate the day before. And cook orzo, make dressing, and assemble morning of your party. It's really easy, and tastes soo good. Have a great party!

            1. re: mcel215
              JennyHunter Oct 14, 2007 12:01 PM

              Isn't this addictive? I've been making mine with artichokes and tomatoes and feta added to it as well. Delish. I think I will make a batch today!

      2. lynnlato Oct 13, 2007 06:20 AM

        Black beans and rice... if you want to stay w/ the cajun theme. Or, if you'd like to lean towards southern style (i'm in nc, pulled pork capital!), we do slaw, greens, deviled eggs and the best part: hushpuppies! Don't forget the NC eastern style vinegar sauce and the NC western style tomato based bbq sauce! Either way, have fun y'all!!!

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        1. re: lynnlato
          drcmk Oct 13, 2007 10:37 AM

          Thank you for all of the ideas.

          Lynnlato--do you make your own hushpuppies? I would have no idea how to do that.

          1. re: drcmk
            lynnlato Oct 13, 2007 01:44 PM

            Yeah, if I'm feeling ambitious. However, we have a bbq place close by that sells them for parties. It's a much easier endeavor if you have a commercial fryer. They are a very simple recipe (cornmeal, scallions, milk or buttermilk, flour & egg) it's the frying that's a pain. You can, though, fry them ahead of time and reheat them in the oven... they will stay nice and crunchy. There are hush puppy mixes at the grocery store. Jiffy may even make one. Or just use this one, it's standard: http://southernfood.about.com/od/frit....

            Use buttermilk and use a small ice cream scoop to drop batter into hot oil.

            Good luck!

        2. d
          dklipscomb Oct 13, 2007 05:54 AM

          deviled eggs..some fashion of chip & dips, cut fruit and dip.

          1. coney with everything Oct 13, 2007 05:54 AM

            This time of year, I'd say roasted vegetables. Always good with pork, easy to make, and can be served lukewarm.

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