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What to serve with Frito Pie?

On Sunday, we will be having about 10 people (mostly guys) over to watch the Cowboys game. I make a good chili and have decided to have cheese, Fritos, and onions on the side for people to build Frito pies. Problem is that I don't know what to serve with it. This dish is so heavy that everything I come up with seems like overkill- or maybe that is just me? Looking for suggestions for manly finger foods to go with Frito Pie.

Dessert will be brownies with peanut butter frosting. I'd like to also offer a fruit-based dessert option that does not require silverware.

Ideas are greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

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  1. It's such a hearty dish that you shouldn't go overboard. How about carrot and celery sticks with blue cheese dressing -- like Buffalo wings without the wings -- and maybe some lemon bars to go with the brownies? I've never known a man to turn down brownies. And of course, beer!

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    1. re: brendastarlet

      I am not sure I could resist the temptation to make some wings for that plate! I like the idea of a crunchy snack food.

      1. How about wedge iceberg lettuce salads dressed with blue cheese dressing, cherry/grape tomatoes, sliced red onion rings and optional crumbled bacon? You can arrange it all on platter and people can make their own.

        As for fruit based option, how about ambrosia salad made with oranges, pineapple, toasted coconut, marshmallows, etc. Or, taffy apple salad, or Waldorf salad?

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        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          Thanks. For this oocasion, I am trying to stick with finger foods.
          But for future reference, what is taffy apple salad?

          1. re: Honey Bee

            I've never heard of it either, do tell.

            also, you could make pumpkin pie bars -- doesn't really count as fruit, but I think Frito pie and something non-chocolate for your other dessert sounds good.

            1. re: Honey Bee

              I'll have to search for the recipe, but it is sliced Granny Smith apples, marshmallows, peanuts, basically a dessert masquerading as a salad.

              1. re: Diane in Bexley

                Not a ringing endorsement, a little too sweet for my taste, but lots of men & kids love this, try to use tart apple to provide a contrast to the sweet:

                Taffy Apple Salad

                • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
                • 1/2 cup white sugar
                • 1 egg yolk
                • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
                • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained with juice reserved
                • 4 large apples, cored and diced with peel
                • 2 cups unsalted peanuts
                • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
                DIRECTIONS
                1. In a medium saucepan combine the flour, sugar, egg yolk, vinegar and reserved pineapple juice. Cook over medium heat until thick. Remove from heat and chill.
                2. in a large bowl combine the pineapple, apples, peanuts and chilled cooked mixture. Fold in whipped topping and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

                1. re: Diane in Bexley

                  Being a Southerner with a HUGE sweet tooth, I bet I would like that. Thanks Diane.

                  1. re: Honey Bee

                    HoneyBee, forgot to note that peanuts should be added shortly before serving so they don't lose their crunch.

          2. As an Eagles fan, I almost didn't reply when I read you were going to be watching the Cowboy's game, anyway, a couple of easy game day eats...

            1 - BLT pitas. Chop up lettuce, tomato and cooked bacon and mix it with mayo and cut small pitas in 1/2 and toast them or use them untoasted and fill with the BLT mix.

            2 - Easy salsa. Put 3 cans of Rotel chopped tomatoes and green chiles in the blender and add chopped scallions, fresh cilantro, fresh lime juice and salt to taste. Blend it up to the desired consistency.

            1. What about Raspberry Oatmeal Squares for a fruity dessert? They can be made (and they're better) a day or two in advance. I use this recipe: http://www.joyofbaking.com/RaspberryO... and add a half cup of shredded sweetened coconut to the topping. They turned out fantastic and the raspberry jam holds up well, making them easy to eat without cutlery.

              As for a side with Frito pie... I'd stick with something light like veggies and dip.

              HTH Thanks for the cheesecake help by the way :)