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Macaroni & Cheese Party...

We're having a mac and cheese party this weekend, serving about ten different types of mac and cheese. The thing is, we can't figure out what to serve as side dishes, apps, and drinks that would go well with our "comfort food" theme and not fill everyone up so much they can't chow down on mac and cheese. Any suggestions?

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  1. Old school flavored sodas would be great for drinks, grape soda, Orange Crush, etc. If you are looking for alcoholic drinks, you can always mix.. like rum and Coke.

    If you want other dishes, you might want a crisp salad, to counter the soft mac & cheese.

    1. Salads are the most traditional thing to serve with mac and cheese. If you're going comfort, maybe a wedge of iceberg.

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      1. re: ESNY

        for apps maybe something bacon wrapped?

      2. Ten different types of mac & cheese?? Do tell! Mac & cheese makes me thing of chicken nuggets and veggies. It's a pretty heavy dish so I would probably go with light apps and sides. Salad and maybe some protein; mini burgers or satays.

        1. what an excellent idea!

          Mac and cheese is very heavy, so you need something that is the equivalent of a palate cleanser between plates. Salad would be nice, and I think something vinegary would be good, like a good cole slaw. A pickle plate might also be fine (small bites to help pace yourself) with dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, pickled onions, cornichons, things like this. And also, fresh fruit would be nice. Watermelon is not in season, so unfortunate. So I would substitute a nice selection of citrus wedges, maybe some pineapple, some pear wedges or apple pears (even more refreshing). Perhaps a plate of veggies, again to provide contrast to the mac and cheese. I would keep the sides small and fresh so as to allow the mac and cheese to shine!

          I wouldn't do it, as no one will eat enough mac and cheese, but fried chicken... chicken and mac and cheese has to be one of my favorite combos ever....

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          1. re: moh

            i think your suggestion of Cole Slaw would be excellent. a nice crisp cole slaw to balance off the creamy heaviness of mac and cheese? mmm. i can taste it already, haha

            1. re: moh

              I will post the recipes when I get home. My husband and I found an article in a magazine with ten different types of mac and cheese (italian, herb, new england, etc). So we'll have five chafing dishes each with a 1/2 side of a different kind of mac and cheese. I am so excited because everyone we know is really into the idea. I was thinking about doing a pastry tray of ding dongs, hohos, snowballs, etc, for desert.

              1. re: ryannmo

                What a eally, really cool idea! We've tried several different pasta types mixed and matched with several different sauces, and it was so much fun. To contrast the heaviness of the pasta, we served lots of veggies either raw, steamed or lightly sauteed. We avoided meats and fish.
                We made a champagne/sorbet punch and had a variety of mini desserts.
                It was wonderful. I think we'll have to do something like that again.
                I'll look forward to your posted recipies. :-}

            2. Something light and crisp to set off all that yummy pasta and cheese. A tossed salad or some veggies to snack on beforehand or during, maybe a whole grain bread to accompany. For drinks, I'd crave something like iced tea or a cold beer.