What to bring to a BBQ?
So, they'll be serving standard BBQ fare...burgers, dogs, bbq chicken,green salad. I want to bring something great. I asked what they needed and they said "whatever."
I'd prefer to bring a side or appetizer rather than desert, but I'm flexible. Preferably something without dairy.
Anyone have a great idea or recipe?
An awesome coleslaw! Or that broccoli salad with bacon! or great appetizer of mini kabobs with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, basil leaf. My latest panzanella salad is becoming a hit. There are many versions. Or a nice homemade salsa with apples or diced fruit - I recently used apples and a necterine (with red onion, tomatoes, jalapeno, calantro, lemon/lime juice, etc.) preceeded to eat the whole bowl. I like the fruity hot salsa.
I've been having a blast with coleslaw this summer, every which way. My favorite (and others love it too) is a Weight Watchers that has turkey in it and tomatoes and bacon (turkey), cabbage mix - dressing is mayo, dijon must, vinegar, sugar (splenda). But someone mentioned an epicurious super slaw that looks fantatstic too.
I recently brought to a potluck a nectarine salad that was well received:
recipe is from Thrill of the Grill:
Nectarine-Red Onion Relish
1 Red Bell Pepper, in thin strips
6 ripe but firm Nectarines, peeled and sliced
1 medium Red onion, in thin slices
1 tsp minced Garlic
1/2 c julienned Basil
1/4 c Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 c Orange Juice
2 Tbsp Lime Juice
1/4 c Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Combine all and toss gently in a larger-than-you-think-you-need (for tossing capabilities) non-reactive bowl. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to two weeks.
A few from Epicurious...
I love this olive-artichoke tapenade served with pita chips. If you make it, use marinated artichokes and add extra olives.
I've never made this Orzo with Artichokes and Pine Nuts, but it sounds good and can be served at room temperature.
I also really like this Mango Salsa...