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What to bring to a BBQ?

CeeBee Aug 11, 2008 04:49 PM

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?

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    TarheelYankee Aug 12, 2008 11:26 AM

    sangria... lots of sangria :)

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      valerie Aug 12, 2008 08:15 AM

      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...


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        swsidejim Aug 12, 2008 05:57 AM

        a case of beer, or a good bottle of tequila.

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        1. re: swsidejim
          porker Aug 12, 2008 06:50 AM

          A keg is quite special $-)

          1. re: porker
            swsidejim Aug 12, 2008 06:52 AM

            a keg is even better.

          2. re: swsidejim
            MattInNJ Aug 12, 2008 06:59 AM

            damn straight!

            1. re: MattInNJ
              LJS Aug 12, 2008 11:43 AM

              Yes, I am totally with this way of thinking! If I was told to bring 'whatever', I would tend to think of the liquid variety of whatevers first! A big, fat Blush (or two), a case of the local honey beer, maybe a sangria!

          3. mirage Aug 12, 2008 05:55 AM

            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.

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            1. re: mirage
              gini Aug 12, 2008 11:35 AM

              That was really tasty!

            2. sarah galvin Aug 11, 2008 09:28 PM

              Peaches to be grilled. Make a balsamic honey glaze.

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              1. re: sarah galvin
                Davwud Aug 12, 2008 04:54 AM

                You can do the same with pineapple too. Cinnamon is good for that.

                Serve over vanilla ice cream.


              2. JalamaMama Aug 11, 2008 05:53 PM

                Homemade baked beans, with bacon.

                I had the best pasta at a bbq a few weeks ago- thick pasta tubes (I would have used a smaller but still substantial noodle), fava beans, french feta, lots of olive oil and basil, salt and pepper. Tasted even better the next day.

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                  Davwud Aug 11, 2008 06:00 PM

                  I agree with the baked (bbq) beans idea.

                  I can furnish you with a great recipe if you like.


                  1. re: Davwud
                    Val Aug 11, 2008 06:43 PM

                    The baked beans are a great idea...but if someone is already bringing them, then maybe Super Slaw from Epicurious, totally delicious and different, no mayo in it at all.

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                  lexpatti Aug 11, 2008 05:42 PM

                  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.

                  Have fun.

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                  1. re: lexpatti
                    Romanmk Aug 12, 2008 11:23 AM

                    We made this coleslaw from the Thrill of the Grill last weekend. Best coleslaw I have ever eaten. Really. Maybe it was the organic cabbage. http://bbq.netrelief.com/recipes/tide...

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                      lexpatti Aug 12, 2008 07:09 PM

                      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.

                      1. re: lexpatti
                        Val Aug 12, 2008 07:46 PM

                        Yep...here's the recipe...we totally devoured it...as suggested by a few reviewers, I did add some heat to it by finely chopping some jalapenos but that's totally up to you.


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                    howchow Aug 11, 2008 05:00 PM

                    how about some home made pickles.

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