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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.

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/OLIVE-AND-ARTICHOKE-TAPENADE-103864

      I've never made this Orzo with Artichokes and Pine Nuts, but it sounds good and can be served at room temperature.

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ORZO-WITH-ARTICHOKES-AND-PINE-NUTS-234671

      I also really like this Mango Salsa...

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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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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          porker Aug 12, 2008 06:50 AM

          A keg is quite special $-)

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            swsidejim Aug 12, 2008 06:52 AM

            a keg is even better.

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            MattInNJ Aug 12, 2008 06:59 AM

            damn straight!

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              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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              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.

                DT

              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.

                  DT

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                    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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                    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.

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                        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.

                        http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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                    howchow Aug 11, 2008 05:00 PM

                    how about some home made pickles.

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