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Side dish for a bbq?

mom22tots Aug 4, 2009 12:18 PM

Am hosting a bbq this weekend for several families. Nothing fancy...new grill so hubby will be grilling chicken and steak. Burgers and dogs for the kids. Making a corn, tomato and basil salad and need another good side--something relatively simple--make-ahead is a plus--maybe a starch? Any ideas??

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    dagwood Aug 4, 2009 12:31 PM

    Potato salad? couscous salad? macaroni salad? All taste better when made a day ahead anyway.

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    1. re: dagwood
      Phurstluv Aug 4, 2009 03:13 PM

      Also love a potato salad that's mixed while still warm to soak in the cider vinegar, or sometimes I use dill pickle brine ;).

      Orzo salad is another option. We like ours with roasted peppers, feta & olives. And if you have some ripe avocados, add them to your tomato/corn salad and dress with lime juice. Out of this world, simple!

      Also, if you have fresh baby veggies from the farmer's market, they're nice and pretty when pickled. Or just steam them and serve with an aioli or your favorite dip.

      1. re: Phurstluv
        dagwood Aug 5, 2009 08:26 AM

        Agreed! Mixing while warm is the key. I add to mine: mayo, pickle brine, spicy mustard (like Guldens), boiled egg, vinegar, sweet relish, diced pickles, salt, pepper, and a dash of sugar....mmmmmmm.......

    2. elfcook Aug 4, 2009 12:38 PM

      we have 2 standards that I have to make by popular request at family bbq's - neither is fancy, both are easy & better the second day.
      One is baked beans the easy way - fry a pound of bacon, crumble into a large pot of a couple cans of baked beans. Add one or two diced onions fried in a little bacon fat. Cook on low to med-low, stirring now & then, for at least 1/2 hr, until it is reduced down. Reheat on stove or in crock pot the next day. Not good for you, but a pound of bacon is a wonderful thing!
      #2 is MIL's potato salad - red potato boiled, then de-skinned ( I leave some skins on), mixed with mayo WHILE HOT and seasoned with celery salt. Excellent the next day, may need to add some mayo before serving. Again, sounds simple, but is very tasty.
      My kids & nephews love them, too, which is always a plus.

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      1. re: elfcook
        lynnlato Aug 4, 2009 03:19 PM

        Baked beans are a bbq staple for us. There's something called hobo beans (or settler's beans) that is good too. A trio of beans (Kidney, cannellini and pork n' beans) mixed with onions, browned ground beef, chopped bacon, ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, mustard and worcestshire. They are always a hit among varying tastes. http://www.grouprecipes.com/sr/15140/...

        For the more sophisticated palettes, I'd make baked beans from scratch. Soak beans overnight, mix up and let cook all days, low & slow, with lots of bacon. Mmmmm

        Oh yea, don't forget the deviled eggs!!!

        1. re: lynnlato
          LindaWhit Aug 4, 2009 03:33 PM

          Oooh, yes! Deviled eggs are a must!

      2. LindaWhit Aug 4, 2009 01:06 PM

        I'd go with an orzo salad or a macaroni salad. Also, baked beans.

        I've made this recipe many times for potluck gatherings (despite the recipe title saying "not for potluck" <g>) at former places of employment, and it's gotten rave reviews. (this was copied/pasted directly from an old AOL message board I had posted it on by the person who submitted it to cookingcache.com - the notes at the bottom are mine - another note I have on it does say I used molasses as a thickener). It's an oven-baked recipe, but you could probably also do it in a crockpot.


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        1. re: LindaWhit
          lynnlato Aug 4, 2009 03:20 PM

          They sound good, Linda. I may have to put them on my "to try" list. I love me some baked beans. :)

        2. Uncle Bob Aug 4, 2009 01:59 PM

          Grilled Pineapple Spears....
          Grilled Corn on the Cob........
          Tangy Mustard Potato Salad.....
          Cole Slaw.......
          Tri-Color Rotini Salad.....

          1. Popkin Aug 4, 2009 03:37 PM

            You could take some mushrooms, wrap in bacon, skewer, baste with bbq sauce and grill 'em.

            Or take some mushroom caps, and stuff with a mixture of ricotta, pesto, garlic, and sprinkle with parmasan and broil or grill.

            I second the macaroni/pasta salad too, something nice and cool that tastes better the day after anyway.

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              KiltedCook Aug 4, 2009 07:59 PM

              Coleslaw - fresh cut, tart and tangy sauced coleslaw or maybe jicama cole slaw, to offset all the greasy good flavors.

              1. fmcoxe6188 Aug 5, 2009 06:08 AM

                I made a grilled vegetable salad a few weeks ago- was able to make ahead and serve with dinner. Just grilled up some ears of corn, zucchini, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and some half heads of romaine lettuce-cut the corn off the years, chop the lettuce, and mix it all together with a light citrus-y dressing. It got rave reviews- and I ate the leftovers for a couple of days.

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                  toveggiegirl Aug 5, 2009 04:50 PM

                  I think corn muffins, a three-bean salad, coleslaw, a potato salad, a pasta salad, or a cold sesame noodle salad would all be good. You can make any of these things ahead of time.

                  This is a really moist sweet cornbread:

                  Coyotes Blue (Or Yellow) Cornmeal Bread

                  If you want a starchy salad:

                  Garlic Bread, Green Bean and Tomato Salad


                  Three-Bean Salad with Edamame, Black Beans & Black-Eyed Peas

                  Other yummy salads:

                  Green Beans With Sweet Onion Vinaigrette

                  Cucumber and Feta Salad

                  Cooking Light's Citrus-Marinated Mushrooms

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                    mom22tots Aug 6, 2009 05:52 AM

                    Thanks for all the suggestions!! I now have some great ideas not only for this weekend but for many bbq's to come!!

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                      normalheightsfoodie Aug 6, 2009 12:02 PM

                      Corn Avocado Salad

                      ¼ C lime juice
                      1 T red wine vinegar
                      1 T Olive Oil
                      1 ½ t salt
                      ½ t. pepper
                      ¼ t ground cumin
                      1/8 t cayene
                      1 bag frozen corn
                      1 red bell pepper – seeded and diced
                      ½ C. red onion - diced
                      ¼ C Cilantro – finely chopped
                      3 firm, ripe avocados – pittled and cut into 1” chunks

                      1. In a large bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup lime juice, 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne.
                      2. Rinse corn under cold water until thawed. Add to bowl and mix gently.
                      3. Add bell pepper, 1/2 cup red onion, and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro to bowl; stir into dressing.
                      4. Add avocado to bowl and gently mix, taking care not to smash the avocado too much.
                      5. Garnish with a few Cilantro leaves.
                      6. Chill or serve immediately.

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