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Sep 16, 2009 10:36 AM

Need a great appetizer or casserole dish to bring to our block party. Make ahead if possible!

We are having our annual block party this weekend and I have been trying to think of something new and different but easy to make that will feed a crowd. Thinking maybe Jambalaya if I can't come up with anything else.

Any suggestions welcome from appetizers to casseroles to crock pot.


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  1. - it doesn't get any easier than throwing some ingredients in the food processor. you could do 2 or 3 bean dips (e.g. black bean, white bean, hummus) with a few different kinds of chips.

    - if you'd rather do something cooked, how about a couple of different kinds of meatballs with sauces for dipping? you can serve them on toothpicks which makes them easy to manage at an event like that.

    1. Friday Brisket

      1 (4- to 5-pound) brisket

      2 (1-ounce) packets onion soup mix
      1 1/2 cups Heinz chile sauce

      6 cloves garlic

      1 1/2 pounds carrots

      1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the meat fat-side up in a large Dutch oven. Sprinkle the onion soup mix over the meat. Cover with the chile sauce and 2 cups of water, or more if needed to almost cover the meat. Crush the garlic cloves and add to the liquid.

      2. Cover the pan and cook for 4 hours. Let the brisket cool for about 45 minutes and refrigerate overnight. Then skim the fat off the meat.

      3. About 1 1/2 hours before you wish to serve the brisket, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the brisket to a cutting board and slice it thinly across the grain. Trim, peel and cut the carrots into one-half-inch-by-2-inch sticks. Cook the brisket and carrots covered for 1 hour, until the brisket is heated through and the carrots are fork tender.
      Each of 10 servings: 346 calories; 44 grams protein; 18 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 9 grams fat; 3 grams saturated fat; 87 mg. cholesterol; 1,173 mg. sodium.