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Jul 21, 2010 08:11 AM

BBQ Dinner Party Help

Heed some help for another side dish for a bbq dinner party.

We are having 3 couples over for dinner on Friday night (8 people total). Food theme is sort of a mix between Mexico\Argentina.

Here is the menu I have so far:
Grilled\smoked tri-tip
Chimichurri sauce
Corn ( fresh corn, creme fraiche, lime, cilantro, jalapenos, cotija cheese) on the grill in a cast iron skillet
Caesar salad (tortilla strips, cilantro, cumin, pepitas)

What is another veggie I could grill that would go well with this menu? We love grilling asparagus but it does not seem to match. Also love wilted spinach or swiss chard but it does not seem to go either. Any ideas...?

Also... would some good garlic bread match well or not? Seems like too much starch to me but who does not love good garlic bread...?

Thanks for the help!

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  1. I think your menu looks lovely as is but if you want to grill something extra how about Grilled Chayote Squash.
    I think instead of garlic bread maybe some soft tortillias.

    4 Replies
    1. re: LaLa

      Thanks LaLa! Funny I was just googling recipes and came across Chayote squash. I have never made it... would I just grill like I would yellow squash or zucchini?

      I thought about small warm flour tortillas as well...

      1. re: boltsfan

        yes ....just the same.
        Great minds!

        1. re: LaLa

          Do I need to peel the chayote squash? Or just wash, slice and grill?

          1. re: boltsfan

            i LOVE chayote! just slice and grill. def don't peel. oh, and some people have issues with it upsetting their skin. i don't, but you may wear gloves when slicing...

    2. Sounds good. What about some grilled peppers, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, squash with some feta sprinkled on it. I know you said grilled, but french fries are popular as an Argentinian side dish. Maybe sprinkled with some salt, cumin and paprika?

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      1. re: jhopp217

        Thanks for the reply... but I prefer not to do another starch. I was going to make baked sweet potato fries with smoked paprika and lime zest but I really want to make some fresh corn. I think grilled beef and corn go so well together.

        The grilled mixed veggie idea is something we always do and I don't want to make the plate too sloppy so am leaning toward one grilled veggie. Maybe just some simple grilled zucchini (olive oil and lemon juice) will be ok.

        1. re: boltsfan

          A different one to try is quartered heads of romaine, charred, sprinkled w/ olive oil and lemon juice, salt and pepper. Absolutely delicious.

          1. re: mamachef

            I was about to suggest grilled romaine as well; can't go wrong here. Grilled avocados might not fit the veggie bill, but could still be a great addition.

      2. i like the chayote suggestion, but i also immediately thought of braised swiss chard or mustard greens with onions and garlic.