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Aug 26, 2012 02:48 PM

Man food side dishes

Hi all,
Helping cook and serve a large group of bikers this wkend . There will b approx 50 guys some gals hosting a charity event for our MC club. Dinner is BBQ burgers and dogs .. Not my idea of Delish but ya know ..
I need some ideas for side dishes to go along with that .
Thinking baked beans, a cheesy pasta dish , Mac salad. We have no kitchen. Everything has to be prepared ahead and held warm or cold .
The guys arent picky, but being the food junkie I am, I do want to sort of impress their taste buds with something (or two ) great things. Hubby hates when I agonize over menu lol . Can anyone relate?

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  1. I recently discovered a bacon and blue cheese potato salad that is "food junkie" enough for you and robust enough for them. For bonus points, use smoked blue cheese.

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    1. re: Jeri L

      Wow Jeri !
      That's looks yummy! Going to do a Sample of that this wk! Everythings better w bacon for all men!!

    2. Baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, potato chips.

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      1. re: kengk

        Didn't even think about corn on the cob!! Brilliant!

        1. re: Cabbagesoup

          if it won't clash too much with the other foods, consider making Mexican-style street corn, aka elote. grill the whole corn cobs until slightly charred, and slather with a mixture of mayo or crema, crumbled cotija, cayenne and minced fresh cilantro. serve with lime wedges.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            That sound great too, but our grill space is limited . Going to change up dogs for sausages and kielbasa .

      2. Kidney bean salad is a nice change but still good cookout food. Rinsed beans w enough mayo to coacoat nicely. A nice squirt of mustard, either ball park or dijon.Diced celery and onion to taste and season w seasoned salt and parsley. Simple. I also think three bean would go nicely. Belize Cole slaw would be great.
        Shredded cabbage
        Peeled and seeded cucumbers
        Seeded and diced tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
        White vinegar, olive oil, seasoned salt and a smidge of sugar to make a vinegarette. Mix together soon before so the cukes and tomatoes don't make it watery.

        Tomato and mozzarella mixed w a basil dressing
        Antipasta salad
        Panzanella salad
        Sour cream and cheddar potato salad
        Watermelon feta and mint salad
        Chopped marinated vegetable salad. Tons of fresh veggies in season

        1. Maybe just some fresh fruit? Melons, berries, and pineapple usually go over well at cookouts, in my experience.

          Also, if you want to do BBQ beans, you can either make them in, or at least keep them warm in a crockpot. If you don't have anywhere at the location to plug one in, get it hot before you leave, wrap the lid in tin foil, and it should stay warm for quite a while.

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          1. re: Maggiethecat

            I think room temp baked beans are fine. On the other hand, cold corn on the cob is not. I would go with the baked or BBQ beans and a really good potato salad. Have a huge platter of sliced tomatoes and onions and lettuce so their is something healthy (for the burgers or on the side). You could even have a vinaigrette next to the tomatoes for those who want a green salad. My friend always brings sliced cukes in mayo with a little vinegar & sugar to picnics and they go fast!

          2. Yes we do have plugs . Doing to beans in a crock pot. Hitting costco for fruit also.
            Just always searching for a wow factor ! Am also going to throw in the corn on the cob.