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Main Dish Ideas needed for Oyster Roast

krisrishere Nov 15, 2012 04:13 PM

So, I'm attending an oyster roast on Saturday and I've been asked to bring an entree for those that don't eat oysters. I'm drawing blanks probably because I'm focused on eating close to my body weight in oysters...ha! I would like something cheap(ish) and fairly simple. Ideally it should also hold up well on a buffet table for a few hours. I'm open to any ideas. Many thanks :)

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    Susan627 RE: krisrishere Nov 15, 2012 05:41 PM

    Most oyster roasts I've been to include bbq. Can you do some pulled pork? Also, brunswick stew is popular.

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      lynnlato RE: Susan627 Nov 16, 2012 04:52 PM

      You're one smart lady, Susan. Yep, pork bbq (preferably accompanied by a vinegar based, Eastern NC style sauce) or brunswick stew. Frogmore stew is another suggestion - shrimp, sausage, corn & potatoes w/ various herbs & spices is always included in my oyster roasts in South Cackalackey. And child please, bring some hush puppies. ;-)

    2. deet13 RE: krisrishere Nov 15, 2012 05:48 PM

      A corn casserole would work well with an oyster roast, and it's easy and cheap to make.

      If you want to spice up the casserole, just toss a small jar of pimentos (drained) into the mix.

      1. Terrie H. RE: krisrishere Nov 15, 2012 06:08 PM

        There are good prices on hams right now because of the holidays, so a nice baked ham with small rolls or biscuits might fit the bill.

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          Jeanne RE: krisrishere Nov 16, 2012 01:02 AM

          Oyster roasts are casual affairs - I live in NC and have definitely been to many. When they say main dish I doubt that they're talking about anything elaborate. Ask them.

          My sister and brother-in-law had an oyster roast last Saturday where she also made Dave Lieberman's New England Clam Chowder from the Food Network site and a recipe for Taco Chili we got from a friend. Very easy and really good. May be too "non gourmet" for some folks on this site but is really, really good and easy. Loved by adults and kids alike. Depending on how many people will be there - can double the recipe. Here's the recipe:

          Taco Chili

          1 lb hamburger browned with 1 small chopped onion
          1-2 cans tomatoes (petite diced)
          1 can rotel tomatoes
          1 can kidney beans – drained
          1 can white hominy – drained & rinsed
          1 can corn (yellow Mexican or summer crisp)
          1 pkg taco seasoning
          ½ C water

          Mix all and simmer 45-60 minutes. Or can add browned beef & onions to crock pot and cook in that. Also freezes well for any leftovers you may have. Serve in crock pot plugged in and on warm. Will keep for several hours on a buffet table.

          Toppings: chopped green onions, grated cheddar cheese, diced avocado, sour cream, tortilla chips

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            Vidute RE: krisrishere Nov 16, 2012 01:08 AM

            In Baltimore, Bull and Oyster Roasts are traditional. So, how how about a nice roast beef?

            1. LaLa RE: krisrishere Nov 16, 2012 06:40 AM

              in coastal sc we usually have a big pot of chicken bog (or perloo / pilau) or some form of bbq

              1. krisrishere RE: krisrishere Nov 16, 2012 01:59 PM

                Thanks for the ideas guys! I've decided to do some pulled pork bbq...they go perfectly together :)

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