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Cookout side dish idea?
      #999048 - 04/25/09 05:32 PM (71.176.228.253)

I have to bring a side dish to a cookout next Saturday, and I'd like to bring something different. Usually I make a broccoli salad, or something like that. Anyone have any good ideas?

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: GaKaye]
      #999054 - 04/25/09 05:44 PM (70.126.103.207)

How about this cold salad! Everyone I serve it to just loves it.

Broccoli/Craisin Salad

Dressing:
1 cup mayo
1/2 cup sugar
2 T. apple cider vinegar

Mix in small bowl or jar. Best if made a few hours ahead or even the night before, however, it's pretty darn tasty if made even an half hour ahead.

Salad:
2 lbs. broccoli florets (or two small bags of Broccoli)
1 6-oz. bag of craisins (Cherry Flavored or Original, Original is best)
1 lb. bacon, crumbled
1/2-1 cup diced red onion

Mix with dressing just before serving.

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: Kimmers]
      #999066 - 04/25/09 06:11 PM (71.176.228.253)

Thanks Kimmers! That's actually very similar to the broccoli salad I make, except that mine has cheese instead of craisins.

Keep 'em coming!

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: GaKaye]
      #999076 - 04/25/09 06:51 PM (66.6.178.161)

Taboule is something I do a LOT of when cook-out season is in full swing. Once my own herb garden starts producing, I go from scratch, but this time of year I grab the boxed Near East Taboule off the shelf. Lemon juice, EVOO, white balsamic vinegar, chopped tomato, onion/scallion, avocado ( the lemon juice/balsamic acid keeps the avocado green and fresh) and I'll add julienne/matchstick carrots, snow peas ( or sugar snaps) and possibly some fresh asparagus cuts.

Taboule is a nice pairing with anything off the grill and a tasty Complex Carb/low glycemic index side dish.

Sorry no recipe, I wing it. If taboule is new to you, try it out the easy way first.

Bulgar wheat ( cracked wheat berries) are easy to find, come in coarse, medium and fine, and it is worth experimenting with different textures to find the right one for your tastes.

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: GaKaye]
      #999083 - 04/25/09 07:03 PM (173.70.202.81)

Georgia,
Deb makes a macaroni salad with chopped red & green peppers, chopped onions, broccoli flowerettes, frozen uncooked baby Le Seur Peas and shreaded carrots...
NO Celry (it just makes it watery )...
and maybe some chopped hard boiled egg...
then the whole mayo thingy, on the dry side, rather than swimming in it...
dusted with sweet paprika for color...
no cheese...

bacon bits, if that's your thing... I would rather have it without...

Has to be served cold... not room temp... it's very refershing...

we're having it tonight as a matter of fact (w/o the chopped egg)... to celebrate our first day above 80F... with burgers on the grill...

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: GaKaye]
      #999089 - 04/25/09 07:14 PM (75.82.152.50)

Can't beat Bourbon Beans for a backyard event.

Take 4 cans of your choice baked/Boston beans and combine with 1/3 cup of chili sauce
tsp dry mustard
tbs molasses
1/2 cup plus a splash of your choice Bourbon
1/2 cup strong coffee
mix it all together and cover with cloth let sit at least 3-4 hours, we prefer overnight. Then bake at 375 for approx 40 minutes. We put sliced apple and cinnamon on top, others do sliced pineapple and brown sugar for an additional 40 minutes.

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: BigJim]
      #999092 - 04/25/09 07:32 PM (173.70.202.81)

BigJim...
Sounds really good! Deb makes a mean baked beans... but this one is better, I think... Don't tell her tho!

I'd post this one in it's own thread!
wouldn't want to loose this recipe because it's buried in another thread!
I already have it copied to my recipes folder...

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: BigJim]
      #999106 - 04/25/09 08:23 PM (71.176.228.253)

OH! I think that's it! That looks so good, and different from the things that everyone else brings! However, I'm not a bourbon drinker, so what should I buy? Wait, I just looked...there's a bottle of Jim Beam in the back of the liquor cabinet...it must be 25 years old, never been opened!! Will that do?

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: GaKaye]
      #999107 - 04/25/09 08:30 PM (173.70.202.81)

Georgia... I can't drink Bourbon... but it makes a really great recpie ingredient!

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Re: Cookout side dish idea? [Re: peconic]
      #999108 - 04/25/09 08:33 PM (71.176.228.253)

So is Jim Beam Bourbon? (I'm a wine drinker...see avatar!!)

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