Memorial Day BBQ Ideas?

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Registered: 06-03-2005
Memorial Day BBQ Ideas?
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Mon, 05-19-2014 - 2:50pm

Hi everyone, I'm going to a BBQ on Saturday, weather permitting, and need to bring a potluck type meal. I usually love to bring my taco pie, but I need to feed a decent amount of people and that would just end up being really expensive. Anyone have any suggestions on something good to bring for a large quantity of people (usually there are upwards of 50 people there, but I obviously don't need to feed them all, but about 20-30 would be good) that won't exactly break the bank? I don't mind spending about $20-$35. Thanks!!

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 8:04pm

A cold pasta primavera would be good.  Take 2 lbs of spaghetti, and break it into rough quarters.  This is not a math lesson so don't worry if it breaks a bit more.  The idea is you want it to stay on a fork, but still be pieces, and not crumbs.  Boil per package directions in WELL salted water.  Drain when al dente, DO NOT RINSE, and return to pot.  Dress with a vinegar/oil Italian dressing--Newman's Own is a good choice.  Start with about a 1/3 of the bottle, and add more as it is absorbed by the hot pasta, but stop before it is swimming.

Then add whatever strikes your fancy.  I have used: toasted pine nuts (available toasted at Trader Joe's), a rinsed can of chickpeas, raw or blanched broccoli florets, chopped blanched small asparagus &/or green beans, julianned zuchinni & yellow squash, chopped red & yellow pepper (roasted or raw),  halved cherry tomatoes, julianned basil leaves, chopped spring (green) onions with some of the tops included, shredded whole milfk mozzerella, shredded provolone...  Mix and refrigerate till you go.

None of this will spoil if it sits out for a reasonable amount of time.  There is no mayo, cesar (raw egg), or milk based dressing to spoil either.

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Registered: 06-03-2005
Tue, 05-20-2014 - 11:27am

Thanks, sabrtooth! That's a great idea! I've never made it before so this would be a good test too! LOL :) 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 05-20-2014 - 11:40am

I usually bring a mixed greens salad and a couple different bottles of dressings and it has always been a big hit. 

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Registered: 04-16-2008
Wed, 05-21-2014 - 2:47pm

LOVE the idea of simple mixed greens.  So often people bring massively fattening food to those gatherings.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2002
Thu, 05-22-2014 - 7:07am
I love all these idea You could bake a pan of baked beans also.. Top with some real bacon...
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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 05-22-2014 - 11:31am

When I make the pasta primavera, I use rainbow rotini.  It's really pretty!  I also use a vinaigrette, and toss with chopped black olives, carrot, onions, bell pepper, celery, sweet pickle relish, cucumber...anything goes!  Even some chopped pepperoni is a good addition.  

Baked beans are always a good bet, and they are good cold or warm.  Fruit platters are always welcome as well. 

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