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Old 05-13-2005, 02:33 AM   #1
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Need your ideas for a casual outing

We're going to have a casual outside party for my sons high school graduation. He doesn't want anything fancy. We're just planning on pulling out numerous grills and grilling some hamburgers, hotdogs, maybe chicken breasts. We need some side ideas that will tolerate being left out for several hours. We will have about 5 or 6 crockpots going. What would you fix?

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Old 05-13-2005, 10:16 AM   #2
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You could keep baked beans, oven roasted potatoes or dirty rice in a crock pot.

With a gang of high school kids, chips should be available. That's a side dish for most teens.
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Old 05-13-2005, 11:16 AM   #3
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Agree with Andy that most kids are picky eaters. I would suggest a few things to keep them busy munching until you fire up the grill and get the burgers and hot dogs ready.

Some layered dip - Refried beans, layered with salsa, lettuce, cheddar cheese and topped with some chopped scallions and chopped avacados. Leave some sour cream out on the side in a bowl filled with ice. It has a much longer shelf life than you think. I would put a big bowl of chips with that.

A fruit salad would be great. I am not sure how many kids are into fruit but if they were like my son who prefers any kind of fruit over other prepared confections it would go over well. I personally prefer fruit at room temperature. You can cut seedless watermelon, cantelopes, honey dews, throw in some grapes stir it all together and serve it in a large bowl.

You can also prepare some eggrolls with filling of your choice ahead of time and freeze them. The day of your party fry them early in the morning and serve with room temperature. Trust me they still taste pretty great with some sort of dipping sauce.

Amongst Indians we make something called samosas that are mostly eaten at room temperature and I have yet to find someone who did not like it. I know it's exotic for most kids but it's nothing but a mixture of boiled potatoes and peas with some cumin and chilli powder, lemon juice and cilantro stuffed in little wonton wrappers and fried for a bite size snack. I would think it would go over well because it's finger food.

Have chex mix, assorted nuts and candy corn and you have it made.

Sorry crockpot and cookouts don't go hand in hand with me. I prefer room temperature food and finger foods around kids.
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Old 05-13-2005, 12:20 PM   #4
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TEXAS CAVIAR
(in North Carolina it's called Texas Caviar and in Texas it's called North Carolina Caviar probably). This is excellent made a couple hours ahead and I always add a can of drained and rinsed sweet corn.

3 16oz cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 small jar chopped pimentos, juice included
1 bunch scallions, chopped, green part only
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon Tabasco
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 fresh jalapeno chilies, seeded and chopped
1 firm, ripe tomato, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or pressed
2 cups vinaigrette

In a large bowl stir all ingredients very well. Chill for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight in a sealed container. The longer it sits the better it gets.

Serve with old-fashioned crackers or tortilla chips.

Vinaigrette recipe - 1 part vinegar, 3 parts oil, chopped garlic
Add crushed garlic, vinegar, and oil. Close and shake well. Let stand and shake again well. Use less than tempted to use.
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Old 05-15-2005, 09:13 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for some great ideas!
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Old 05-15-2005, 12:34 PM   #6
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You can't go wrong with a good macaroni and cheese...kids always love that.

Here's another kid favorite that Emeril made for one of his school lunch shows, and it's a big hit here as well.

Tator Tot Casserole

2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup ham, choped
1 lb. tator tots, thawed
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper

Topping:
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup cooked crumbled bacon

Mix first 7 ingredients together. Put in buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with topping. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
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TEXAS CAVIAR
(in North Carolina it's called Texas Caviar and in Texas it's called North Carolina Caviar probably). This is excellent made a couple hours ahead and I always add a can of drained and rinsed sweet corn.

3 16oz cans black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 small jar chopped pimentos, juice included
1 bunch scallions, chopped, green part only
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon Tabasco
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
3 fresh jalapeno chilies, seeded and chopped
1 firm, ripe tomato, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced or pressed
2 cups vinaigrette

In a large bowl stir all ingredients very well. Chill for at least 4-6 hours, preferably overnight in a sealed container. The longer it sits the better it gets.

Serve with old-fashioned crackers or tortilla chips.

Vinaigrette recipe - 1 part vinegar, 3 parts oil, chopped garlic
Add crushed garlic, vinegar, and oil. Close and shake well. Let stand and shake again well. Use less than tempted to use.
I don't think that i have ever had this
Don't know what it would be called here.
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Old 05-16-2005, 08:55 AM   #8
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i think the baked beans are a good idea, and i have a great potato recipe from my Aunt Joyce.
parboil 5 lbs. of red potatoes, skin on. peel as for potato salad or leave the skin on for color. grate 1/3 on large holes into a 13" glass baking dish, then onion salt and garlic powder and lots of fresh-cracked black pepper. repeat the layers.
pour 3 small cartons of whipping cream over it. cover with foil, chill overnight, then bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
DELISH! Aunt Joyce brings these to most family gatherings and they go like crazy. you can add cheddar cheese and chives, too, in between the layers.
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:37 AM   #9
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great recipes....thanks guys!
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Check the grilling section. I'm sure there are some good ideas there. Like maybe some grilled pineapple.
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