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Foods Idea for Block Party

  • Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Every year we have a block party on Memorial Day weekend, where they block off the street and the kids can take over. We’re supposed to contribute a dish, but I never know what to bring. Does anyone have any good ideas for a dish that could handle sitting out in the heat for a couple hours? I could technically sit the dish in a larger dish full of ice to keep it cold, but I don’t have a way to keep anything warm. In past years, I’ve brought a salad, corn bread, cookie cake and bean dip with chips. I’m not a fan of mayonnaisey dishes like potato or pasta salad, but am open to pretty much anything else. Everyone brings their own meat to grill. Any ideas?

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  • embra
    Participant

    Tabouli is yummy although kind of a pain to make. I also don’t love mayonnaise, but there are some potato salads that have an oil and vinegar dressing that can be good. Some have things like herbs and capers or fresh vegetable like raw chopped peppers and tomatoes mixed in. Guacamole always seems to be a big hit at parties too as long as you can find good avocados where you are.

    Magster
    Magster
    Keymaster

    How fun!! You could cut ears of corn in smaller sections and cook them. Or do a big pot of any veggies that look good right now.

    I posted this recipe in the dinner thread awhile back, and I think it would be fun for potlucks. It’s pretty simple and it’s still good even if it’s not hot.

    http://thethriftycouple.com/2014/04/04/pull-apart-pizza-bread-recipe-including-healthier-and-gluten-free-variations/

    Momkey
    Momkey
    Participant

    Homemade baked beans, barbequed meatballs!


    embra
    Participant

    Oh or worm pudding. Make chocolate pudding, hide gummy worms in it partly peeping out on top, and crumble oreos over it all to look like dirt. We’ve done this at an outdoor party before, and it’s held up pretty well. It’s a big hit with the kids.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    The guacamole, corn and baked beans all sound like something I could easily do. Any more specific ideas for the veggies? A couple months ago I made a veggie dish with zucchini, spinach and corn that was surprisingly good. Maybe that would work? The pizza and pudding sound good too, but since Ethan can’t eat them it would mean I’d have to make something additional for him (especially the pudding!) and I probably won’t feel like putting in the extra work.

    Thanks for the ideas!


    embra
    Participant

    I don’t remember, Ethan is allergic to nuts and what else? Dairy? I know the ingredients in worm pudding are all nut- and egg- free because we had nut- and egg- allergic kids at our party and had to check everything carefully. The pudding can be made with plain soy milk and the Oreos are dairy free (although there may be traces) if you are so inclined. I have a super easy from-scratch pudding recipe so that all the ingredients can be controlled.

    Probably the other stuff people mentioned is better for everyone involved anyway though ;-)

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I love a pasta salad. (I hate mayo so not one involving that.) Or a veggie tray with hummus or another dip. Fruit skewers.

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Embra, Ethan is allergic to wheat, dairy, nuts, eggs and peas. I was thinking pudding had dairy in the mix, but I was wrong. Maybe we’ll try our own version of that worm pudding later this summer. I think Ethan would be intrigued the idea.

    Fruit skewers sound fun, too and I’m always up for veggies and dip. Thanks, TwoSapphires.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Worm pudding is a lot of fun. :) My boys had it at preschool and loved it.

    jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    I have often made this and it has always went over SO well

    I usually just add what fruit I have on hand

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Mmmm. That looks interesting Sara!

    jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    You can even buy the Stacy’s Pita Chips in the cinnamon for that and it would be just as yummy!

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    My first though was pasta salad. I make it with italian dressing. No mayo involved!

    1 box of rotini pasta
    1 package of mini pepperoni
    3/4 block of cubed colby cheese
    3/4 block of cubed monterey jack cheese
    1 diced green bell pepper
    several dashes of ground black pepper
    one jar of drained black sliced olives (I never add these since I don’t like them)

    Then pour 3/4 bottle of Italian dressing and toss it all together! It’s best to make it the day before so all the flavors have a chance to combine. I also like to top with parmesan cheese when serving. Delish!!

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    Thank you everyone for all the suggestions! I decided to go with the fruit salsa and cinnamon chips.

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Good choice! I think I need to make that soon myself.

    jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    Inga – how did it turn out?
    We had a party over the weekend and a friend brought a 7 layer greek dip and it was amazing. Hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese, olives … with pita chips!

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