Common etiquette rules that if you’re invited to a friendly BBQ, you offer to bring something to add to the pot. So when I ask the big question, I often hear, “Sure that would be great. How about a side dish?”
Many hosts think they’re doing you a favor by offering the wide berth of side dish options. But this simple phrase can throw some self-respecting cooks into a triple gainer upside down axel with a spin.
Bringing a “little something” to a barbecue or potluck shouldn’t be that hard, but the vast spectrum of “side dish” gets some of us sideways. A green salad? Baked beans? Quinoa? Hot? Cold? Vegan? Gluten-free? Spicy? Not too spicy and no nuts for the 3 year old with allergies? Options, options, options!!
- 1 16 oz. package medium shell macaroni
- 1 cup peperoncini, sliced
- 1 cup prosciutto, sliced
- 3 T capers
- 1 T red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt