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What would you serve with Chili?

Discussion in 'Chef's Lounge' started by ChefBeckyD, Sep 26, 2008.

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  1. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    I'm having a Birthday party for my DH on Oct 11th, and the guest list is between 75-100 people.:eek:

    Wonderfully, his boss has said that we can use the Large Conference/Training Room at their Corporate Headquarters. (they have 4 different campuses w/ smaller rooms) and it has a full kitchen attached to it.

    I've been trying to figure out what I would do for food that would be simple, budget friendly, but still delicious. This morning - in the wee hours - I finally decided to do Chili.

    I have the best recipe for White Chicken Chili, and then I'll also do a Tomato-based Chili. We are also having Costco Birthday Cake (YUM!)

    I thought I'd have bowls of Tortilla Chips, and chili toppings - cheese, sour cream, onions.

    What else would you serve with Chili? Appetizers? a veggie tray? Some other type of sweet?

    Oh - we are doing lemonade, water, and coffee for the drinks.
  2. chefann

    chefann Gold Member

    I like chili served over macaroni, so a pot of that wouldn't be uncalled for (and would help stretch the chili, too). Actually, I like corn stirred into my tomato-based chili, too. And sour cream. And cheese. (but you've already got those 2 on your list)

    Veggie tray would be a good choice, and not too hard to put together.
    How about a simple green salad? Then people can pour chili onto it to make taco salad.
  3. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Gold Member

    Hmmm, my first thought is always hot dogs with chili, but that probably doesn't fit the 'delicious' part... lol! My other fav with chili is grilled cheese, but again... ;)

    Maybe a relish tray of some sort? Or a pot of macaroni noodles... I'm not helping much, I don't think.
  4. Maybe you can do some veggie pizza's or a veggie and cheese tray?
    I usually don't serve anything else w/ chili...
  5. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    Great ideas! Thanks Ann! I love both of those!
  6. That is SO funny, my first thought was hot dogs too!

    I like the salad idea too
  7. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    I wouldn't at home either...but I was thinking for this Momentous Occasion (did I mention it's his 50th Birthday?:D) I was thinking I should make it a little more special.
  8. LeslieSGI

    LeslieSGI Gold Member

    Down here in the south (and yes, NORTH Florida is considered by most to be "the South"), a big pan (PC Roasting pan, maybe?) of corn bread cut into squares would be considered a wonderful accompaniment to either kind of chili. And it need not be served hot; room temperature would be fine IMHO. ​
  9. Teresa Lynn

    Teresa Lynn Gold Member

    a veggie tray
    cheese cubes assorted crackers

    how about ice cream sundaes
  10. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    Oh wow! Why didn't I think of that? I love cornbread with chili!
  11. Teresa Lynn

    Teresa Lynn Gold Member

    fritos would also be good
  12. Great ideas here, I think any of them would be acceptable!
    Best wishes to your hubby! Does he know about the party or is it a surprise?
  13. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Gold Member

    He knows. He's the one who wanted a big party!:rolleyes:

    Plus, I decided it probably wouldn't be possible to keep a secret, since I have a 4 yr old with me all the time who repeats everything he hears.
  14. When I saw the thread, my first thought was cornbread. Then when I saw that Ann puts noodles under hers, it made me think of chili baked potatoes. Now I'm craving Wendy's for lunch! :)
  15. crystalscookingnow

    crystalscookingnow Gold Member

    Cornbread, definitely cornbread! Yummy! :D
  16. My first thought was cornbread too---it would go a long way!

    You could also offer perhaps a salad
  17. CORN BREAD!!!!
    I've made this recipe in the DDB and it comes out great!

    Golden Sweet Cornbread
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup yellow cornmeal
    2/3 cup white sugar
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 egg
    1 cup milk
    1/3 cup vegetable oil

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
    2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
    3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  18. pampermejolene

    pampermejolene Gold Member

    I have to agree, cornbread!!
    And lots and lots of cheese to go on top!!

    Yummm.... I think I just decided what I'm having for lunch today!
  19. AnnieBee

    AnnieBee Gold Member

    Growing up, we always had rice with chili - it's cheap and easy to make lotsd of, and could be done ahead and re-heated. But maybe it's an english thing...

    Corn bread and salad also sound good, and a veggie tray and dip.

    Personally macaroni and chili just sounds wierd!!
  20. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Gold Member

    When I lived in Hawaii I ate Chili over rice a lot (they eat rice with everything in Hawaii!)
  21. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Gold Member

    Hey Annie, looks like you type just a little faster than me!
  22. janetupnorth

    janetupnorth Gold Member

    I like all the ideas so far...except the rice...never tried that one yet...

    I didn't have chili over noodles with SC and cheese until I moved up north.

    Also, how about Oyster Snack Crackers on the side...

    Oyster Snack Crackers

    2 pkg. Oyster crackers
    1 cup vegetable oil
    1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing Mix
    1 tsp. dill weed
    1 tsp. onion powder or salt OR ½ tsp. garlic powder or salt

    Mix last four ingredients and pour on crackers – shake or stir once every 15 minutes for about an hour then serve.
  23. JAE


    I didn't read all the responses, yet, but I like to serve garlic bread or bread sticks with chili. I'm not a big fan of garlic bread with spaghetti because who needs that much starch in one meal? KWIM? But, my family likes garlic bread, so I save it for chili night, which is quite often in the fall and winter.

    I also like to have corn and toss salad (dark lettuces) with chili.

    And for dessert? Well, chocolate, of course!
  24. KellyTheChef

    KellyTheChef Gold Member

    I think cornbread would be super. You can even make that ahead and freeze it...you can do cornbread muffins, or mini muffins to "upscale" the look of it!

    I think a salad or a veggie tray along with the cornbread would really round out the dinner. Good idea on the tortilla chips, and I agree with whoever mentioned FRITOS!! I have even seen cookouts where they bought snack bags of Fritos, you smash them and open the top of the bag...add chili, cheese and toppings and mix and eat out of the bag! Not that your party sounds like THAT would be a good idea, but talking about this reminded me of that idea!

    (BTW-DH and I love chili and rice too!)
  25. Fritos was the only thing that came to my mind!!

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