The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Food

May 8, 2013

Barbeque Bests

A Celebration of Sides

TARBORO — When you're loading up the family for a big barbeque celebration, be sure to load up a variety of freshly-made salads and deliciously decadent brownies.

Whether pasta salads, potato salads or even those leafy greens, this side favorite is a perfect accompaniment to juicy grilled burgers, brats and steaks. Because this savory barbeque fare can bring out anyone's sweet tooth, don't forget to dish out the desserts. Adding your favorite nuts, fruit and candy toppings to a rich, gooey brownie can melt the hearts of guests as easily as the hot summer sun.

The best part about bringing a salad or brownie dessert - besides both being flavorful barbeque staples - most can be prepared the night before. This gives you more time to focus on the important things, like grilling your next culinary masterpiece and hanging out with your family.

For more tips on what to bring to your next barbeque, visit www.bettycrocker.com/brownies and www.suddenlysalad.com.

Brownie 'n Berries Dessert Pizza

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 2 hours, 50 minutes

Serves: 16

1     box (1 lb. 2.4 oz.) Betty Crocker(r) Original

    Supreme Premium brownie mix

    Water, vegetable oil and

    egg called for on brownie mix box

1     package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1/3     cup sugar

1/2     teaspoon vanilla

2     cups sliced fresh strawberries

1     cup fresh blueberries

1     cup fresh raspberries

1/2     cup apple jelly

Preheat oven to 350?F (325?F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray or shortening. Make brownie batter as directed. Spread in pan. Bake 26 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Carefully spread mixture evenly over brownie base. Arrange berries over cream cheese mixture. Stir jelly until smooth; brush over berries. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled. Cut into wedges. Store covered in refrigerator.

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