The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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.

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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.

Greek Tossed Pasta Salad

Feta, olives and tomatoes give a ready-in-30-minutes pasta salad its classic Greek inspiration.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 10

1     box Betty Crocker(r)Suddenly Salad(r) classic

    pasta salad mix

    Water and oil called for on salad mix box

4     cups torn romaine lettuce

2     medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped (1 1/2 cups)

1     small cucumber, coarsely chopped (1 cup)

1/2     cup thinly sliced red onion,slices cut in half

1     can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained

4     oz. crumbled feta cheese (1 cup)

Make pasta as directed on box.

In large bowl, stir together seasoning mix, water and oil. Stir in pasta and remaining ingredients except cheese. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately, or refrigerate.

Red, White and Blueberry Pasta Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Serves: 6

1     box Betty Crocker(r) Suddenly Salad(r) classic

    pasta salad mix

    Water and oil called for on salad mix box

1     cup diced red bell pepper

1     cup blueberries

1/3     cup feta cheese, crumbled

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Stir in remaining ingredients, except feta, mixing well with pasta salad dressing. Sprinkle feta over salad. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

S'mores Brownies

Prep time: 25 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 35 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

2     cups miniature marshmallows

4     graham crackers, broken into small pieces

2     milk chocolate candy bars, broken into

    1-inch squares

Preheat oven to 350?F (325?F for dark or nonstick pan). Make brownies as directed. After removing pan from oven, set oven to broil. Immediately sprinkle marshmallows and graham crackers over warm brownies. Broil about 4 to 5 inches from heat 30 to 60 seconds or until marshmallows are golden brown. (Watch carefully, marshmallows and graham crackers will brown quickly.) Sprinkle with chocolate candy. To serve warm, cool about 30 minutes. Cut into 4 rows by 4 rows.