Need ideas for a cost effective crowd pleasing dinner for 60

Father’s day BBQ. I need to bring a side, but everyone has taken the usual ideas…

Father’s day BBQ. I need to bring a side, but everyone has taken the usual ideas: potato salad, baked beans, and slaw.
Anyone got any show stopping ideas? TIA

thank for the original creator Roseanna Morgan Nguyen

25 thoughts on “Father’s day BBQ. I need to bring a side, but everyone has taken the usual ideas…”

  1. Marcia Emanuele

    A nice tossed salad is always appreciated–it lightens up the usual BBQ foods. If you want, you can add cubes of cheese (provolone is my go to) and cubes of Genoa salami. OR, if you have time, have the deli slice the cheese and salami very, very, very thin. Take a slice of each and roll them together in a cone shape. Toss some I the salad and through some on top (for a nice presentation). Use either a bottled Italian or oil/vinegar dressing or make your own (very easy). I do equal parts oil (Olive or canola) and vinegar (white or wine vinegar). Add a teaspoon of sugar per cup of dressing, salt to taste and a sprinkle of Italian seasoning if you want. Serve it in a squeeze bottle made for things like ketchup (think “dollar store”). It is always a hit. Simple but appreciated by everyone trying to enjoy the heavy BBQ but lighten up a bit! Most of all–have fun!!

  2. Mexican dip, meatballs, pickle wraps, deviled eggs, pasta salad, pinwheels, fruit, cheesy hash brown casserole, corn casserole, green bean casserole,

  3. Rosemary Morgan

    7 layer salad. Orange fluff. If your family likes smoked fish, I have an awesome recipe. A little crust baguette and you got it made in the shade

  4. Pam Kuvaas Fahey

    I always take pistachio salad, so easy, 1 large can crushes pineapple, 1 small package pistachio pudding, 1 container cool whip and little marshmallows, I usually use 1/2 bag. Mix it up put in fridge till ready to go, can be done night before!

  5. Wash all fruits first. Cut up strawberries (bigger container), whole Green grapes (couple heaping handfuls), small container blueberries and just before you leave throw in a couple or three halved and sliced bananas. Mix in a can of peach pie filling. (I cut the peaches up a little). Mix well to coat bananas so they don’t brown. Delicious!

  6. Antipasto salad is a family fave of mine…
    Usually consists of:
    Tricolor rotini
    Black olives
    Banana peppers
    Cubed cheese(I prefer Colby jack or mild cheddar)
    Bell pepper(color of your choice)
    And then an Italian dressing of your choice

    I also like to sometimes add red onion and salami to mine

  7. Frozen fruit salad just chunk up fresh fruit and freeze serve frozen if you can it’s the best thirst quencher on a hot humid day

    TRI color rotini noodles cooked as instructed, drained, and cooled.
    Cubed mild cheddar and Colby jack cheese
    Pepperoni stick cut into thicker slices then quartered
    Cherry tomatoes
    Black olives
    Salad supreme seasoning
    Zesty Italian dressing
    Mix all together
    Serve cold


    peeled and slices cucumbers
    Sliced onions
    Cherry tomatoes cut in half
    Black olives if you prefer(I don’t)
    Zesty Italian dressing
    Mix well
    Serve cold

    Deviled eggs-
    Boil, peel, cut eggs lengthwise, put told in bowl, egg halves on platter, smash egg yolks to crumbs, mix with mirical whip, mustard, a dash of salt and pepper. Fill egg halves, serve cold.

  9. Fried Okra from Walmart Deli…pour it into your own bowl. Yum!

    Or, fried zucchini squash from Carl’s Jr. Restaurant in your own bowl. Yum!

    Or, 2 or 3 orders of potato wedges from Charlie’s Chicken restaurant. (Ask them to put it in their Foil pan covered.)

  10. Perla Melba Flores

    Cowboy salad.

    2 cans (15 ounces) black beans
    1 can (15 ounces) corn
    1 bunch cilantro1 bunch green onions
    (5 green onions)
    3 medium tomatoes
    1 avocado (optional)
    1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
    2 tablespoons vinegar or lime juice
    1⁄2 teaspoon each salt and pepper

  11. Jacqueline Ray

    Chopped broccoli, chopped cauliflower, sunflower seeds, olives and mix in your choice of ranch or Italian dressing. My aunt also puts purple grapes in hers, I’ve been wanting to experiment by putting cranberries instead grapes and using balsamic vinaigrette. That salad goes fast at family functions for us.

  12. Tomato salad, dice up 4 bigger tomatoes, a package of oyster crackers, bacon bits and some mayo for the sauce and a little seasoning to taste. My family loves this salad and the few events I’ve taken this to everyone has loved it, unless they don’t like tomatoes

  13. Apple salad. I cut apples into chunks and mix with whip cream, marshmallows and sliced maraschino cherries. I put a few splashes of the cherry juice in it and mix. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat. Delish! (My parents don’t like nots but I bet this would be good with some pecans or walnuts in it too)

  14. I don’t have a recipe but cucumber, onion and vinegar is something I’ve seen for a good summery side. I think it may also have like a bit of sugar, salt and pepper too

  15. Jalapeño cheesy creamed corn. I dice up about 3 to 4 fresh jalapeños and add it to frozen corn, heavy whipping cream, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, about 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c salted butter, 2 8oz blocks of cream cheese and 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar. Heat on low until everything is hot and bubbly.

  16. Tammy Littleford Griggs

    My family recipe.
    Grandma’s Macaroni Salad

    1 box ditalini pasta, boiled, drained and cooled
    1 head lettuce, chopped
    1 medium sweet yellow onion, diced
    9-10 roma tomatoes, chopped
    3 tablespoons minced garlic
    2 tsp salt and pepper
    1 tablespoon dried parsley
    1 tablespoon dried basil
    1 to 1 1/2 cups Miracle Whip or Mayo

    Mix everything together well, put in fridge overnight. Stir well before serving.

  17. Linda Packard Walker

    Fruit salad. Sliced grapes, bananas (at end) blueberries or raspberries. Do in stainless bowl…chill right before serving add cool whip. Refreshing .. other fruit as desired just watch your citrus

  18. Allison Nicole Broyles

    Cucumbers in vinegar (also called cucumber salad)
    6-8 pickling cucumbers (sliced thin)
    1 small-med sweet onion (sliced thin)
    1/2 package cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
    3 cups apple cider vinegar
    1 cup water
    1 cup sugar
    Salt and pepper to taste

    Liquid to veggie should be pretty equal

  19. what’s your dads favorite fruit pie? well take that pie filling, mix with Coolwhip and add complimentary other fruits or chopped nuts, it is so easy and refreshing.

  20. BEST crockpot Mac and cheese!

    16 ounces COOKED al dente elbow macaroni
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    6 tablespoons butter
    1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
    2 1/2 cups whole milk
    1 (16 ounce) package shredded sharp cheddar (reserve 1/2 cup)
    8 ounces Velveeta
    8 ounces cream cheese

    Mix all ingredients in crockpot, and cook on low 3-4 hours. Put on remaining cheese, cover and let melt.

    Crockpot temp can vary. Mine took about the whole 3 hours. My mom said hers only took 2. Keep an eye on it, and if everything is melted and combined, you can change it to the warm setting.

  21. Elizabeth Thomas

    Broccoli salad, cut up raw Broccoli mix with cut up fried bacon, shredded sharp cheddar, mayo and alittle sugar. Then chill, I make this all the time. Never any left!

  22. Bonnie Gallagher

    Pineapple Soufflé big hit at the party we had everyone loved it glad I doubled the recipe

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