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Hosting a BBQ next weekend--6 meat LOVERS and 2 vegans. Menu help?

nothingswrong | | Jun 30, 2013 11:55 AM

Hi all,

So I'm hosting a BBQ/casual dinner party next weekend. So far, it looks like there will be 6-8 meat eaters and 2 vegans attending. Some of the omnivores are into veggies, but a couple of them won't touch something unless it's at least cooked in bacon. So I've got a great mix of guests here.

This is not really a foodie crowd. They are excited for Lipton onion soup mix dip.

Menu so far:

-Tortilla and potato chips with salsa, guacamole, sour cream/onion dip
-Vegan baked beans (Is this a bad idea?? Will omnis not want these?)
-Chopped green salad with veggies
-Roasted potato wedges
-Roasted sweet potato fries
-Corn on the cob
-Asparagus with garlic, lemon, tarragon (family recipe everyone loves)

-Hot dogs/sausages and burgers for the meat eaters (going to set out toppings--all the usual suspects plus caramelized onions, bacon, etc.)
-Pressed roasted veggie sandwiches for the vegans (grilled eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers with homemade pesto and tapenade. Made ahead and pressed in the fridge)

-Lots of fresh seasonal fruit
-Vegan vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache (I've made these hundreds of times; no one can tell they're vegan. I even had a middle aged male friend request this for his bday cake)
-Homemade apple hand pies
-Ice cream
-??? Maybe some kind of cookie

I feel like I'm missing something. Pasta salad, or some kind of app. I was trying not to make any mayo salads and instead roasting potato wedges, or maybe doing crash hot potatoes so the vegans can eat them as well. I believe all of my apps/sides are vegan up there aside from the onion dip. I'd love to be able to limit the splitting and labeling of dishes.

Anyone ever had vegan baked beans? Are they terrible? I'm not a bean eater myself, so I've never had the bacon/pork kind either. Just wanted some protein for the vegans.

Any suggestions? Thanks!!!

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