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Need Pizza Sides

Anybody have any good pizza sides? Not that pizza on the Egg needs sides. But a lot of folks don't 'carb' or 'cheese' much plus a little variety goes a long way. And there's always the left overs.

We don't entertain much, but tonight we've got a group coming over, kids and adults, byob. That usually means cheese pizza for the kids and various pizzas for the adults. We like to make the first adult pizza using a classic recipe and from there let the adults pick their own toppings for the rest. It usually works out pretty good and today we'll try home made dough.

But we need (want) a few sides. A home made bowl of salsa with some chips always works and a couple of salads are on tap. And thinking some skewers of meat done indirect on the Egg just prior to the pizzas would go over well. Pork tenderloin with bbq sauce, marinated chicken, jerk shrimp, and dry rubbed-beef steak seem like a good lineup. 


  • How about grilled asparagus?  Always a winner here and asparagus is versitile.  If your lacking egg space or your temp is up in the pizza zone, you can steam them on the big kitchen clock thingy (gasp!).  They won't be as good, but still quite good.
    Flint, Michigan
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,065
    You already have the main side for pizza on tap (salad). Sides with pizza is unusual, but maybe you could do a potato bar or a pasta salad. While not a side, breadsticks would be a good addition.

    Good luck!
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,738
    Another very good reason to have additional EGGS. You can never have to many EGGS.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 3 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    edited April 2013
    Wings are often served with pizza, make up a bunch of @cazzy 's wings but they might rave over those instead of the pizza. 

    I would make a couple of homemade dressings and make the salads a little more fancy. 

    You could also go with your salsa idea and make a couple of salsas and guacamole too. Rick Bayless has some great ones. The grilled garlic and orange guacamole and roasted tomatillo are favorites in my house. 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • cazzycazzy Posts: 9,065
    edited April 2013
    Duh!!! How in the world did I miss wings? #-o Good catch!!
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ....
  • daffy1909daffy1909 Posts: 478
    BEER!!!!! :D
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,347
    edited April 2013
    cazzy said:
    Duh!!! How in the world did I miss wings? #-o Good catch!!
    Can't see the forest for the trees Cazzy, forest for trees....

    Personally, I like the salad idea, offer a basic vinaigrette dressing, the non-carb folks will be happy. The pizza topping choices can also double as salad extras, sliced mushrooms, peppers of all colours, ripe olives, sliced red sweet onion and matchstick carrots.    
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • gerhardkgerhardk Posts: 938
    One thing we like to make is bruschetta, I just bake the first pizza dough blank and cut it into two bite size pieces then top those with your favourite bruschetta recipe.  We put the bruschetta mixture in a bowl with a couple of spoons and people can to their pieces them selves, a little bit of crumpled fresh mozzarella makes it even better. It's quick and the fresh crust makes it really good.

  • CowdogsCowdogs Posts: 491
    I hate to suggest this on a grilling form, but I like a nice cool crisp green salad with pizza and wings.
  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,325
    Appreciate the input. Picked up some asparagus and salad fixins on the salsa ingredient run and, of course, wings are the perfect compliment, will do those next time since we're already working the skewers this time. The roasted tomatillo represents new territory so that'll have been done during a BGE 'lab' on a later date. Bon appetEGG!
  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,325
    We've got IPA (Sam Adams something) and we've got 2XIPA (some NY brew), both are hoppy, the way I like them. The wife is Coors Light (she doesn't like beer). The guests are winos, so they're bringing their own. All I've ever known was Boone's Farm, Ripple, and . . like many . . . left off at a bottle of MD2020 one night! 
  • I have to agree, what is pizza without some wings?
    Insofar as other sides, I have always been a big fan of just some pasta with garlic butter or pesto. One of my favorite Italian joints, Luigi's of Midland, TX, has a "pizza snack" that is half a pizza with a side of pasta. 
  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,325
    ABTs would work!
  • carter422carter422 Posts: 58
    I will do 3 pizza's when I cook them.  The first one I only put cheese on and cut and serve as cheese sticks.  By the time guests are done with them I have a pizza out and put on the second on.
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