When you're hosting a barbecue, you expect to shell out for Grade A steak and other quality meats. And that's O.K.—after all, they're the main event!
But if you don't want to torpedo your entire summer entertainment budget in one sitting by paying top dollar for proteins, there is a simple solution: Buy less meat and round out your barbecue menu with inventive yet inexpensive sides that are just as filling.
From prosciutto mac and cheese to arugula pesto potato salad, we've put together seven delicious sides dishes to try this weekend ... and every one after that.
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Cara Eisenpress is the co-founder and head chef of Big Girls, Small Kitchen, an award-winning home-cooking site.