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OK, Brain Trust! Please help me find the most festive, flavorful (fill in this blank) to bring to our all-staff holiday noon pot luck in a few weeks.

We have the usual assortment of self-professed gluten intolerants, vegetarians, non-pork takers, and regular joes. I can do the Crock Pot thing to keep whatever warm or I can hold in a fridge until serving. The lunch lasts from 11:30 to 1:30 (staggered staff lunch times), so serving time and temp matter. Thank you for your inspiration!

asked by marynn over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

I loved making this recipe: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

It is festive, you can use regular green beans instead of haricots verts, you can serve it warm or at room temp, and you can leave out the pancetta is you want to. It's very pretty with the tomatoes and beans and speaks to the holiday season.

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Monita

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added over 3 years ago

Here's a soup (http://www.marthastewart...)
salad (http://www.marthastewart...
and a fun dessert (http://www.marthastewart...) for your holiday party
dessert

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added over 3 years ago

Spiked egg nog or mulled cider (kept warm in the crockpot) or latkas.

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added over 3 years ago

One of my potluck favorites is Amanda's Haricots Vert with Walnuts and Walnut Oil from Cooking for Mr. Latte. It's easy to make and tastes great at room temperature. If you wanted to make it a little more substantial you could add slices of boiled fingerling potatoes and adjust the seasonings a bit.

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added over 3 years ago

I love this idea particularly with the addition of the potatoes.

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added over 3 years ago

I can't find this recipe. Can someone post the link. Thanks

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Kristen W.

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added over 3 years ago

Or, if you want to do dessert, these are INSANELY good and really easy to make:

http://m.foodandwine.com...

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added over 3 years ago

Can I trust myself to drive to work with these and not head off some side road for a snack or six?

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fiveandspice

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added over 3 years ago

What about making a really gorgeous salad, like this one http://theyearinfood.com... but with thinly sliced kale instead of the arugula so that it will stay nice and undroopy for many hours.
Or this one: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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added over 3 years ago

Deep green kale and ruby red pomegranate seeds, I'm in. I am thinking you are genius subbing the kale subbing out for the the arugula given the time challenge.

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added over 3 years ago

I'd go for a wild rice or quinoa salad that can be stored in the refrigerator and taken out an hour before you're ready to serve it, so that it can come to roomp temp.

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added over 3 years ago

another grain option is wheat berries. One op that would work nicely with any of these cooked grains is to add some chopped toasted nut (pecans, almosnds, walnuts), dried cranberries, roasted, and dices butternut squash, and thinly sliced green onions. You can dress all of that, an hour before serving with a dressing that includes oil, OJ, red wine vinegar (just enough to give it some extra acidity), kosher salt and fresh black pepper

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added over 3 years ago

ATG117's answer reminded me of a dish I recreated from a restaurant. Farro (wheat berries would work too), sautéed criminis, lightly steamed haricot verts, toasted hazelnuts, fresh thyme and I think there were carmelized shallots. Then a balsamic vinaigrette. I added chèvre too. Everyone loved it.

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added over 3 years ago

Mushroomy goodness--never bad! And I have farro on hand. Love the toasty hazelnut crunch and the creamy goat cheese, too.

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added over 3 years ago

The goat cheese would be a lovely addition with the butternut squash, cranberry, and nuts too.

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QueenSashy

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added over 3 years ago

I took these little guys to my office party a couple of years ago and now my folks request them every year. The really good thing is that you can make them a couple of days in advance, and glaze them the day before the party http://food52.com/recipes...

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added over 3 years ago

These look deadly decadent and satisfy not only the make-ahead requirement, but also the pot-luck paper plate protocol, as well. That they are a family recipe that you have refined and re-crafted makes them all the more unique.

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added over 3 years ago

A torta with layers of cream cheese, sundried tomatoes and pesto. Pine nuts around the outside and garnish with fresh basil. Tastes great and has all the christmas colours

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added over 3 years ago

http://www.nytimes.com...

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added over 3 years ago

i love all these ideas! here's an easy peasy rice salad - just made it again for a friends' potluck last weekend and it was a bit hit. http://www.food52.com/recipes...