Favorite outdoor Potluck dish thats NOT a Salad or typical Casserole

Im tired of seeing the usual baked zitis and salads... am I the only one? I saw a suggestion somewhere here for Stromboli and thought that was a great idea! Looking for other alternative types of dishes for an outdoor potluck at the end of January, no electricity available. Thanks!

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inpatskitchen
inpatskitchen December 27, 2018

Cookbookchick's "Batsaria" is wonderful warm, cold or at room temperature:
https://food52.com/recipes...

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Lori Terwilliger
Lori Terwilliger December 27, 2018

Stromboli would work, except it might be difficult to serve and eat unless you made small, personal size versions. That being a jumping off point, you could use bread dough and create stuffed rolls using just about anything you can imagine- well, except for lettuce. If it is all inside the roll, that makes individual serving much easier. Depending on the time it will take to get to the site, you could still cook and transport things in a crockpot as well. If you take care to wrap the pot in thick towels, it most likely would hold temperature for some time. In the days before crockpots, my grandmother told me how they would cook stews in a cast iron dutch oven, and put that in a box filled with straw to stay hot for hours. She lived on a homestead in Kansas, and they had to go some distance to attend church on Sunday. It was normal to have a potluck meal after the services, and I guess that's how the ladies managed a warm meal. According to her, they had quite the variety of roast meats and other dishes, all in cast iron pots stored in straw. Otherwise, perhaps cold fried chicken?? There are also the variations on raised pies which could work as well.

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Jennifer W
Jennifer W December 27, 2018

Thanks for sharing Grandmas experience and suggestions:) You're right I believe there is a traditional stuffed roll with ground beef and cabbage...?

CookOnTheFly
CookOnTheFly December 27, 2018

How about a Muffaletta? A hearty sandwich that has to be prepared in advance and pressed?

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Pegeen
Pegeen December 27, 2018

I happened to see these two recipes recently - they sound tasty.

For these cauliflower tacos, a plus is that you can bring extra toppings for people to customize the basic taco that you provide (avocado, tomato salsa, chopped onion, etc.) although that could get a little messy outdoors if you have limited table space and utensils.
https://food52.com/blog...

These Spicy Cauliflower Red Lentil burgers sound good but to serve as "finger food," I'd make them in smaller portions as sliders. (Or just make regular size and cut them in half for your serving tray with a long toothpick to hold the layers together.)
https://food52.com/recipes...

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Pegeen
Pegeen December 27, 2018

Here's another one! Sweet Potato & Mushroom Quinoa burgers. Serve as sliders, or make "regular" size as per the recipe and just cut in half for your serving tray. Hearty for outdoors in January.
https://food52.com/recipes...

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Jennifer W
Jennifer W December 27, 2018

Thanks!

HalfPint
HalfPint December 27, 2018

I would make sesame noodles. Doesn't need refrigeration and can be made ahead of time. The recipe from America's Test Kitchen, my favorite, makes a ton and with chicken as an optional add-in.

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Nancy
Nancy December 28, 2018

Stuffed or fried pies that can be eaten at room or ambient temperature.
Some are individual size, some are larger and to be cut in wedges for serving.
Like Cornish pasty (meat filling), bourekas from Israel, Turkey or North Africa (cheese or potato filling), Italian filled pies (spinach, eggs, ricotta & parmesan, by Anita Sheldon; Sicilian escarole with feta, raisins, anchovies by many, here Giada De Laurentiis)
https://www.bbc.com/food/recipes/classic_cornish_pasty_67037
https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/cheese-bourekas/
https://www.thespruceeats.com/potato-bourekas-parve-2121871
https://www.familycookbookproject.com/recipe/698214/easter-pie--anita-sheldons-torta-di-spinaci.html
https://www.foodnetwork...

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby December 28, 2018

Most requested is Garlic Parmesan Cheese pull apart bread (and variations).
It uses frozen Rhodes dinner rolls.
Great recipes at melissasouthernstylekitchen.com
Always a huge hit!
BB💐

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BakerBren
BakerBren December 28, 2018

Focaccia--simply topped and precut, or fulle loaded up like a pizza. It's sturdy enough to eat out of hand and you can transport it in a pizza box.

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