Soup for potluck
My office is doing a winter potluck where people are bringing in all kinds or soup, stews and chilis. Nothing is specifically off limits but should be warm and hearty. I dont have a crock pot or slow cooker to use so I cant do that (though I will have a way to reheat it.) What should I bring?
How about butternut squash soup? Really easy, you can make it a day or two ahead and it travels well. My general method is to cut 1 or 2 buttnernut squashes in half and roast them on an oiled baking sheet, cut side down, until they are pretty soft, then scoop them out of the skin like an avocado, and set aside. Meantime, sweat a chopped onion in olive oil, add curry powder and toast it with the onion and oil for a minute, add the squash and chicken broth to cover, and simmer for a while until the squash is really soft. Puree with a stick blender or in the blender and taste for salt and pepper. If it's too thick, just thin it with more stock. I serve with a dollop of creme fraiche and minced fresh parsley or cilantro (fried sage leaves are nice too, but for a work potluck it's probably not practical).
Since you don't have a crockpot so really have no way to serve a soup or stew, have you considered contributing something else to round out the menu? As nice as hot soup and stew is, an entire buffet of only those things sounds a little odd. How about a few kinds of breads, rolls, breadsticks? How about a dessert that you could warm up in the microwave? Or maybe a veggie and dip platter or a green salad?
How about a spinach salad set-up. A big bowl of baby spinach leaves, a carafe of hot bacon oil dressing, and bowls of topping. bacon bits, chopped hard boiled egg, blue cheese, sliced onions,. Then you could go further afield with capers, anchovies, whatever.
Name: Taco Soup
2 pounds ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped
1 envelope dry taco seasoning mix
1 envelope dry ranch dressing mix
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 can whole kernel corn with liquid
1 can (28oz) stewed tomatoes with liquid
1-1/2 cup tomato, V8 or Bloody Mary mix
Brown chopped onions and remove. Brown ground beef and mix in the onion. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until done or ready to serve.
Serve with tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream or avocado slices.