I'm invited to a potluck picnic next weekend.
wanted to make something easy to eat and somewhat substantial..
help me out :)
Vegetarian chili is easy to make in large quantity and the ingredients are pretty cheap. Just make a ton of it and put it in a huge tupperware and serve it in plastic cups with spoons. Worked great for us. Very filling and good at room temp. There are some great recipes on Epicurious.
I'm thinking of my favorites; how about green bean salad, red beet salad, mac & cheese, lasagna (is good cold, too), fudge for the sweet-tooth, iced tea, a loaf cake; without any soft icing....whose bringing the hamburger for the grill? This list could be endless !
Maybe tortellini salad with roasted red peppers, blanched broccoli, kalamatas, onions, garlic, lemon vinaigrette, feta or fresh mini mozzarella balls.
Tortellini with roasted poblanos, corn, black beans, red peppers, onions, garlic, cumin-chili vinaigrette, feta or habanero cheddar cubes. (chicken also works)
Baked spinach penne dish.
Veggie chili is also a good suggestion.
Gazpacho with homemade garlicky croutons is always welcome, too.
Also, antipasto salad with a mix of yummy quality Italian coldcut, provolone, roasted peppers, artichokes, olives, tomatoes, and anything else that you like is a hearty, no fuss dish. Just toss with a simple vinaigrette.
I like to make chicken sate. You can make a cilantro dipping sauce for it or a salsa verde instead of or in addition to traditional peanut sauce. Everyone loves eating food on skewers. I cut the chicken in generous strips, put them on 8" wooden skewers and roast at 450 for 25 minutes just before going out.. When they cool a little, wrap them in aluminum foil and then pack in ziplock bags. Delicious at room temp. If you have time earlier in the day, marinate the chicken pieces in olive oil, lemon juice & chopped garlic for a few hours.