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Dec 5, 2007 12:09 PM

Need main dish idea that can sit for over an hour

I'm going to a dinner party and I'm slated to bring a main dish. The deal is that we are playing tennis for an hour and a half and then we'll have dinner. Any ideas of what I could bring that would be warm. I could bring a crock pot if I knew what to make. I'm a little overwhelmed at the moment and not coming up with much so I'd appreciate any ideas.

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  1. Can you get a gel pack? Pyrex makes an insulated carrier and the gel pack keeps the food hot or cold for hours. It's a great thing to have.

    Other than that, you could heat up dried beans in a pillowcase in the microwave and put it in the cooler and keep food warm that way. I don't know where you live but if I didn't have anything that kept the food warm, it would be cold in 1 1/2 hours in this weather.

    1. Unfortunately, I can't think of anything that can sit for over an hour and still remain warm, but if you're willing to bring a crock pot there are some great stews on CHOW that would work. I love the Lamb and Quince Stew, the Gumbo Z'herbes, if you need something vegetarian, or the pot roast with porcini and beer, is really tasty too.

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      1. re: kramos

        I do have a crock pot so I could make something in that. The tennis players are all women so I would like something on the lighter side than a meat dish. I thought I could make spagetti but would like some creative ideas. Thanks.

      2. I once made white bread dough, made two large disks, put sliced ham and grated cheese between, sealed the edges and baked a giant filled ham and cheese sandwich, slicing later into wedges. I baked in a round deep dish clay pizza pan. You could bake it at the last minute, put into a paper grocery bag to keep warm. Even if it's room temp when serving, it'll still be great! Bring mustard on the side.

        1. Does it have to be warm? Chicken Marbella can be cooked in advance and served at room temperature and it's great.

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          1. re: valerie

            I think I will make chicken marbella. That is perfect. I can make it in advance and nuke it to warm up or keep in warm in the crock pot. Thanks

          2. With a crockpot handy, I think a hearty soup, like pasta e fagioli would be great. Keep the cooked pasta separate and add just before serving.