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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 http://www.chow.com/recipes/11148, the Gumbo Z'herbes, http://www.chow.com/recipes/10906 if you need something vegetarian, or the pot roast with porcini and beer, http://www.chow.com/recipes/10201 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.


            1. Lasagna holds its heat a long time. You can individually nuke the servings at a partial heat percent just to get the goo of cheese back, or keep it in a low 200 degree oven assuming it is hot when it goes in. No muss or fuss. Can do veggie verision, light version, whatever you think the ladies would enjoy.

              1. This porchetta is meant to be served at room temperature, and you could just heat up the pan sauce there:

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/44002... - recipe a couple posts down.

                1. I would make a great winter veggie soup in the crock pot and bring a few big loaves of artisian crusty breads and maybe some funky butter spreads for the breads- like pesto butter or sage butter or even a homemade garlic bread that you can slightly toast just before eating. You can use sweet potatoes, butternut squash, yukon golds, turnips, parsnips (i am not fond of these), chunky carrots, onions... I would roast the veggies in the oven first to get them all carmalized first then make the soup- that way all your really doing is bringing them together in the stock so the flavors blend...
                  Bring some grated cheese for the top and your have a great meal.
                  I know what's for dinner in my house tomorrow!

                  1. I would make a braised chicken recipe. This one -- chicken with figs, cilantro and lemons is my current favorite but almost anything braised like this would work. It gets even better after it sits warming or reheated.