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Crockpot dish to potluck lunch

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I have a church luncheon in a few weeks and I'll have to work before hand. Does anyone have any favorite dishes that can be made the night before. I have a 3 quart crock pot that has a travel crozy. Chilled dishes or desserts are welcome as well. Thanks!

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  1. Would a soup or stew be appropriate? I took a black bean soup with kielbasa to a potluck lunch around Christmas. One of my co workers made the rice to pour it over. I made it the night before, then used the crockpot to heat it up while we had staff development in the morning.

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    1. re: northside food

      Yes, a soup/stew would work.....my group of ladies cook and eat well so little offends them :)

    2. Mexican Rice. Cook 3c rice, put in greased crockpot, add 1 tub sour cream, couple cans of green chiles, sliced olives, 4c shredded cheese (I like a blend), stir together, cover and cook on low, stirring occasionally for 3-4 hours. I make it the night before and chill, then put on low when I get to my office for a potluck lunch. They love it!

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      1. re: AlaskaChick

        What is a tub of sour cream? 8 oz.? 16 oz.? 32 oz.?
        cans of green chilies? 4 oz.? 8 oz.? Larger?
        sliced olives? How many????

        1. re: laliz

          Your question allows me to post a link to my newest favorite blog. She is making a meal in her crockpot once a day each year. Great ideas. You are bound to find what you're looking for here. And I love her ability to convert "regular" recipes to croppot recipes:

          http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

          1. re: jeanmt

            Wow--that's kind of extreme. But hilarious. Here's her index of all her recipes (in alphabetical order). http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2007/...

            It would be a great idea for someone who is having her kitchen remodeled or maybe a dormitory dweller who has no stove...

            ~TDQ

          2. re: laliz

            This is one of those recipes where the exact measurements aren't too important. A tub of sour cream is 16 oz but if I have a little more or less, I don't worry about it. Green chiles - I usually use two 4oz cans but sometimes I use a couple of 8oz and sometimes I add jalapenos for a little more kick. Sliced olives - the recipe calls for one large can but I like olives so I put in more than that.

        2. I brought a crockpot shredded bbq beef to a pot luck recently. I served it w/ rolls, and it went over really well. The whole office smelled great, too.

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          1. re: mdepsmom

            mdepsmom- Do you have a recipe for your bbq beef that you can share? Thanks

            1. re: mdepsmom

              Pork shoulder would work nicely too. You might want to cook it the day before so you could degrease it.

              Add a few drops of liquid smoke, some onions sliced, couple of garlic cloves, some anaheim or new mexico chilis , s&p. Let 'er go, then skim fat. Serve with small dinner rolls and some hot sauce and sour cream for mini-tortas (sandwiches) It smells devine!

            2. Lately I have been oven poaching boneless chicken and serving it with whatever sauce thrills me that day - It is served at room temp and I have used pesto, gremolatas, citrus mayonaises, etc.

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              1. re: Bigley9

                Finally reporting back, I made crock pot "BBQ"
                To fit a 3 quart crock pot:

                3 1/2 chuck roast
                salt and pepper to season
                3 T butter
                1 small onion
                2 cloves garlic
                T yellow mustard
                1/2 t salt
                1/2 t paprika
                2 T lemon juice
                T Worchestshire
                1/4 c ketchup
                t chili powder
                1/4 c brown sugar

                Season chuck with salt and pepper and brown. Set aside. Mince onion and garlic and sweat in the butter. Whisk together remaining ingredients and add. Let simmer briefly. Coat chuck in sauce and add all to crock pot. Let simmer on low for 8 hours (or high for 4) or til chuck can be shredded with fork. I served with cole slaw and sandwich rolls

                1. re: MIss G

                  So? How did it go over?

                  1. re: SSqwerty

                    It was inhaled!