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Need recipes for "long" foods!

Hello all, it's my first time posting to the Chowhound boards so bear with me if multiple faux-pas are committed!

We're participating in a themed dinner this coming Sunday - the theme is "long" foods in honor of the long days of summer. It's a potluck, so I'm looking for all kinds of recipes (drink, appetizer, main course, side, salad, dessert).

Thus far I have come up with ideas such as Long Island Iced Tea, a stuffed pork loin, cheese straws, a carrot ribbon salad, long beans, etc. but would love any ideas or recipes that you can think of! I'd like to stay away from things like churros and foot long hot dogs, if possible.

Thanks!

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  1. A really simple spoof on the long idea would be to make a sandwich that runs the entire length of a baguette (then you can slice into individual servings). I was just on a fig post, so my mind is swimming with figs, but for example, you could do figs with prosciutto, some kind of cheese (gruyere or ricotta?) and tarragon.

    Any kind of noodle (soba, spaghetti, etc.) would also work. I'll think more and post later.

    Oh, one more thing-- if you don't mind stretching the "long" theme, FYI, the character for sushi (the "su" part) means "longevity" in Japanese (and you could make longish sushi rolls). . ..

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    1. What a fun idea for a potluck! The first thing that comes to mind is making a pasta dish out of one or more long pieces of pasta. You'd have to dust off your pasta maker for this and I don't know how practical it would be, but I envision a bowl filled with pasta and the entire thing being one long noodle. Depending on how many people you have to cook for, maybe you could do individual ramekins filled with one long noodle and sauce/soup to taste.

      Like Anzu, I will have to think more and post later if anything else comes to mind.

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        1. re: yayadave

          There was a post about that a while back, more as a practical joke than a party theme. My husband and I are going to make one for my little brother! I think it will be hilarious, especially done to the ever-critical eater in the family!

      1. I don't know if you'll have a grill but you can do something like:

        -Skewered lamb kabobs, with cherry tomatoes, pearl onions, mushrooms, bell pepper.
        -Grilled corn on the cob with husks pealed back.
        -Grilled eggplant, cut longways with some sort of vinaigrette.
        -Chinese long beans and shrimp stir-fry
        -Spring rolls or egg rolls

        I like the sandwich idea also mentioned above. Kind of interesting topic. I never thought about "long" shaped-wise food.

        1. Maybe Chicken Long Rice? (which is actually noodles!)...a Hawaiian dish which I've never had but I hope to have someday! Here's a recipe...some nice person here can probably come up with a better recipe:

          http://www.ehow.com/how_2748_make-bil...

          1. Val beat me to it with the chicken long rice. You might also consider dishes made with Long Island duckling or beef from longhorn cattle.

            In the beverage department, you could serve beer and soft drinks in longnecks. Angove's makes a line of affordable Australian wines under the Long Row label. Geelong is an Australian winegrowing region. Long-Depaquit is a producer of decent Chablis. And among pricey Bordeaux there's always Ch√Ęteau Troplong Mondot (troplong = too long) in St-Emilion and the two Longueville estates in Pauillac.