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Food that rolls?

We've been invited to a potluck this weekend, that asks us to bring some type of food that is rolled. I can't ask the hostess what type of dish she prefers, since I've never met her (she's a friend of a friend, but has very thoughtfully invited us b/c we are new to the area).

Do you have any ideas of a food that would work well at a potluck that is rolled in some way? We live pretty close by (ten minutes), so we could cook it very easily at home and bring it along wrapped in foil.

My only two ideas so far:
Eggplant rollatini (I've never actually made this before, and don't know how it will hold up at a potluck).

Enchilada casserole (we've made enchiladas before [my husband is Mexican], but never in a casserole).

If anyone has any inspiring and yummy ideas that do not require too much time (I'll be at a conference during the morning that day, so it has to be able to be prepared in a few hours), I'd greatly appreciate it.

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  1. Since you've made them before, the enchiladas sound great. Especially since your husband is Mexican and you'd be taking something authentic. Wouldn't you just line them up in an oblong dish and sauce them?

    Everything else I can think of takes sort of a long time, but can be made ahead and actually taste better the next day -- stuffed cabbage, grape leaves, savory crepes (just make the crepes ahead). If you wanted to take a dessert, sweet crepes.

    There are pinwheel wraps that you layer deli meats, cheeses and veggies, then cut, but I'm guessing other folks are going to think of that.

    1. I am a fan of zucchini rollatini and I find them easier to make than the eggplant version. Plus it's zucchini season! Asparagus or green beans wrapped (oop - I mean rolled) in prosciutto?

      Other thoughts would be along the same lines as nemo - the night before:: I love to make lasagna roll ups where you make all the same ingredients but you roll the cheese mixture up inside a lasagna noodle and put it in the pan standing up like a cinnamon roll and sauce the whole pan before cooking. They're even good cold.

      Maybe a sweet? Ice box cookies? Rugelach?

      Good luck!

      1. i love an easy and nice looking vegie roll with phylo. It changes depending on what's in season but take vegies, cheese, rice, your fav herbs and a whipped up egg to bind it all. Lay it on several sheets of phylo, rolling long way, tuck in sides, roll up. Bake with egg wash or butter on outside, even sprinkle your fav. herbs or parm. Slice to serve. I've done this with broccoli/cheese/rice. I've done it with zuchini/summersquash/cheese/rice. You can also add meat like chix & brocolli. It's easy and presents nicely.

        Here's the closest pic I could find (mine is bigger though)

        1. Vietnamese summer rolls or any kind of spring roll.

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          1. re: susan1353

            totally agree, spring rolls are amazing and beautiful!

          2. Porchetta Sarda:



            I found this post of mine about cooking it another time:

            "After 50 minutes, the thermometer was at 140, so I took the roast out of the oven. It was incredibly moist, though not rosy inside. "

            1. I love good enchiladas, so that would be my first choice. Given your time constraints, I would suggest going for a poached chicken or cheese filling. As nemo points out, all you need to do is line the filled tortillas up in a long baking dish, sauce them, and top them with cheese and/or sour cream (depending on what you make).

              An easy and tasty rolled starter I like to make has wide strips of roasted red peppers wrapped around little logs (loglets?) of herbed chevre OR pepper strips wrapped around basil-wrapped sticks of smoked mozzarella. I always roast the peppers myself, but if you're feeling pressed for time, you could try subbing jarred pepper strips.

              The musk-type melons around here (Phx/southern AZ) have been outstanding lately, so prosciutto- or jamon serrano-wrapped melon chunks come to mind. Although I don't usually get much out of this particular combination, some people really go for it.

              And let us not forget bacon-wrapped dates, which always seem to be a big hit. :-)

              1. If it were me, I would make something eye-catching like the Filipino roulade known as morcon (http://unofficialcook.com/recipes/las...) or exotic like summer rolls, but when it comes to making something satisfying that everyone will love, it's hard to beat eggplant rollatini or enchilada casserole.

                1. lots of cool, creative ideas so far.

                  something really easy and possibly 'exotic' enough to keep things interesting is negimaki, rolled with asparagus if you wish. examples of recipes here:




                  1. I love themed potlucks! It's fun to see how everyone interprets the theme. I went to a Lord of the Rings movie watching marathon/potluck and we had all kinds of ring-shaped food, Kiwi's (they were filmed in New Zealand), Keebler ELVES cookies...what fun! But I digress...
                    My ideas: some sort of side dish with peas (every dropped a bowl? they roll); meatballs; some sort of jellyroll-like dessert; pinwheel cookies, donuts...

                    1. Strips of flank steak marinated overnight in red wine, garlic powder, soy sauce, fresh ground pepper (and a some chipotle tabasco if you like).

                      Lay a strip of smoked bacon on the strip and then roll into a pinwheel and hold together with toothpicks.

                      Grill or broil to medium rare,

                      1. Loads of excellent ideas already! Other ideas - a baked round of brie wrapped in phylo served with round crackers...donuts holes rolled in cinnamon and sugar, cinnamon buns ... or for a main lasagna rolls - similar to the rollatini idea :)

                        1. That sounds like a silly demand for a potluck, but I would recommend yule log cake. It is usually made at Christmas, but it is in the shape of a log.

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                          1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                            I love making that at Christmas time, but it's an awful lot of work - everytime I'm in the middle of making one, I ask myself "Why?", but then when it's done, I'm pleased.

                          2. Wow, thanks for the great ideas! More than an idea for the party, I've received a lot of great ideas for food that I want to make for myself!

                            So, I've narrowed it to one of my originals and a few of the suggestions you listed - I chose ones that with my experience, I think I could make them w/o a problem on the first try (the others I'll save for family dinners):
                            enchiladas (my own idea)
                            zucchini rollatini (love the idea of using zucchini)
                            sweet crepes (I can't believe I forgot this-my Dad used to make these, filling them with fruits)
                            Porchetta Sarda - this would a wonderful and substantial dish to add