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Apr 5, 2009 06:33 AM

Challenge:Cold main for Easter brunch/potluck?

So our church is holding a post-service Easter potluck Sunday morning, and on-site heating isn't really an option. We expect side dishes will be plentiful in this situation, so we'd like to contribute some sort of main-type thing.

We were thinking of cooking a large ham and slicing it to serve cold, but the prices and ham sizes here in Bratislava make that less than practical for us. Any suggestions for something hearty, cheap, tasty at room temperature and cheap?


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  1. Would sausages be any more affordable? They can be cooked ahead and sliced. Dried beans are very economical, so maybe you could do a white bean salad with sausage in it. It would be fine at room temperature. There's also eggs. Maybe quiches with cheese and sausage. I don't know how many people you need to serve.

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    1. re: nemo

      Sausages are definitely more affordable -- and some sort of bean salad might even be hearty enough on its own. We don't have a particular number of people to feed, our direction is just to bring enough to feed more than just ourselves =). I'm not very experienced with quiche, but have access to some recipes. That might be a good plan -- people like quiche, right?

      EDIT: Ooh... I could use ham in a quiche, but not need nearly as much and still get that nice flavor.

      1. re: novelgazer

        From the quiche idea, my wife just thought of a spanish omlette... tortilla espanola or tortilla de patata, which has the benefit of not requiring a crust.

        1. re: novelgazer

          There you go! Stretch the special ingredient. Or the ham pieces would go very well in a bean salad, if you're afraid to commit to the quiche.

          I love the Julia Child formula for quiche. For every egg, use up to 1/2 cup of milk or cream. So in a liquid measuring cup, put one egg and fill to the 1/2 cup mark with milk. Or if you crack in two eggs, fill to 1 cup. Three eggs, fill to 1-1/2 cups. Whisk and season. Then I think the rest of it goes 1-1/2 cups shredded cheese and 1-1/2 cups whatever your other ingredients are (cooked sausage, sauteed onions, green peppers, whatever). The three-egg recipe will fill an American sized 9" pie pan or 10" quiche pan lined with a pie crust.

          Anything after Lent will taste wonderful! Happy Easter!

          1. re: nemo

            >>Anything after Lent will taste wonderful! Happy Easter!

            Ha, ha! Very true! Happy Easter to you, as well!