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Office Thanksgiving potluck ideas please!

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My office is having its annual Thanksgiving potluck, and in past years I've kinda copped out and brought store-bought stuff, but this year I have a lovely brand new kitchen and I'd love to make something. The things that are making it harder for me to think of what to make are: 1) it has to be something I can make the night before and carry on a crowded Metro, and 2) I won't have access to an oven (microwave only) after I get to work and the meal will start about 4 hours after I get in. I'm considering cranberry sauce, or a salad with dressing I can bring in on the side, but I'd love to make a more substantive Thanksgiving-y dish. Any suggestions? (Or if this is a topic that's rehashed every year and I just used the wrong search terms, if you could point me to the right thread that would be equally appreciated). Thanks!

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  1. My brother's sweet potatoes fit the bill and I know he has taken them to his office Thanksgiving in the past.

    No real recipe.......he bakes sweet potatoes about 3/4 way done, cools, peels and cuts into not-too-small chunks. Meanwhile in a medium shallow pan he melts butter with brown sugar and cinnamon, and adds fresh pineapple and rum. He adds the potatoes and cooks over low-medium heat until the potatoes are done. They are wonderful.

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      I agree, and think nearly any sweet potato dish will work well given the OP's constraints. They tend to heat up well in a microwave, but I also find that mashed sweet potatoes are tasty even if not fully heated up. Alternatively, I like a savory mashed sweet potato with butter and sage.

    2. Did you happen to catch kattyeyes recipe post for ricotta pumpkin squares? Well, the recipe is just unbelievable good. I'm eating a slice right now. Easy to fix the night before, slice in the AM (so the bars firm up) and take to the office. Super easy.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/660894
      this is the thread, scroll midway for the recipe.

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      1. re: HillJ

        Wow, those sound amazing! I usually gravitate toward the savory over the sweet but those could be perfect for this!

        1. re: chitodc

          chitodc, even if you decide on another recipe for the office potluck, treat yourself and make the recipe :) it's that good.

          1. re: HillJ

            I made them! Thank you so much for the tip! They were so good that my boyfriend actually tried to hide them from me so I couldn't take them into the office. Luckily I found them in time and they received such compliments as "Delightful!" and "I'm going to eat 10 of them!" and "RMRMAMRMRMRMR (nodding head vigorously with a mouth full of food!"

            1. re: chitodc

              hi chitodc! I'm thrilled the recipe was a hit for you. They are so easy to make and freeze beautifully. It's always great when you find a new recipe that not only works as written but gets raves!

        2. re: HillJ

          Thanks HillJ I am definitely going to make these.

        3. Whenever we have an office potluck , I try to make something that will work in a crockpot or will reheat on my warming trays. I can bring the tray/crockpot in the day before and then bring in the meal on the day of the event. It works well for me. I would think you could bring in dressing or sweet potatoes or almost anything except for the turkey.

          1. You could do a rice-based stuffing, which works well at room temperature or slightly warmed. You could also add sausage or some protein to it, if you want it to be protein heartier.

            You could also do something with Thanksgiving flavors, like some sort of roll-up -- crescent dough lined with turkey, cranberry chutney and gruyere, then rolled up and baked til golden... slice and package up to reheat at the office.

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            1. re: Emme

              My concern would be reheating crescents in a microwave. Doughy.

              1. re: HillJ

                Understood. Might be good room temp though and would include all the flavors...

                1. re: HillJ

                  This reminds me of someone mentioning that they can make savory rugelachs with chili preserves, cheese, bits of salami etc.

                  http://www.barefootkitchenwitch.com/t...

                  i might do this + kattyeyes pumpkiny goodness for my peeps.

                  1. re: jeniyo

                    oh my jeniyo, the savory rugelach could really sidetrack (in a good way) my plans. so many choices!

              2. i love this recipe for roasted sweet potatoes, it has chutney, cranberries, onions. I make it the day before and it gets even better. It can be served room temperature or heat it for a few minutes to serve warmed.
                http://www.chow.com/recipes/13666