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Office Thanksgiving potluck ideas please!

chitodc Nov 9, 2009 06:24 AM

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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    Janet from Richmond RE: chitodc Nov 9, 2009 06:36 AM

    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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      chevrelove RE: Janet from Richmond Nov 9, 2009 09:21 AM

      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.

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      HillJ RE: chitodc Nov 9, 2009 11:51 AM

      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.

      this is the thread, scroll midway for the recipe.

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        chitodc RE: HillJ Nov 9, 2009 12:28 PM

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

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          HillJ RE: chitodc Nov 9, 2009 01:03 PM

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

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            chitodc RE: HillJ Nov 19, 2009 08:54 AM

            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!"

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              HillJ RE: chitodc Nov 19, 2009 01:37 PM

              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!

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          Janet from Richmond RE: HillJ Nov 10, 2009 04:38 AM

          Thanks HillJ I am definitely going to make these.

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          NE_Elaine RE: chitodc Nov 9, 2009 12:13 PM

          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. Emme RE: chitodc Nov 9, 2009 07:16 PM

            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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              HillJ RE: Emme Nov 10, 2009 03:07 AM

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

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                Emme RE: HillJ Nov 10, 2009 07:51 PM

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

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                  jeniyo RE: HillJ Nov 19, 2009 10:11 AM

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


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

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                    HillJ RE: jeniyo Nov 19, 2009 01:35 PM

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

              2. JEN10 RE: chitodc Nov 10, 2009 04:05 AM

                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.

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