Suggestions needed for vegetable-centric dish that travels well and keeps well (for funeral)
I do seem to remember reading a good thread on a similar subject a while back, but all the threads I've managed to find through "search" seem to mostly focus on meatier dishes or other heavy pastas. The family has already received quite a few meaty, carby dishes and I understand that something with vegetable content would be very welcome.
I'd like to find a vegetable dish that would survive a four-hour drive in good form. Would y'all please help me brainstorm? My cooking noggin seems to be a little stymied at the moment. All I can think of are oven roasted mixed vegetables (which I've been making quite a lot) and tabbouleh.
I made stuffed cabbage with lentil de puys instead of meat for the vegetarian main at Thanksgiving, It was very well recieved (even by the turkey eaters) and kept very well - we just finished it up tonight for dinner. I think it would travel well in a shallow pan with a lid or covered with aluminum foil.
One thing we always include for a dinner with lots of people that never goes out of style (it seems) is a pot of green beans cooked with potatoes or tomatoes & shallots and maybe either some pork or smoked turkey (we have non-pork eaters in the family). Always well received, I guess, because there are no surprises with this dish.
A cold marinated vegetable salad is also a good choice; carrots, red onions, peas, celery, seeded cucumber, yellow squash and zucchini, halved cherry tomatoes and corn, etc. sprinkled with vegetable sea salt and marinated in a Vidalia onion or basil vinaigrette is simple & delicious
For Thanksgiving I made a mess of roasted golden beets, chopped them, tossed them with a vinaigrette (heavy on vinegar, just a touch of oil), and some chopped parsley. Traveled beautifully.
Also made a cabbage slaw (again with lots of vinegar and a touch of buttermilk) and it too traveled well. I added carrots, peppers and parsley as well, so was very nutritious.
Gourmet's Shredded Brussels Sprouts & Scallions
Orzotto With Zucchini & Pesto - Orzo Risotto - If you can do 5 or 10 minutes of cooking at your relatives, you can make this recipe ahead of time & finish up the last bit of cooking.
This is a really good tabouleh recipe:
Chard and Onion Omelet - Trouchia - can be cut into wedges and served at any temp.
Cooking Light's Citrus-Marinated Mushrooms
You can also make a nice winter salad and toss it when you arrive. Here are a couple.
Kale Salad With Pine Nuts, Currants & Parmesan
Apple, Endive & Gorgonzola Salad
Orzo with Everything is also a great make-ahead salad.
Check out this webpage for some helpful tips:
Savory Onion and Leek Tart
Roasted Delicata Squash Salad
Mushroom and Fennel Bread Pudding
Celery Root and Squash Gratin
Broccoli, Mushroom and Gouda Quiche