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Dec 1, 2009 06:06 PM

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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          Moroccan-Spiced Parsnips

          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:

          1. Savory Onion and Leek Tart

            Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

            Mushroom and Fennel Bread Pudding

            Celery Root and Squash Gratin

            Broccoli, Mushroom and Gouda Quiche