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I need a kick-ass potluck dish

90% of our office is traveling to a conference next week and I wanted to prepare lunch for the five of us who have to remain behind. They suggested a potluck so while they will be covering the salads, sides, and dessert, I want to offer up a really nice "thank-you" entree.

Limitations are the usual ones for potlucks; microwave is available, but no oven or stove. I do, however, own a small hotplate and for past potlucks, I've brought pots of soup which were well-received, but it is now summer and that isn't substantial enough.

I'm pondering Coq au Vin because that is stew-like, but it still seems too heavy for summer. Everyone seems to like chicken, but I am open.

Suggestions for a hearty main-course?

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    1. Last summer, I made a green chile (Hatch) pork stew that was well received. It can be as simple or as intricate as you wish. I didn't use any cumin or oregano like the recipes I'm pulling up via Google. It was basically browned pork butt, minced onion, garlic (I think), roasted and peeled chiles, diced potato, and chicken stock. It looked like hell, but it tasted really good.

      1. Chicken salad on croissants seem to go fast at parties/get-togethers, but you might be looking for something more robust. Maybe a baked potato bar...have baked potatoes and a choice of toppings so everyone can pick what they like?

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        1. Would you have a slow cooker available to you? If so, what about a pulled pork that you can either serve on it's own or with sandwich buns? I can give a good recipe if you want it. Several, actually.

          1. Since you mention chicken, you can also do a pulled chicken in the slow cooker, too. I've made this recipe before and it turns out great. I used thighs and breasts in mine.

            http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/bar...

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            1. re: Leepa

              I don't own a slow cooker -- but that doesn't mean I couldn't make something the day before and re-heat it in a clay pot on a hot plate. The pulled pork might be a good idea...

              The chicken marbella looks interesting and I'm surprised I've never heard of it.

              1. re: CarrieWas218

                Chicken Marbella is a great summer dish.A little sweet a little salty,with a bit of a sour note.
                it would be great with a side salad,just make sure you use both white and dark meat and leave the bones in.2 whole chickens should do the trick,with some leftovers.