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Sep 15, 2012 05:17 PM

Thanksgiving Potatoes that can be served at room temperature or cold

Any ideas for a potato dish that needs to be served cold or at room temperature? This is for a Thanksgiving dinner. Thank you!

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  1. Cold? No, but roasted potatoes are fine at room temp.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      It looks like I'll be taking everything to a nursing home. I want to make this as easy as possible to set up. I know the turkey roulade is fine at room temp, but the potatoes??? I adore potato salad but it doesn't seem right for Thanksgiving. We don't eat bacon, so that rules out the german-style. Do roasted potatoes seem like they's loose their crispness served cold? I'm transporting them 1 1/2 hours away.

      1. re: DaisyM

        Surely the nursing home has a microwave you could use.

    2. You're roaming into potato salad territory.

      1. Here's a recipe for Peperonata (Italian, of course) that serves well at room temperature:

        1. A sweet and sour German-style potato salad would work. It's made with either a bacon and vinegar dressing or just a whole mess of sauteed onions and vinegar (or both). It's not a mayonnaise potato salad so it doesn't come off like picnic food and it can be served warmish or at room temp. Would definitely work for Thanksgiving. Don't have a recipe right at hand, but I'm sure you could google one up pretty easily.

          1. Potato salad - or any room temp or cold version of a typical hot holiday dish - accentuates the fact that this is not a true holiday celebration. I'd keep the foods as hot as possible during transport (there are plenty of posts about using hot bricks, chemical reaction hand-warmers, and the like to keep the heat in an insulated cooler). Mashed potatoes can be reheated in an oven or microwave. You might even look into books (e.g. Manifold Destiny) and threads about cooking on car engines. Well-wrapped in foil, and securely-located, your food would stay piping hot.

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            1. re: greygarious

              I've taken food to this place before, most recently bagels and lox, etc. The room where we can do this just has tables and chairs. So, I literally brought everything including tablecloth, and plastic bags to clean up. I'm not going to ask to use their kitchen, because they will be preparing food for the rest of the residents. I'll look read about keeping food warm. I'm just trying to make this as nice and festive as possible.

              1. re: DaisyM

                Food satys very warm wrapped in towels and put in a cooler. Roasted potatoes would be fine that way. They do lose their crispness a bit but are still wonderful.