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Make-ahead vegetable dish for Christmas Eve

herring Dec 20, 2012 09:25 AM

I need to bring a vegetable dish to an Italian "seven fishes" Christmas Eve dinner. I'm working that day, so I'm looking for something I can prepare on Sunday and either re-heat at my friend's house or serve at room temperature. Everything I've come up with (aside from a platter of roasted vegetables) involves grains of some sort, but I think there will be enough of that on the table already. I'd like to keep this dish veggie-heavy, if not exclusively veg. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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    FriedClamFanatic Dec 20, 2012 02:29 PM

    the Green bean thing will hold up as long as you can refridge between transits..just cook it about halfway..then........take the slow cooker at end destination...take out the contents......heat the crock for 1/2 hour with just water............pour the water out and use "heat" or low cook for 30 mins

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      herring Dec 20, 2012 02:16 PM

      All great ideas, but I should have mentioned that I need to transport it from home, to work, then to my friend's place, which involves a couple of subways and a commuter train. So I think a soup/stew is asking for trouble. I love the idea of a kale salad. That would hold up a lot better than a traditional mixed-green salad.

      For some reason, I keep making ratatouille and I keep finding the results "meh." Do you have a recipe or strategy, jerirl, that's particularly good?

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        masha Dec 20, 2012 02:49 PM

        A green salad would hold up fine too, as long as you did not dress it until you got there and kept any "wet ingredients" in a separate container from the greens. Indeed, if you wanted to include pear or apple, you can cut it up in advance and place it and the dressing in the same container, separate from the greens, with a tight fitting lid. The acid in the dressing should keep the fruit from oxidizing. If your friend can supply a serving bowl, you can transport the greens in a plastic bag or large container, which should be manageable during your commute.

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          goodhealthgourmet Dec 20, 2012 02:55 PM

          Yes, these would be my suggestions for a lettuce- or spinach-based salad. If the OP chooses kale, better to dress ahead to soften the leaves.

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        jerirl Dec 20, 2012 10:24 AM

        How about a ratatouille? That's all vegetables and could be reheated or served at room temperature.

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          FriedClamFanatic Dec 20, 2012 09:51 AM

          For Thanksgiving and Christmas, I make a Green Bean and Red Pepper mix cooked in Chicken Stock. I bring it in a Slow-cooker and then use that to reheat. I add some Garlic and slivered Almonds at that point. A dash or two of Thyme is nice too

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            antimony Dec 20, 2012 09:48 AM

            Do you have a crockpot? Bean and vegetable soup/stew.

            1. goodhealthgourmet Dec 20, 2012 09:40 AM

              How about a kale or spinach salad?

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