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alcoholic29 Mar 15, 2013 05:20 PM

Need some ideas for a pot luck. The last potluck I brought a subpar item. My reputation took a hit, so I want to step it up this time.

Ingredients - open although I'd like to use avocados

There will be no stove/oven. Item will be brought to work in morning. Then at lunch time, all items will be brought out.

Can't be a salad. That category was already filled.

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    foodie06 Mar 15, 2013 05:27 PM

    Maybe an avocado chicken or egg salad.

    1. pinehurst Mar 15, 2013 05:40 PM

      You could halve the avocados, and scoop out the innards, dice them up, toss them in lemon juice, and then toss with chicken, minced bell pepper, tomatoes, and a little bit of feta and s&p. Maybe a nice fresh chop of parsley on top. Bring spoons.

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        charlesbois Mar 15, 2013 05:40 PM

        Avocado and chilled shrimp pair really well for a small bite type appetizer. Slice of avocado, chile-dusted shrimp and lime crema layered on a tortilla chip. Bonus points if you get fresh chips from a local tortillaria.

        1. Breadcrumbs Mar 15, 2013 05:43 PM

          Personally I'd avoid avocados because they quickly brown when exposed to air. How about something else you and your colleagues like. What kind of food tends to go first at your potlucks?

          Do you have access to a fridge?

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          1. re: Breadcrumbs
            Bada Bing Mar 17, 2013 05:54 PM

            Agreed about time factor and avocado. Asking for headaches, if not failure.

          2. MsMaryMc Mar 15, 2013 05:45 PM

            How about a savory cheesecake, like this one...

            Southwest Cheesecake
            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

            You could probably garnish that with avocados (although you'd need to slice them just before you serve it).

            1. juster Mar 15, 2013 06:09 PM

              This is awesome warm or cold, and so easy: orzo with everything. It's a vinegary pasta salad with pine nuts, parm, basil, garlic, radicchio, etc.

              http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

              Here are some of my ideas and some gleaned from the comments, of ways to change it up, depending on what you like or have on hand:

              Artichoke hearts
              Roasted peppers
              Fennel
              Feta
              Toast the nuts
              Beans (white?
              )Walnuts
              Ginger
              Red cabbage or arugula instead of radicchio
              Soak radicchio in water (with lemon?) to reduce bitterness
              White balsamic imstead of regular
              Grill the radicchio
              Green onion
              Cherry tomato
              Red pepper flakes
              Cayenne
              Chicken
              Shrimp
              Lamb
              Serve over greens
              Oil first so vinegar doesn't soak in
              Cook orzo in broth
              Less oil
              Blue cheese
              Lemon zest
              Warm or cold (hot?)
              Capers
              Roasted garlic
              Sunflower seeds
              Dried apricots
              Dried cherries
              Roasted butternut squash
              Cilantro instead of basil
              Radish
              Grilled eggplant
              Cucumber
              Lemon juice instead of vinegar
              Grilled or sauted zucchini
              Asparagus
              Other pasta (tortellini, couscous?)
              Rice
              Farro
              Cooked mushrooms
              Currants
              Smoked turkey
              Garlic into hot orzo to mellow
              Red onion

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              1. re: juster
                ChristinaMason Mar 17, 2013 06:02 PM

                Wow! Lots of good ideas. I like your style.

              2. Ruthie789 Mar 15, 2013 06:17 PM

                My niece makes wraps using smoked salmon, lettuce, capers and some cream cheese. Rolled and sliced into bite size pieces.

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                1. re: Ruthie789
                  Lillipop Mar 15, 2013 07:55 PM

                  Ruthie that sounds so delicious.

                  1. re: Lillipop
                    Ruthie789 Mar 16, 2013 06:03 AM

                    It is and so easy and it looks lovely on the plate. The possibilities of the wraps are endless, different colours, different combinations, ease of preparation.

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                  sandylc Mar 15, 2013 06:31 PM

                  An asian noodle salad with lots of vegetables? Throw in meat and it's not really a salad, so you're following the rules.

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                    Pwmfan Mar 15, 2013 07:36 PM

                    Cold avocado soup with interesting garnishes

                    1. Lillipop Mar 15, 2013 07:48 PM

                      I have been experimenting with home made pizza dough and making simple vegetarian style pizzas with a bit of cheese. I also found a recipe for *no knead baguettes* that you shape and hit with olive oil...oregano fresh or dried basil cherry tomatoes great olives or anything you want. Super simple delicious chewy crispy hot or cold and you could feasibly incorporate your avocado onto them.Or just make some shrimp and avocado mix for sandwiches. People love luxurious finger foods.I detest avocado and I have a fruit bearing 65 year old avocado tree taking over my little back yard...I know it pairs well with citrus......bacon.....scallion.....red onion...cream..you should be able to make a creamy cold avocado soup with a bacon and scallion garnish.

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                        sedimental Mar 15, 2013 08:15 PM

                        What about a room temp Moroccan flavored cous cous dish...olives, lemon, sun dried tomato, etc. everyone usually likes that and is a little unusual for a potluck.

                        1. firecooked Mar 15, 2013 08:46 PM

                          California rolls..

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                            latte4me Mar 15, 2013 08:58 PM

                            I've had good luck with Nick Stellino's spinach pie recipe, which can be served at room temperature:

                            http://www.nickstellino.com/recipes_d...

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                              piccola Mar 17, 2013 04:55 PM

                              How about rice paper rolls? They're fairly easy to make and the wrapper would keep the avocado from turning too brown...

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                                JennX Mar 17, 2013 05:14 PM

                                Doesn't include avocados but one of my fave potluck items is spanakopita (or anything in phyllo really). Lots of recipes out there. Prepare the morning of and then it can sit and come to room temp by lunch??
                                Super easy cheese and charcuterie platter?
                                Tapenade and baguette?

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                                  JennX Mar 17, 2013 05:15 PM

                                  Oh and the obvious is guacamole, fresh salsa and chips?!

                                  1. LaLa Mar 17, 2013 05:41 PM

                                    What did you make last time?

                                    1. bards4 Mar 17, 2013 05:52 PM

                                      This is delicious.
                                      http://www.dulcetcuisine.com/curry-ch...

                                      1. ChristinaMason Mar 17, 2013 06:01 PM

                                        How about Ina Garten's orzo with roasted vegetables, to which you could add some nice-quality cooked, sliced sweet Italian sausage?

                                        ETA: Or, a soba-noodle salad with a spicy-sweet peanut-soy-rice wine dressing (which you'd add just before serving), cucumber, scallion, bean sprouts, grilled chicken, halved grape tomatoes....bring all the ingredients prepped in separate baggies and combine just before serving. Top with chopped peanuts.

                                        1. Bada Bing Mar 17, 2013 06:01 PM

                                          I vote that you try one or another national version of an awesome room temp but hearty food: quiche (French), Spanish tortilla/omelette (Spanish), or frittata (Italian).

                                          They're all variations on a theme involving egg, usually cream and cheese, and sometimes a substantial starch (most often day-old cooked pasta and/or potatoes in the Italian and Spanish forms).

                                          They really rock in flavor at room temp. And require no attention. If this is a good idea for you, follow up, and we'll help with specific recipes.

                                          edit: p.s., plays great with cool green salads...

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                                          1. re: Bada Bing
                                            ChristinaMason Mar 17, 2013 07:28 PM

                                            Oooh, good idea! Go for the tortilla espanola and a nice roasted red pepper or green herb sauce. Here are two helpful links:

                                            http://www.spanish-fiestas.com/recipes/tortilla/

                                            http://www.weareneverfull.com/work-yo...

                                          2. letsindulge Mar 17, 2013 07:56 PM

                                            How about a turkey with Swiss, or roast beef and cheddar sub on a whole French bread loaf. I'd add the avocado prior to serving.

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