Need Potluck Cold Main Dish
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.
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.
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:
Toast the nuts
Red cabbage or arugula instead of radicchio
Soak radicchio in water (with lemon?) to reduce bitterness
White balsamic imstead of regular
Grill the radicchio
Red pepper flakes
Serve over greens
Oil first so vinegar doesn't soak in
Cook orzo in broth
Warm or cold (hot?)
Roasted butternut squash
Cilantro instead of basil
Lemon juice instead of vinegar
Grilled or sauted zucchini
Other pasta (tortellini, couscous?)
Garlic into hot orzo to mellow
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.
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.
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...