Office lunch time pot luck
Looking for a pot luck idea for an office lunch. It would need to be in a crock pot or something that does not need to be heated. Any ideas besides the regular Chile or meatballs?
How long is lunch? Most crockpot meals are ones I'd like to sit and savor, or go back to (like getting a couple of bowls of beef stew while watching a game on Sunday), but it sounds like you'd probably be time-bound by the lunch hour.
First, I'd bring a powerstrip. If a bunch of folks are bringing crockpots, it might be a good idea.
I'd do a pulled pork or (at this time of year) a chowder. Those are my ideas for hot crockpot dishes.
I've never seen anyone turn down snackies of cheese, almonds, olives, pepperoni, etc, either--or wrap sandwiches (you could throw in veggie options, too).
What about a posole? It's different enough that it'll be new to some people, but familiar enough flavors that people all love it. It's perfect for cool weather. I would make it and then reheat in the crockpot but you can also find decent crockpot versions.
For room temperature, a braised stuffed bread or torta rustica are easy and popular. They're better warm, imo, but fine cooled.
I have made posole for office potlucks, but I do it much more simply.
I put the following in a crock pot:
- frozen posole (nixtumal) available at supermarkets and Latino markets. I use about 1/2 to 3/4 bag
- 1 - 2 T crushed oregano
- salt and pepper
- chopped garlic
- a chopped onion
- a little red chile powder
Then brown some pork in a little olive oil. I use pork chops or whatever's cheap (so long as it isn't too lean) and cut into bite sized cubes. A bone or two helps too.
Throw the pork into the slow cooker.
Add boiling water to cover.
Simmer until pork is cooked and all the posoles explode.
I serve with cilantro, red chile sauce (basically a roux, red chile powder and water), and lime slices. It is one of my favorite winter foods. The best way to do it is to make it before going to bed and eat it for breakfast, IMHO.
I've got a sun-dried tomato/cashew pasta salad (I use penne), with some nice red pepper heat to it. It's been a hit at office potlucks, without that pesky heating bit. Just a thought.