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Do you have a great office potluck recipe?

Asked by Seek (34709points) December 12th, 2012

The End of the World Potluck is coming up! While I have some great dishes in mind (Nuclear Wasteland Stuffed Mushroom Clouds, Mayan Calendar Cupcakes), I’d like to bring a real food dish. Something filling.

We have a lot of special diets in our office – one girl allergic to anything spicy, about half of us are vegetarian or vegan. I have a big crock-pot and a food steamer I can bring in, and there’s a microwave and a toaster oven in the office.

So do you have a kickass recipe (preferably meatless) that’s always a hit at parties, and doesn’t require an oven? Hit me!

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JenniferP's avatar

I don’t know because I always avoid potlucks at work. Remember. Just joking around. No offense.

Seek's avatar

You’re funny. You’re a funny girl. ^_^

marinelife's avatar

My go to in similar situations is vegetable lasagna. Delicious and filling, Here is a good recipe.

janbb's avatar

Vegetarian chili. I read that one girl is allergic to anything spicy but surely she doesn’t have to eat everything.

creative1's avatar

I make a wonderful Coconut Rice, I do 2 cups of rice, finely chopped ginger and shallots, I do abt 1 to 2 shallots depending on the size and about a tablespoon of ginger, frozen peas abt a ¼ to a ½ of package and 2 cans of coconut milk, ¼ cup of water and a tablespoon of coconut oil. I find the the coconut oil adds the most flavor. If you can find it I sometimes add frozen unsweentened coconut to it (I recently saw in the store Bob’s Red Mill Makes a dried unsweetened shredded coconut but I haven’t tried it yet) I put everything in my steamer and steam until rice is cooked. When done mix since the peas, ginger and shallots tend to all go to the top of it.

Kardamom's avatar

My go to recipe is Cold Noodle Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing with Tofu and Veggies

I prefer broccoli to asparagus and I use Trader Joe’s Organic Baked Tofu because it has a texture that is more like chicken (not so scary for the non-vegetarians) This recipe calls for soba noodles, but you can also make it with the lighter colored somen noodles for a less intense flavor than the buckwheat noodles.

This salad tastes better the second day, so you can make it ahead of time.

Hint: as soon as you have drained and rinsed the noodles in cold water, to stop the cooking, put them into your bowl and add a teeny bit of the sesame oil and stir it into the noodles, making sure to separate the strands. The first time I made this dish, I didn’t do that and the noodles tended to clump together.

Another good idea is Minestrone Soup which you can make the night before, transport in tupperware and then reheat in a crockpot. You could serve it with some sliced French bread and you could even have a tub of garlic butter to serve with it. My cousin just did this last week at our family Xmas party. She used Smart Balance Buttery Spread which is vegan. She put some chopped garlic in it and let it sit in the fridge over night, so the flavor could develop. It was excellent!

Another good option, if you have the time and patience to make these the day before is Vegetarian Fresh Spring Rolls You can also add in some of the Trader Joe’s tofu.

You could also make Mock Curried Chicken Salad wraps. Wrap the salad with whole wheat tortillas and add fresh lettuce. Cut them on the diagonal so each tortilla makes 2 sammiches.

YARNLADY's avatar

Our biggest hit was the homemade bread from out bread machine, along with some softened, real butter. For some reason, hubby no longer takes things to the office potlucks, and our bread machine broke and wasn’t replaced.

JLeslie's avatar

I just made 36 deviled eggs for my husband’s pot luck. They request them every year. But, that isn’t a real food dish maybe? Anyway, mine are the very simple recipe of tons of Helmann’s mayo and a little bit of good deli mustard (I use Nathan’s brand. National deli and Hebrew National would work too). Sprinkle a little paprika on top. Nothing else. I have never had a deviled egg with other stuff in there that was good.

Someone said lasagna, which was another thought I had. I love lasagna. Also very simple is stuffed shells. I stuff mine with just ricotta and mozerella mixed, sauce on top, done.

Recently I am obsessed with falafel from a local restaurant near me. I don’t have a recipe, but maybe consider it served with pita and hummus.

Veggie quesadillas. You can make them at home and warm them up in the toaster oven.

Noodles or spaetzle with just a little butter and salt.

Cous cous with cubed zuchini, muschrooms, and red pepper and a little bit of mint. I like Near East brand cous cous, either the plain or the parmesian.

Kardamom's avatar

@Jleslie OMG! I love me some deviled eggs!

filmfann's avatar

Franks and beans, but serve it in a couple of cleaned out dog food cans, like Max used.

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