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 Post subject: Suggestions for an autumnal, omnivorous potluck?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:32 pm 
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I'm going to a potluck and am not sure what to make. Normally I'd bring some kind of grain salad or pie, but I'm wondering about other possibilities. Frankly I don't feel like going all out (in terms of cost of ingredients or difficulty of recipe) because no one else will be bringing anything vegan and I'm just going to socialize. What are your potluck greatest hits?


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We have a million work potlucks for the holidays and I usually don't want to go to any trouble. When this happens I make hot spiced apple cider. It's cheap, easy, festive, and delicious. And then you can just eat before.

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Cookies are cheap and easy. If no one else eats them, they're easy to take back home or freeze for later.


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I agree with Rebekah - I made the Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles for an omni potluck a while back and they were hugely popular.

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i usually go with bread or cookies myself but if you want to actually have food food to eat, that pumpkin and caramelized onion (or is it butternut squash- somebody help me!) baked pasta is pretty good, I don't think I have had anyone freak on me about it (which is pretty high praise considering the people I've served it to). Plus it's pretty, fall-y, and tastes really good.

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You could just roast a bunch of veggies.

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torque wrote:
but if you want to actually have food food to eat, that pumpkin and caramelized onion (or is it butternut squash- somebody help me!) baked pasta is pretty good, I don't think I have had anyone freak on me about it (which is pretty high praise considering the people I've served it to). Plus it's pretty, fall-y, and tastes really good.

That's exactly what popped into my head. Pumpkin ziti, right? I have had omnis loose their minds over that dish. Weird because I think it's only so so, but it's super easy and doesn't come across as weird.

Rice paper rolls with squash and/or root vegetables and a nice spicy dipping sauce could be nice too.

I like those potato spinach squares from Vegan Brunch too with a bit of extra lemon and spice. So easy and good at room temperature.


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yes yes, that was it, thank you!

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I was thinking the pumpkin ziti too!

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Does anyone have any suggestions for add-ins for the pumpkin ziti? I really love it as a potluck dish during the holidays but almost always wish there was some other flavor in there but I can't put my finger on what.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an autumnal, omnivorous potluck?
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Oh but another suggestion - the maple mustard string beans and potatoes from VWAV. I make it every year for thanksgiving and every year my family devours it and won't shut up about it. The flavors are so different it doesn't step on the toes of other potato or green bean dishes.

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Fee wrote:
Does anyone have any suggestions for add-ins for the pumpkin ziti? I really love it as a potluck dish during the holidays but almost always wish there was some other flavor in there but I can't put my finger on what.

I read this and thought of crumbled, sauteed chorizo (or your preferred vegan sausage) being mixed into the cassarole before preparing it for the oven. That may be crazy, though. But sitting here, I can see it..and taste it. Maybe because it's almost my lunchtime and I'm pretty hungry.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an autumnal, omnivorous potluck?
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definitely- when i make it i almost never can get (or be bothered getting) the cashew creme or tofu or whatever is supposed to go in there. The heavy flavor in there is caramelized onion, the pumpkin, and I put a goodly amount of fresh sage in there. Pretty much any kind of sausage or marinated tempeh would go great with that.
(I have tried it also with rosemary, which was great- i think caramelized onion and rosemary have a special thing)

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an autumnal, omnivorous potluck?
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torque wrote:
definitely- when i make it i almost never can get (or be bothered getting) the cashew creme or tofu or whatever is supposed to go in there. The heavy flavor in there is caramelized onion, the pumpkin, and I put a goodly amount of fresh sage in there. Pretty much any kind of sausage or marinated tempeh would go great with that.
(I have tried it also with rosemary, which was great- i think caramelized onion and rosemary have a special thing)

Ohhhh, yeah. And you saying 'tempeh' made me think of how good those tempeh sausage crumbles (from VwaV) would be in that casserole.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an autumnal, omnivorous potluck?
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i would add apple sage field roast to the pumpkin dish! :) falllllll comfort!

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an autumnal, omnivorous potluck?
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Fee wrote:
Oh but another suggestion - the maple mustard string beans and potatoes from VWAV. I make it every year for thanksgiving and every year my family devours it and won't shut up about it. The flavors are so different it doesn't step on the toes of other potato or green bean dishes.

I have made that so often for what feels like a decade. It is a sure crowd-pleaser.


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an autumnal, omnivorous potluck?
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oh I am so glad you said that! I am going to a swanky thanksgiving (swanx thanx?) and that will be one of the things to bring. I haven't made it in ages.

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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for an autumnal, omnivorous potluck?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:08 am 
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Thanks people!

I was thinking about making something akin to the pumpkin ziti. I've adapted that recipe to make it more like a Thanksgiving Mac and cheese. I use butternut sometimes instead of pumpkin, dice the onions really fine, add loads of roasted garlic (sometimes instead of the onion), and blend the pumpkin and cashew stuff. Then I top it with something more like stuffing (celery, big cubes of bread) than the original topping. People love it. I like it because it's like Mac and cheese but different enough not to seem fake or derivative.


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