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  1. kellio
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    What's your favorite item to make and bring to a potluck?

    Today I'm making Swedish meatballs. From Ikea:D
     
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    Brisket!
     
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    Recipe? I've never made brisket before.

    I also have a Cinco De Mayo potluck coming up and need some ideas.
     
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    I generally do a sausagemeat plait (basically a giant sausage roll). That generally goes down really well, especially with the kids.
     
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    I hate potlucks, unless they are themed. My last potluck was with a bunch of food bloggers and writers - theme was noodles and it was great. Next one is rhubarb and that should be more challenging. I think swedish meatballs would be mighty tasty in a rhubarb sauce.
     
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    I braise the brisket for a long time, and I love to use beer as my braising liquid, although the one I made a couple of weeks ago came out good without beer. From what I can remember, here's what I did:

    I had 3 briskets that were each around 2.75 lbs, and I prepared them overnight, with black pepper and an herb (tarragon?), and some red wine vinegar, orange zest and orange juice rubbed in. I also cut up a dried chipotle pepper and dotted the meat with it. Since I was using kosher brisket, I didn't salt it, which was a good thing because it turned out to be a little salty when it was done. Kosher meat is a real crapshoot in that regard.

    The next day, I seared the meat in olive oil until it was well browned on both sides and set it aside. Into the pan, I threw some onions and cooked those on medium so as not to brown them too quickly, and to allow them to deglaze the pan. I lightly salted those to help draw some liquid out and to prevent them from becoming too crispy.
    When they were pretty translucent, and becoming golden, I threw in a bottle of red wine and deglazed the rest of the pan. I then returned the brisket to the pan, covered it, and cooked it in a 300 degree oven for about 4 hours. It probably needed a little extra time because I was doing 2 at once. The third was cooked in a covered dutch oven on low heat for the same amount of time.

    When it was done, it completely fell apart, very stringy. The meat was smoky and a bit spicy from the chipotle. Pretty yummy, and great as leftovers (I used some of it to create a Daniel Boulud-esque burger stuffed with brisket!). I'm sure I forgot a couple of ingredients, like herbs or garlic, but those are to taste anyway.
     
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    ya think!??:D

    For avg Joe potlucks, I make Italian Beef & have the buns, giardiniera, roasted peppers to go along with. It's a Chicago thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_beef

    For 'gourmet' potlucks, I'll usually make duck tacos (shredded duck meat served on flour tortillas) served with variety of toppings, sauces
     
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    I love rhubarb! We always had it growing in the back yard as a kid.

    The meatballs and rhubarb sauce sounds like a great idea.
     
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    meatballs are always a popular item and one I enjoy. Lately I've noticed a number of folks serving their meatballs in a sauce made with grape jelly, I did a quick search online, there seem to be a lot of different suggestions for this sauce.
     
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    I have to admit I do like the lingonberry sauce from Ikea as well.

    I've had the grape jelly and chili sauce recipe before and it was surprisingly good.
     
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    (bolding mine) that is the key word IMO also:D

    So how did your potluck turnout? Any excellent or unique items served?
     
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    If I'm ambitious, I make fresh spring rolls. If I'm being lazy, I make a Moroccan orange and radish salad. If I'm asked to bring dessert, I do chocolate rum cheesecake.
     
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    I have a great spring roll recipe but it is a lot of work.

    Nothing at the potlock really stood out for me. 95% of my team is Indian and I'm not a fan of Indian food. Their wives do the cooking for them. 4 of the single guys did get together and make a nice lemon rice.

    The rice krispy bars were good though;)
     
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    I like mackrel with a rhubarb sauce.
     
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    I'm not sure that would go over too well at a potluck! :eek:

    Back on track - I like animal protein, and it's got to take reheating and
    recooling possibly several times without going bad in either health or
    taste departments; it has to be eatable while standing or in some
    uncomfortable position, with cheap plastic utensils.

    For me (not that I've been to a potluck in some time), beef stew,
    chili, hung shao tipon hacked into bits.

    But the last thing I brought was actually trifle made with lots of
    booze.
     
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    The last potluck I made something for I made Snickerdoodles which everyone seems to think are some amazing surprise in the desert portion of things.

    Also, i guess people think it odd that the metal head with long hair actually makes cookies from scratch.
     
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    I used the Swedish Meatball recipe from Ikea last Christmas- just don't go overboard on the lingonberry sauce - sometimes too much is, well...too much.
     
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    If I'm ambitious I go to the grocery store and purchase something pre-made. If I'm being lazy, I use the phone...
     
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    Jello salad :D
     
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    My last potluck had a pistachio jello salad w/marshmallows:cool:
     
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    I've got one next week to plan for - theme is "Southwestern" and the entree is set (king ranch chicken casserole). It looks like the dessert slots are already full (otherwise I'd do chipotle brownies or such) so i need to decide on either an appetizer or side. It's a work lunchtime thing - so it has to be something that holds well for several hours which takes a lot of things out of contention. I'm thinking either a salad/slaw in a spicy vein or a good appetizer.
     
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    How about a black bean, corn and tortilla salad?
     
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    seriously? recipe plz.
     
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    Off topic, but what is new? I made rhubarb marshmallows!
     
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    Sorry but need to bump this back up. We have yet another potluck next Friday.
    I'm already makinga caprese salad but need something for a main dish. Any new ideas? No theme to this potluck.
     
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