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French Potluck- Ideas needed
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:09:17 AM »
So I"m finally able to make it to a gathering of women that hold a dinner with a featured country theme once a month. This month's is France.

I need something that is easy to transport and will stay fresh for a long time. Most of my French recipes need to be eaten right away. Cassoulette is not an option because, well I just don't have the time.

Any ideas?

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2011, 10:12:26 AM »
Tarte Tatin?

Something which can be reheated, such as Coq au Vin?

Quiche Lorraine?
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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 10:19:53 AM »
I'd go with either a plate of good baguette and cheeses, or search the Net for a French salad or desset recipe (I just ran Google, and am now starving from the yummy ideas).  Or do you have to bring an entree?

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 10:20:20 AM »
French bread? French fires?

OK, how about a purchased paté with a baguette? Or a cheese & fruit for afters?

A quiche can be made ahead & served at room temperature.

A tart for dessert.

Coq au Vin or other French stews can be made ahead & reheated.

Julia Child has a "cold buffet" section in Mastering I. Among other things, she suggests aspics or mouses (which can be a lot of work), French potato salad and ratatouille, which can be served at room temperature

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 11:08:54 AM »
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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2011, 01:20:32 PM »
How about bouillabaisse?  Its something that is much better a day or two after you make it.  The classic recipe uses seafood, but I usually use chicken.  My kids don't like seafood. 

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2011, 01:38:50 PM »
Ratatouille - http://www.easy-french-food.com/ratatouille-recipe.html.  It's easy to make and can be served at room temperature, if necessary.  It's also fun to say. 
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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2011, 01:48:35 PM »
I found this one on food.com - it sounds sooooo good!  Boeuf En Daube - French Beef Burgundy in the Crock Pot http://www.food.com/recipe/boeuf-en-daube-french-beef-burgundy-in-the-crock-pot-176183

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 04:56:18 PM »
If you want to do more of a main type dish I might go for quiche lorriane, as its good at any temperature. If you're looking for an appetizer baguette with an assortment of french cheeses (and meats maybe) would work. There are a ton of desserts that would fit the bill as well.

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2011, 07:12:08 PM »
Make a Breton far. I bet no one else will bring one. It's ten minutes prep and some baking.
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/recipes/far-breton-529786.html

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2011, 08:38:17 PM »
How about taking Cream of Asparagus soup?  You can use an ice chest to keep it hot and then take small plastic coffee cups to serve it in.  Epicurious.com has a nice and quick version on their website.

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2011, 09:57:40 PM »
How about Potage Aux Lentilles Et Aux Lard?

I'd never heard of it until I found this recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/potage-aux-lentilles-et-aux-lard-lentil-bacon-and-tomato-soup-248085 It was highlighted during a "French food" week. I'm glad I found it—it's delicious!

I imagine it could last quite a while in the crock pot after it is cooked. I know it freezes well.
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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2011, 10:19:12 PM »
So many fabulous ideas. Now I just have to narrow it down.

But keep them coming, it's a month away.

What about boeuf bourganian? That I can make the day before and reheat.

I've always really wanted to try it. I did get DF the Julia Child's original cookbook. Haven't tried anything yet.

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Re: French Potluck- Ideas needed
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2011, 10:28:16 PM »
I made an easy crockpot version of boeuf bourg that was stellar.

However, Venus193 has what sounds like it might be the mother of all boeuf bourg recipes. (I think it's in the Recipe Requests folder.)
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