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Office Potluck

What's a good crockpot recipe for an office potluck?


*EDIT* This needs to be something that can cook in 4 hours or less. (I'm bringing the crock to work at 8am for lunch at noon.)

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posthaste
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)
this is going to sound really lame but i've always had great success with a bag of frozen meatballs cooked overnight in the crockpot with a jar of BBQ sauce poured on top and mixed in. i never fail to bring home an empty crockpot.
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
No such thing as a lame suggestion! Although I actually need to edit this question... I need a recipe that will cook in 4 hours or less. (I'm bringing the crock to work at 8am for lunch at 12pm)

Thanks SO much for jumping in to help, though!
posthaste
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
well in that case...i made a crockpot full of meatballs and little smokies last weekend to have at my daughter's birthday party. i just thawed the meatballs overnight in the fridge and then the next morning threw everything into the crockpot on high for a couple of hours :)
mutter_may_i
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I make frozen meatballs for my toddler boys all the time. I put them (frozen) in the crock and cover with jarred pasta sauce. Heat on low for just 2 to 3 hours and they are thawed and heated through -- that should work for your office party.
aimeegomeow
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Putting the crock on high for just 1-2 hours will cook those meatballs. I did the same for an impromptu NYE party.
giglet
Mar. 15th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
Laughing -- this is exactly what I was going to suggest!

Meatballs, BBQ sauce, and maybe some finger rolls to put them on.
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whistlebinky
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
I was going to say li'l smokies too... I think there's some recipe for sauce that uses chili sauce and grape jelly that's supposed to be quite good.

Here it is!

I bet if you put the smokies on high for an hour and then let it sit on low for the remaining time, they'd come out just fine. And it'd be even better if your crockpot has a warm setting, for when the stuff is actually being served.
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I've read that before, I think. I must confess, the grape jelly idea kinda scares me. But, I'll try anything once!
mop_top417
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
You really can't taste the grape jelly, it just gives it a really delicious and original taste!
aimeegomeow
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
It really is good! I was scared of the grape jelly before I had my friend's wife's meatballs with grape jelly sauce. OMG good.
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
Fear NOT the Smuckers, they say!

I'm totally confused about what to make, with so many good suggestions. I am leaning toward an entree type dish, though. But, I'm SO glad I asked this question, because I've been looking for some great recipes to throw in my crockpot!

I can't believe the response rate here... Thanks!
bellasmommy
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
Cheesy sausage dip!!!

- 1 roll of ground sausage, cooked
- 1 large package of velveeta, cubed
- 1 can of tomatoes with green chiles
- whatever spices you want, i like cumin, a little cayenne pepper, and onion powder

Put it in your crockpot overnight on low. :)

Serve with tortilla chips!!!
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Gawd, that sounds yummy... I'll have to try it when I have more time! :-)
bellasmommy
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
It's seriously AMAZING. Great for parties of a sport or office nature. Men love it.
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
And low-cal too! :-)
bellasmommy
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Whoops, saw your edit!

You can put it on high at 8am and it'll be ready at noon. :)
caristy
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
Reuben dip!
Reuben dip

1 cup sauerkraut, drained
8 oz. cream cheese
6 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
6 oz. diced corned beef
2 tbsp. Thousand Island Dressing

Serve with crackers or rye bread.
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Reuben dip!
That sounds interesting... My arteries are in protest already. Can you please tell me what corned beef is? I've seen it; I've eaten it. I just don't know *what* it is?

How do you *corn* beef?
sumobabe
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Reuben dip!
The corn in corned beef refers to a type of salt used when preparing the meat; the large salt grains reminded folks of corn, hence the name corned beef. Corned beef refers to a style of preparation rather than a specific cut, though a fibrous roast that will stand up to the preparation and long cooking process is typically used.
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Reuben dip!
Thank you! I once worked with a bunch of folks from New York, and they looked at me like I was a moron when I told them I'd never tried corned beef before. The look was enough to make me not want to ask what it was.

:-)
aellwynde
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Reuben dip!
Mmmmm... jumping in to snag this one. Reubens are easily my favorite sandwich. This one sounds like much fun.
caristy
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Reuben dip!
It's my Mom's favorite thing to bring to parties - it always goes fast!
aliki
Mar. 14th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Swedish meatballs
hammaboo
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Crock pot chocolate cake.

I can get the recipe when I get home tonight if you want it. It makes the whole office smell awesome! Just have to make sure the lid gets left on it while it cooks.
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Please! Please! I'd love to have the recipe... My potluck is tomorrow, but I'd love to have it anyway!

P.S. I am in love with your icon.
hammaboo
Mar. 15th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Stupid lj kept eating my replys last night - sorry!

Decadent Chocolate Delight

Ingredients:
* 1 pkg chocolate cake mix
* 1 C sour cream
* 1 C chocolate chips
* 1 C water
* 4 eggs
* 3/4 C vegetable oil
* 1 pkg (4-serving size) instant chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
* Vanilla ice cream

Grease inside of slow cooker. Combine cake mix, sour cream, chips, water, eggs, oil and pudding and pie filling mix in slow cooker; mix well. Cover; cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours or on HIGH 3 to 4 hours. Serve hot/warm with vanilla ice cream.
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deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
YUM...
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deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm glad you shared... I'm totally taking notes, either for this party or another one! I want to get some use out of this crock!
aellwynde
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Red beans and rice? If you precook or buy canned beans, and use precooked rice, it would easily be good in four hours. You could just toss the rice in at the appointed time to warm it.
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... Pre-cooked rice. This could possibly work for another idea I had.

Thanks!
aellwynde
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
Sure! I'd love to know what you decide on. (never hurts to have ideas stock piled...) :)
deemystified
Mar. 14th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
I had an idea that I may still go with, because of the crowd. I'm torn between a few now, though!

:-) I'll update and let you know what I end up making!
aellwynde
Mar. 14th, 2006 10:04 pm (UTC)
Have fun. :)
lfs
Mar. 14th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
We do these lunches all the time at work and can only use crockpots. We've had hotdogs, corned beef and cabbage (I might have started this a little early), soups (always a big hit this time of year in chilly PA), chili, kiebasa, roast beef, turkey (both sliced), meatballs, jambalaya, beans and rice ...

I could keep going. We just put it on high and it seems to cook just fine. Nothing starts out frozen, though.

Those slow cooker liners are wonderful for office cooking like this, FYI.
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