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Old 09-15-2013, 10:28 AM   #1
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What is your most popular LC main dish thing/recipe to take to a non-LC potluck?

I have two potlucks coming up and I'd like to take something (main dish) amazing and very LC to both of them. Something that non-lcers would love. In my previous life (before LC) I was known for my cooking and I'd like to be able to keep up that image.
I'm hoping to take something that is easy to eat (as in non-messy). I'm also thinking that I don't want to take a casserole unless there is one that is AWESOME.
What are your favorites?
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:56 AM   #2
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My current favorite is DJFoodie's pork enchiladas. The last time I made it EVERYONE asked for the recipe. But because you have to make the tortillas, it takes a lot of time. I also love Linda Sue's Spinach Lasagna. Everyone loves it. Another easier dish is chicken parmesan. I coated the cutlets in 1/2 crushed pork rinds, 1/4 parmesan, and 1/4 almond flour. Served it to high carbers who swore it tasted like bread crumbs.
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Spagetti squash pie is really good and I've made it pizza flavored at my last pot luck.

Herion chicken cassersole.
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My current favorite is DJFoodie's pork enchiladas. The last time I made it EVERYONE asked for the recipe. But because you have to make the tortillas, it takes a lot of time. I also love Linda Sue's Spinach Lasagna. Everyone loves it. Another easier dish is chicken parmesan. I coated the cutlets in 1/2 crushed pork rinds, 1/4 parmesan, and 1/4 almond flour. Served it to high carbers who swore it tasted like bread crumbs.
Thanks for the suggestions! I've looked at DJ's recipe before but wasn't sure it was worth the work. I'm glad to see it's a favorite of yours. The potlucks are on work days, so I'd have to make this on a week night, but I'm thinking if I decide to try this one, I could make the crepes one night and the pork another, and then put the whole thing together the night before (Thursday night).
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Spagetti squash pie is really good and I've made it pizza flavored at my last pot luck.

Herion chicken cassersole.
Thanks, Rosethorns!
I haven't been able to find the heroin chicken casserole. I've made the heroin wings before, but not the casserole. Could you point me in the right direction?
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Thanks, Rosethorns!
I haven't been able to find the heroin chicken casserole. I've made the heroin wings before, but not the casserole. Could you point me in the right direction?
I'll try to remember it.

Herion chicken Cassserole

4 chicken breast or 6 thighs ( then crisp up skins & julienne them )
1 c. parmesean cheese
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp. oregano
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 butter ( melted )

Put your melted butter to the side. Mix the cheese and spices together really well. Dip the chicken in butter then roll into the cheese & spices.
Arrange in a casserole dish , if you have anything left pour on top of chicken. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes. I used breast so I could slice on the slant for pretty presentation on a platter. You get more portions this way.I'm pretty sure that's how I remember it.

When done sprinkle the crispy skins on top.

If you like it zippy you can add some hot sauce to the butter.
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Dottie's Burger Scramble Florentine is a favorite at my church's potlucks.
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LindaSue's Broccoli Salad with Bacon...I add 1/2 to 1 cup of walnut pieces...I use white balsamic for the vinegar. Very easy and very good.
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For me, definitely Kevinpa's Spaghetti Squash Pie x2 usually. I made it for a party and people wanted the recipe. I was asked/told to make it the next time, which I did. These were not LC people.
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LindaSue's Hamburger Broccoli Alfredo Casserole always goes over very well. Sometimes I bring some rice to set next to it for those that might want it, but it is fine just the way it is. I have substituted the hamburger with a couple cans of canned chicken in a pinch, but I think chicken chunks are a bit better. If making it with chicken, I like to substitute zucchini for the broccoli, and add some jalapeños. Yum!
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stuffed jalapeno poppers...they are an appetizer but eveylast one get eaten every time I make them...low carb pumpkin bake is good too as it is something sweet...you can google recipes for both.
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Herion chicken Cassserole
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Dottie's Burger Scramble Florentine is a favorite at my church's potlucks.
Thanks! I'm really hoping to make something other than a casserole for the potlucks, but I'm going to check this out to make for dinner one night.
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LindaSue's Broccoli Salad with Bacon...I add 1/2 to 1 cup of walnut pieces...I use white balsamic for the vinegar. Very easy and very good.
Thank you! I'm hoping for a main dish, but this looks good! It looks very similar to a recipe I used to take to potlucks before going low carb.
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For me, definitely Kevinpa's Spaghetti Squash Pie x2 usually. I made it for a party and people wanted the recipe. I was asked/told to make it the next time, which I did. These were not LC people.
Thanks, Terry! I'll look for the recipe.
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LindaSue's Hamburger Broccoli Alfredo Casserole always goes over very well. Sometimes I bring some rice to set next to it for those that might want it, but it is fine just the way it is. I have substituted the hamburger with a couple cans of canned chicken in a pinch, but I think chicken chunks are a bit better. If making it with chicken, I like to substitute zucchini for the broccoli, and add some jalapeños. Yum!
Thanks! This looks like another one I'll have to try for dinner one night. I like the chicken idea.
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stuffed jalapeno poppers...they are an appetizer but eveylast one get eaten every time I make them...low carb pumpkin bake is good too as it is something sweet...you can google recipes for both.
Thanks! It's funny that you mention pumpkin bake. Last year, I took the Healthy Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake and it was a hit. But, I need a main dish this time.
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This is my family's favorite main dish. Really yummy.

Meatballs in Mushroom Sauce

1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash - Table Blend
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped pork rinds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together the egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Mrs. Dash. Add the ground beef and onion, then the pork rinds. Form into small balls and place on a rack in a baking pan. Cover with foil and bake 1 hour.

While meatballs are baking, make the sauce.

Mushroom Sauce

1 clove garlic, minced or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 very small onion, finely chopped
4 tablespoons butter
6 to 8 oz. fresh or 1 can mushrooms; undrained, chopped in processor
1 cup water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 oz. cream cheese, sliced

In a skillet, sauté the garlic and onion in butter until translucent. Add the mushrooms, water, nutmeg, pepper and bouillon. Bring to a boil, stir in the cream and cream cheese, stirring until melted and thickened.

Place the meatballs in the sauce, stir gently to coat.
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Thanks, Terry! I'll look for the recipe.

Here it is:

Spaghetti Squash Pie
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This recipe is awesome.

Squashes are out up here in WA. Check them out. Out here they are $.59 a lb.
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Wow, that does look amazing!!
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This recipe is awesome.

Squashes are out up here in WA. Check them out. Out here they are $.59 a lb.
I've had to avoid spaghetti squash as it has too many carbs for me. But, I'm very tempted to try this recipe.
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Cheesecakes. People never have any clue they're low-carb! Also, baked potato salad made with cauliflower. Cauliflower noodle lasagna. That one's a massive hit, too. When all else fails, take the veggie or the meat/cheese tray so you know there's at least something there that you like.
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I've got a potluck right after church this Sunday.
I'd like to take a hot main dish, but timing and oven space in the kitchen may be an issue, so I'm thinking of making meatballs on Saturday, refrigerating them and then dumping them in the crockpot on low in the church kitchen before I go to Sunday school and hoping they are hot by the time church is out.

Has anyone tried Dana Carpender's Colombo Meatballs in Jerk Sauce?
I don't have time to test drive them and I hate trying out a new recipe on a potluck . . . .
but, if it's something I don't like, at least there should be fewer leftovers because I'm trying it out on a crowd.

What would you do?

My other option is cut up raw veggies and dip or a cold, main dish salad like Linda Sue's Cauliflower Salad with Ham or an Antipasto Salad with salami.
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Cheesecakes. People never have any clue they're low-carb! Also, baked potato salad made with cauliflower. Cauliflower noodle lasagna. That one's a massive hit, too. When all else fails, take the veggie or the meat/cheese tray so you know there's at least something there that you like.
Thanks! I have taken cheesecakes in the past (it's one of my favorites to take) but I need a main dish this time. I guess that cheesecake could be a main dish, though, right?

I've also done the cauli potato salad. I'll have to look for the cauli noodle lasagna. Is that one of your recipes? I probably have it if it is.

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YUM! I've done this one with the same group of people, too. But, thanks for the reminder 'cause I LOVE it.
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I've got a potluck right after church this Sunday.
I'd like to take a hot main dish, but timing and oven space in the kitchen may be an issue, so I'm thinking of making meatballs on Saturday, refrigerating them and then dumping them in the crockpot on low in the church kitchen before I go to Sunday school and hoping they are hot by the time church is out.

Has anyone tried Dana Carpender's Colombo Meatballs in Jerk Sauce?
I don't have time to test drive them and I hate trying out a new recipe on a potluck . . . .
but, if it's something I don't like, at least there should be fewer leftovers because I'm trying it out on a crowd.

What would you do?
I have done exactly what you're thinking of doing for potlucks. I cook the meatballs ahead of time and then throw them in the crockpot with the sauce. My only challenge was that one time I put the meatballs in the fridge overnight and then in the crockpot the next morning. They weren't heated through by the time the potluck started.
I haven't made the D Carpender recipe (I'll have to go look for it), but I have made the Buffalo Balls from I Breathe I'm Hungry and they were a huge hit. She actually has quite a few meatball recipes that look good.
I oftentimes use a new recipe on guests or at potlucks without trying it out first. Most of the time, it works out just fine. I try to make sure that there are enough "real people" recommendations for it and not just the person who created the recipe. The Buffalo Balls were one that I just tried out at a potluck. I've since taken them to several other events.
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I've had to avoid spaghetti squash as it has too many carbs for me. But, I'm very tempted to try this recipe.
Rose what do you mean . It has 5 carbs for a 1 cup serving. Am I wrong?
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Rose what do you mean . It has 5 carbs for a 1 cup serving. Am I wrong?
The nutritiondata site says 8 net carbs/cup. This whole pie has about 55 carbs (stated down in the thread) so depending on how you cut it....? If it's cut in 6 pieces, it's about 9 carbs for a very hefty serving. 8 pieces would be just under 7 NC each.

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