How PCC Deli recipes are born (FOOD PHOTOS!)

Earlier this month, I walked into a PCC Deli fan's wonderland: an event the Deli staff dubbed The Hot Bar Throwdown.

Wall to wall food in the Issaquah PCC classroom. There's even more out of view in the back of the room.

Turns out, PCC Deli leaders convene throughout the year to tweak old recipes and brainstorm new ones that could be well-recieved at all stores. Last year, a meeting just like this one resulted in the delicious and creative new sandwiches we hear you've been enjoying.

This time around, they sought to add new items to the rotating selection at each hot bar, taste-testing more than 40 dishes, including: Quinoa Vegetable Stew (View Ridge Deli), Dijon Potato and Sausage Stew (Edmonds Deli), Chipotle Salmon Cakes (Fremont Deli), Roasted Mango Date Chicken (Kirkland Deli), Red Pepper Sweet Potato Pudding (Seward Park Deli), Thai Curry Pepper Pot (West Seattle Deli), Beef in Tomatillo Sauce (Issaquah Deli) and Chicken Hominy Stew (Greenlake Deli).

Let me tell you: the results were smashing.


21st Century Stir-fry, packed with flavorful sprouted mung beans, germinated brown rice, veggies and seaweed. Wonderful. Made by Leon, the Deli Merchandiser. "I find the texture irresistable," he said. "I've been eating mung beans for two days straight!"

View Ridge PCC brought a new pizza combo that's been a hit with their shoppers: spinach, mushroom and Gorgonzola. Yum!

Steve from the Redmond PCC Deli sautees onions to which he added arugula, spinach and Bragg's liquid aminos for a tasty greens dish.

The result: fresh, healthy and good.

Golden quinoa topped with spicy stewed vegetables (right) made a delightful vegan dish (from Diana, then of View Ridge PCC Deli, now of Issaquah).

From the Edmonds PCC Deli: Vegetable Pipian Enchiladas, vegetarian with yams and beans. Sooo good.

From the Greenlake PCC Deli: Sweet & Sour Pork and Beef Stroganoff (rich and hearty).

So many flavors prompted lots of discussion: How'd you get this sauce? Which spice did you use? Which cut of salmon worked best?

This smelled amazing. From the Redmond PCC Deli.

These new recipes will gradually appear in each PCC Deli in the coming months. Lucky us! 

Did you know? Many of our PCC Deli recipes are available to you in our Recipe Database. Check them out and get cooking!

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Extraordinary Food and Stellar Creativity!

I am so proud of the consistently extraordinary food that our delis provide! I know so many customers who plan their days around a trip to PCC for (literally) a culinary adventure from our vast array of excellent and truly wholesome dishes. It's doggone hard work to offer so many choices made from scratch with the best ingredients. I tip my hat to you all, from coordinators to every employee in front of and behind the scenes!

Thanks so much for this article, Karen. I love to see the creative talented people that stand behind these amazing creations ever expanding their repertoire (not to mention camaraderie) with events such as this. Way to go PCC delis!

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