Be The Key Ingredient At Your Next Potluck

We're not the only fans of the potluck! The New York Times releases the winners of their pot luck competition today, on the Diner's Journal Blog.

Planning Is Key For Potluck Dinners

Potluck dinners can be highly stressful—after all, you don’t want to bring the dish that no one touches…or be one of four people who brings baked ziti. And a bag of chips with a jar of salsa is just lame. Be creative! Bring the dish that gets devoured first. And keep it a secret that your creation was quick, easy and cheap to produce. Here’s how to shine at pot luck dinners:

Prepare For Easy Serving

In a perfect world, your potluck dish would be ready to serve upon arrival. It is bad form to ask to use a knife and cutting board to chop cilantro before you roll your famous summer rolls. Transport your creation in a disposable container that doubles as a serving vessel, like a plastic food storage container, or a receptacle with your name taped onto the bottom- in case you leave before your dish is fully consumed. Finally, get a sense of the host’s oven situation if your dish requires reheating.

Vegetarian Entrees Are Always Welcomed

I’m an advocate of grain salads at pot lucks. They are ideal because it’s easy to stretch a recipe from four to 40, they don’t need heating, they look beautiful, and they can be oh-so-healthy for you. Combine a whole grain and some beans to create a whole protein if you’re feeding a vegetarian crowd. The possibilities are endless. Try faro, pecan, and sweet potato salad with blue cheese vinaigrette, and you’ll forget meat exists.

Distinguish Yourself With Dessert

Wow the crowd with chocolate ganache. This chocolaty delight is easy to make, and at room temperature, is ideal for dipping. A pint container of ganache along with pretzels, strawberries, marshmallows, or dried apricots will bring out the kid in just about everyone attending.

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Tell us in the comments: What is your favorite potluck dish?

  • Marnie

    Good point about the vegetarian options always being welcome– I know some vegetarians who actually make a fuss if they can’t eat anything. Then again, I know others who don’t.

  • Anonymous

    Deborah I wish I had your skills! What is your favorite potuck dish? Readers what are your go-tos? Anyone care to share a recipe?nCheers,nCaroline WaxlernLearnVest’s Chief Content and Community Officer

    • Casey

      I’m always a dessert girl. In the fall, I really like to make Pumpkin Harvest cookies. Here’s a link to the recipe:n

  • Cakester

    I have a relative who always brings store-bought bakery goods…I wish she’d bring one of your recipes instead!

  • Casey

    My sorority has potlucks all the time! I’m definitely going to try out some of these recipes the next time we have one. Thanks, Debbie!