Post # 1
What would you bring?
My BFs friend has invited us to a potluck Thanksgiving brunch/lunch and I’m trying to figure out what to bring. Most of the attendees are foodies or at least quite good cooks. I can manage in the kitchen but I’m definitely not “at their level”, so I need recipe suggestions!
Post # 3
Hi @carolinabelle: Seeing as you said you can “manage” in the Kitche… but aren’t necessarily a Foodie … and knowing that when it comes to Pot Lucks & Thanksgiving that most people are going to sign up to bring the standard fare… Buns – Salad – Potatoe Casserole – Dessert… I’d probably offer to bring the Soup Course.
Soup is a thing that is relatively easy to make no matter what your skill level in the Kitchen… and there is nothing nicer than a bowl of soup before a Fall or Winter Meal.
Hope this helps,
Post # 4
@carolinabelle: Buy shredded brussels sprouts, and sautee them with a bit of butter, honey, and either pecans or slivered almonds. They’re done when they’re wilty looking and fragrant. It’s super simple, and a way that most people don’t do brussels sprouts. Also, in my experience, pot luck Thanksgivings never have enough vegetables!
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
And now I know how to make yorkshire pudding, which is delicious!
Post # 6
I would bring sqaush rolls personally. If you’re not the best in the kitchen bread from scratch is probably not a great idea. I like This Time Round’s suggestion a nice seasonal squash soup would be good and not real difficult.
Post # 7
@This Time Round: +1
@carolinabelle: I agree. Bring some very easy to make side that everyone will appreciate (like a soup or salad) OR fill in the gaps with easy to procure rolls, cheese and meat platter, wine, pies, etc.
@peachacid: OMG, I’m totally going to try your Bsprouts recipe. I’ve never seen shredded Bsprouts in the market but I do have a mandolin so I guess I can do it myself.
Post # 8
@LilRhodyGem: They have them at Wegman’s and at Giant around here…depends on the supermarket, obviously, but it’s SO MUCH EASIER to buy them precut. Cutting them takes FOREVER.
Post # 9
mmmm… food. Here are some ideas
A cranberry almond pilaf- you can serve it warm or cold so it’s ideal for potlucks
Sweet potato and chive biscuits
Maple butternut squash risotto with bacon
Fall salad (spinach beets and goat cheese with maple balsamic dressing)
You could also bring an appertizer like a wheel of brie baked with brown sugar, pecans and maple
Post # 10
@peachacid: Oooooh Wegman’s. I grew up around those in upstate NY and now my closest is 1.5 hours north in MA. Saaaaaad. … I’ll look at our Stop & Shop which is the same as Giant. If Giant has them, I must not be looking hard enough. 🙂
Post # 11
I went to dinner party recently and the host made bacon, brown sugar brussel sprouts. I usually don’t like brussel sprouts but these are amazing!!! I’m planning to make them myself soon – http://spoonful.com/recipes/brown-sugar-glazed-brussels-sprouts-bacon
For potlucks, I usually bring some kind of cheese (typically queso fresco) with quince jam and a sliced baguette…it’s amazing together. I also make a really good sweet potato pie so I’ll bring that if dessert isn’t already covered.
Post # 12
a fun type of finger food/appetizer would be bacon wrapped dates stuffed with smoked almonds. sooo good!
or if any people in your party are vegetarians there are some yummy things on this site:
Post # 13
Ladies, soooo many yummy sounding Recipes here !!
To @peachacid: Another Ooooh and Aaaaah for the Brussels Sprouts… have never seen “shredded” ones here either, but hey, I can either do this by hand, or throw them in the food processor for a few secs.
To @snd485: Oh my gosh yes… I’ve had this style of Brussels Sprouts in a recent. Yummy indeed.
To @futuremrs1986: All of those sound fab. I’ve had a version of the Fall Salad before, but the rest are new to me… definitely going to try to find Recipes for them.
OP… Here is another idea… you could make / bring a jazzed up version of Cranberry Sauce… it is super easy to make from scratch. I’ve done one in the past that took maybe 10 minutes to make… a good item to bring if you want to impress, but don’t want have a lot of time to fuss.
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I am making deer poppers (appetizer) and chocolate bourbon pecan pie (dessert). The pecan pie is really easy to make and everyone is always impressed. I wouldn’t worry too much about people being foodies because Thanksgiving is about comfort food you grew up with.
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie – http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Bourbon-Pecan-Pie/
The shredded brussel sprouts rec above sounds interesting. here’s a well reviewed receipe I found for it. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Shredded-Brussels-Sprouts/
Post # 15
@carolinabelle: If you want a little bit of a spin on a traditional Thanksgiving dish, I would do green bean casserole from All Recipes. Fast, easy, and delicious! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grandmas-green-bean-casserole/
Otherwise, I would do soup or some appetizers like caprese salad on a stick, which is just a cherry tomato, basil leaf, and small ball of mozzerella cheese (which you can buy already packed in the balsamic vinegarette sauce or you can make your own). It’s a hit every time.
Post # 16
My go to is Broccoli Salad. Easy to make, beautiful bright colors, and can be prepared the night before and mixed with the dressing the day of. Paula Deen’s recipe is my favorite.