(Closed) Potluck ideas

posted 4 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
46421 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Olive27:  If you want to try to balance out the meal, you could ask your husband to post a signup list at work. People don’t have to specify what the are bringing- just what course. When they see the list in front of them, people tend to fill in the blanks themselves.

The contributions you are planning sound perfect. Doing the pork in a slow cooker allows you to just set it out and forget it.

If you think others might also bring slow cookers, or anything else that needs to be plugged in, make sure you have an extra power bar available, if you don’t have enough electrical outlets.

Sometimes I like to do a soup for a potluck. Rarely does anyone else think of it and it can be served in small cups or mugs.



Post # 4
201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I love doing a chicken salad or big sub sandwhiches

Post # 5
5883 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Olive27:  I make a Mexican Layer Dip or what is called Men’s Dip on AllRecipes. I needed a gluten-free, dairy-free dip to bring to a party. Men’s Dip fit the bill and it was a hit. It’s got some unusual ingrediant combinations, but they end up tasting great together–I describe it as a sweet-hot spagetti sauce. But so yummy with Fritos.

Post # 6
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I would do something of substance like a roast. That’s what I generally assume the host of a potluck is supplying.

Post # 7
6531 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Olive27:  pigs in a blanket

Sour cream and onion dip (i make it with the lipton onion mix) and then i put together my own veggie platter





Cookies of any kind

My new favorite dessert to make is crescent rolls filled with nutella and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar


Post # 8
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Olive27:  I’d send him to work with a list so you have a basic idea.  They don’t have to put down specific dishes, just write down catagories the can choose like appetizer, salad, sides, entree, dessert.  That will help make sure everyone brings something different.

Post # 9
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Olive27:  If its mostly guys that will be coming I would focus on ‘man’ food.  So wings, mini burgers, sausage balls, pigs n a blanket, chili, stew, sausage cheese dip stuff…etc.  If they are bringing their wives/GFs then go for a salad, or fruit or more dips.  We have had a lot of get togethers with friends and I have noticed the guys will go for the meat stuff rather than the salad and dips. 

Post # 10
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have made salsa (pico de gallo) for pot lucks to casseroles…I found that many people go for the easy way out and buy dessert at the store, so I would make a casserole, maybe lasagna, enchiladas, something hardy….


Post # 11
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Olive27:  that will be perfect. I always expect the host to make a “main” course since they have full access to their kitchen. Usually a big crockpot chuck roast for tacos is my go to. Everyone will bring side dishes or dessert. I also like to have whatever food goes with it prepared too. So mashed potatoes if I do a roast, or taco fixings if we go that route. It’s also nice to make a corresponding vegetable dish too since people usually don’t thing healthy stuff. So maybe a salad or slaw for the sandwiches. 

Post # 12
1783 posts
Buzzing bee

A big crockpot of chili, or cocktail franks with a chili/bbq sauce.  Chicken wings, pot stickers.  Carmel corn, potato salad, pasta salad….


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ETA:  Baked potatoes with a variety of toppings…


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