(Closed) What is your Go-To Potluck/Party Dish?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The crockpot meatballs are always a hit at work.  Its a bag of frozen meatballs, a bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce, and a jar of grape jelly.  Sounds gross.  Tastes great.  They are always gone when I bring them to work!

Post # 17
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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FutureDrAtkins:  Mine is a baked macaroni and cheese with chunks of ham, topped with bread crumbs. It is seriously my favorite guilty pleasure and it’s been a hit everywhere I’ve brought it!

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I also do really nice cheese boards sometimes.

Post # 19
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Cold quinoa salad. I make it in the rice cooker and then let it chill. Add veggies, bleu or feta cheese, and Neuman’s balsamic vinegarette dressing. Saly and pepper to taste. People are obsessed And it’s so easy. Another good one is cold asparagus salad. Blanch the asparagus and do a dijon vinegarette dressing. Add sesame seeds on top. 

Post # 20
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Mrs.Sawyertobe:  my old manager used to bring the crock pot meatballs and OMG, yum!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee

Baked mac and cheese is always a hit at parties.  Doesn’t really matter what the recipe is, everyone loves mac and cheese.

But for sweets, this is my new favorite thing: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/12/crispy-peppermint-bark/.  Easiest peppermint bark I have ever made, and it tastes amazing.  I have no shame in using it outside of the holidays.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Kale and Cabbage Salad is my healthy go-to option for potlucks. I make this once per week for our family. 

1/2 head each of red cabbage and nappa cabbage, finely chopped

3-4 stems of celery, finely chopped

3 carrots grated

6 stems of kale (I like to use 3-4 stems of 2 different kinds of kale), finely chopped

1.5 cups dried cranberries

3/4 cup dry seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, or a combo)

dump all ingredients into a large bowl and toss with your favorite vinegarette. Or for a homemade option: use the juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 cup honey, 1/4 cup each rice wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, and balsamic vinegar, a splash of muscat. combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake for 1 minute or untill the honey is incorporated. Pour over salad and toss well. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours then serve cold. It’s delicious! 

I also dump 4-5 chicken breasts in a crock pot, add 1 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, a splash of vinegar and a drizzle of maple syrup.  Cook on high for 4 hours, pull apart the chicken, serve warm with Hawaiian Rolls. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Cheesy pineapple casserole! Sounds gross but it’s HEAVEN.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

For a cookout I usually do a pasta salad or layered salad (using ham and salami instead of bacon so I don’t have to turn the oven on if I don’t have to) layered in a trifle dish. The last sweet I made for a cookout was a rootbeer float cake and it was gone pretty fast. 

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