Potluck Ideas

Taking food to a party? Before you hit the road, find out which dishes are best to bring along.

Prepping for the Trip
Before you start cooking, find a container for your dish. Consider how it needs to be padded, heated, cooled, or otherwise altered in order to arrive safely:

  • Wrap the dish so it is solidly set into the container. Use plastic wrap and aluminum foil generously to ensure the dish is airtight.
  • Consider freezing the dish in advance and baking it at your destination.
  • Label the dish with your name, the name of the dish, and serving directions.
  • Bring a serving utensil and any condiments you want to serve with the dish. Label these items with your name.
  • Secure the dish in the car so it can handle the ride, especially if the dish is hidden from sight in a cooler or a heat bag.
Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Photo by abapplez

Perfect To-Go Potluck Dishes
Spare yourself unnecessary hassles. These types of side dishes make the best travelers:

  • Dishes that need no reheating
  • Pre-baked casseroles held together with cheese or eggs
  • Slow-cooked dishes
  • Salads with separate dressing to be mixed in just before serving
  • Pasta salads
  • Savory pies and tarts
  • Dishes frozen ahead of time to be defrosted and/or baked at the destination

Tip: Before choosing a dish to bring, ask the host what she needs to fill out the spread. Also, find out whether or not there will be space in the oven, stove, or refrigerator.

Potluck Recipes

Crowd-Pleasing Pasta

Baked Ziti IV

Photo by Rae

Cozy Potatoes

Cowboy Mashed Potatoes

Photo by Seattle2Sydney

Full of Beans

Three Bean Salad I

Photo by Caroline C

Hearty Grains

Quinoa and Black Beans

Photo by Dianne

 

Crunchy Salads

Jamie's Cranberry Spinach Salad

Photo by Dianne

Savory Pies and Tarts

Chicken Pot Pie IX

Photo by Susan Murphy

Fruit Pies

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie

Photo by notyouraveragegranny