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.
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.
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- Baked Macaroni and Cheese III
- Goat Cheese and Arugula over Penne
- Sesame Pasta Chicken Salad
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- Cowboy Mashed Potatoes
- Au Gratin Potatoes II
- Kentucky Bourbon Sweet Potatoes
- Three Cheese Baked Mashed Potatoes
- Potato Casserole Recipes
Full of Beans
- Jamie’s Cranberry Spinach Salad
- Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing
- Easy Apple Coleslaw
- Ruby Red Layered Salad
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Savory Pies and Tarts