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What Do You Bring To The Potluck?

Let's pretend that Snapzu is hosting a potluck for all its members and that a grill will be available for the standard American fare of burgers and hot dogs. What do you bring to the table? Something unique? Something cultural? Something that you know will likely please the majority? Categories include:

  1. Beverages, hot or cold.
  2. Appetizers or snacks.
  3. Entrees.
  4. Desserts.

Who will bring the Doritos? Who will make their grandmother's recipe for potato salad?

Myself, I'm bringing the jambalaya with sausage, shrimp, steak, chicken and bay scallops.

4 years ago by spaceghoti with 24 comments

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  • ttubravesrock
    +8

    what time of year is it?

    I do potlucks every week during the summer for my work.

    I try to bring something different every time.

    Pyrohy, tortellini, hash browns, quesadillas, salad, paninis, whatever I feel like making for myself, but instead of making one, I'll make enough for everyone.

  • idlethreat (edited 4 years ago)
    +8

    Want people to keep inviting you to every goddamned potluck and holiday party? Look no further than crafting up a nice Buttermilk Pie. It's basically the pick-up truck of holiday dinners- namely, everyone will be calling you nights and weekends for another taste of its sweet, buttery, custardy goodness.

    Amazingly good warm, even better cold. Works fine without any toppings, or spray on some whipped cream and ignore the calorie counter for the day. Amazing stuff.

    Oh, and easy to make. throw ingredients together, pour into a pie shell. an hour later you have an amazing pie to carpetbomb the family with.

    • Gozzin
      +5

      That does look nice.

      • idlethreat
        +4

        Usually people shy away from anything with the name "buttermilk" in the name. I normally call it a 'custard pie' until delivery and they have a slice ;)

        This post reminds me that it's been a while since I've made one. I think I need to rectify that problem.

  • jcscher
    +7

    I am bringing Deviled Eggs.

    • Gozzin
      +6

      My favorite!!!!

    • spaceghoti
      +5

      I knew there was a reason I like you.

      • jcscher
        +3

        Whoever thought of Deviled eggs was a genius .

        • Gozzin
          +6

          I agree. They are so very good!

        • Saffire
          +4

          Yep. I came here to say deviled eggs but I noticed it was taken so I had to upvote and think of something else.

  • IridescentOak
    +7

    I'll bring the pickled okra and strawberry cheesecake!

  • Saffire
    +6

    I'd bring chicken quesadillas and a fat bag of weed.

  • smithcmau
    +5

    I will feel bad about it, but I am going to bring a cultural treat called Walmart brand turtle brownies, but I am going to take them out of the packaging and place them in either a pan or a nice plate from my house and place plastic wrap over them for effect. I will also bring a nice bottle of scotch, single malt and likely Speyside, for obviously selfish reasons.

  • Gozzin
    +5

    Green bean casserole..I'm lucky if I get a bite. I put a thick layer of slivered almonds on top.

  • Boudicca
    +4

    2 salads:

    Tabouli made with homegrown parsley and mint and lemon

    Watermelon salad with feta, red onion and mint.

    This will go nicely with those large grilled pork pork chops that nanno is bringing

  • OldTallGuy
    +4

    Bacon Cheeseburger Bombs. No, wait ... I can't come so I guess I'll just have to eat them all myself.

  • scowly
    +4

    Mmm... some kind of baked good, maybe the pumpkin chocolate muffins we made last night? Topped with whipped cream of course :) Probably as a dessert.

  • frohawk
    +4

    Napkins.

    And eh, throw in some oven baked rosemary garlic fries. I can afford potatoes and some herbs+ salt.

    And if it's hot some lemon and or limeade. What ever I can steal from my cafeteria at the time.

  • voicesinmyhead
    +4

    My wife makes two amazing dips, both of which are very frequently requested. I don't know the exact recipes for either one, so please forgive the lack of precise details. :)

    The first is a seafood dip. It's basically a layer of blended cream cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream, then seafood sauce, a layer of diced bell peppers, green onions, and imitation crab meat, and then topped with shredded cheese. Normally served cold with a bag of tortilla chips, but we also tried it once with some tortilla wedges that were brushed with oil and baked in the oven just long enough that they started getting crispy. Amazing!

    The second is a pretty simple dessert-style dip - it's mostly just thin layers of sweetened cream cheese, caramel ice cream topping, and toffee bits. Served cool with tart granny smith apple slices. A comparable recipe would be this one. Seriously, this one is very addictive! As soon as the plate is on the table, everyone tries to elbow their way in to get some.

    My own go-to is usually meatballs. I make a mean meatball mix with ground beef, ground pork, ground sausage, a few spices, an egg or two, and a surprisingly-effective alternative to bread crumbs - ground-up goldfish crackers. I don't know what it is about those crackers, but they turn an ordinary meatball into something truly amazing. Works great for homemade burgers too!

    Damn, and now I'm hungry. I guess it's meatballs for dinner tomorrow, plus leftovers for lunch for the following few days... :)

  • TannedGiant
    +4

    Oreos. Every single time. No one ever complains!