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What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Black
Date: March 16, 2015 05:01PM
Just looking for ideas. Seems like most folks have their one thing they always bring. What's yours?




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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 16, 2015 05:09PM
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Robert M
Date: March 16, 2015 05:10PM
Black,

Lumpy cornbread. Sometimes I add maple syrup. Other times I add honey. Other times some crushed red pepper. Sometimes bacon. Everyone loves it no matter how I modify the recipe.

Robert
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: rgG
Date: March 16, 2015 05:11PM
Deviled eggs





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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: March 16, 2015 05:17PM
Drinks.

I like easy.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: testcase
Date: March 16, 2015 05:17PM
Something you can eat if you have to take leftovers home. I do beef stew. Two or three cans of Dinty Moore, one can each of kernel corn, green beans and peas. Also add a little onion powder and a bit of Tabasco sauce. Heat, mix and serve. Always goes over well and, I don't mind eating any leftovers.



Baked beans with wieners is a good second choice.



Bringing a tub of ice cream for dessert has worked very well also.



PS: Drain most / all of the water off from the canned veggies before adding to stew.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 16, 2015 05:23PM
Depends on the Pot-Luck... (we do one every month at work for lunch).
I do "breads" a lot... Beer bread, banana bread, etc.
Corn Bread.
Barley Cream Soup.
Deviled eggs are always good...

A Crock-Pot is often a good way to go.
Cabbage with sausage and honey mustard (and now I've lost that recipe, so it may just be a fond memory now *sigh*).

Pies are good...
I made a honey-oatmeal-molasses pie (texture wise, very much like a pecan pie, only with oats instead of pecans) a couple months ago.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: March 16, 2015 05:24PM
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Deviled eggs

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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: March 16, 2015 05:36PM
A dish of lasagna -- always gets eaten, is easy and cheap to make. (1 pound ground meat, 1 small container ricotta (though I've used cottage cheese and no one seemed to notice), a bag of shredded mozzarella, oregano, and spaghetti sauce). Put some extra source in a bowl on the side.

That's a potluck recipe.. the home recipe is quite a bit better.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: josntme
Date: March 16, 2015 05:40PM
Potato chips. (*<>*)
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: March 16, 2015 05:42PM
> Put some extra source in a bowl on the side.

Is that secret source? smiley12



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Beam Me Up Scotty
Date: March 16, 2015 05:47PM
Dessert. It's a no-brainer...

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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 16, 2015 05:47PM
first time I brought fried pork brains (yes, I found these in a Supermarket, raw, I fried them). I used to eat these as a delicacy back home. I didn't know virtually no one eats these in the US. When one guy tasted one and said he liked it and asked what it was, and we told him, he threw up. sorry, I had no idea...

anyway, I never cooked pork brains since, but now that I think of it, I should give it another try. they are delicious, I tell you, fried properly, delicious!
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 16, 2015 05:51PM
I remember you relating that story before... :-)
I don't doubt you... but sadly, there are some food "preferences" that are ingrained in us culturally early, and they're not likely to change...
Don't think I could bring myself to take that first bite!

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space-time
first time I brought fried pork brains (yes, I found these in a Supermarket, raw, I fried them). I used to eat these as a delicacy back home. I didn't know virtually no one eats these in the US. When one guy tasted one and said he liked it and asked what it was, and we told him, he threw up. sorry, I had no idea...

anyway, I never cooked pork brains since, but now that I think of it, I should give it another try. they are delicious, I tell you, fried properly, delicious!



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: March 16, 2015 05:51PM
Scalloped potatoes, usually. Or a chocolate silk pie.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: March 16, 2015 06:13PM
Ye olde meatballs......the ones with Heinz Chili sauce and a can of cranberry sauce.....This one:

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I use frozen meatballs (cocktail size, not the big ones). It's a super easy recipe, and most everyone likes them. Keep in mind some people don't eat pork, so you might use turkey meatballs, etc.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: March 16, 2015 06:19PM
I bring the luck and leave the pot for someone else to bring.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: The UnDoug
Date: March 16, 2015 06:20PM




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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 16, 2015 06:23PM
home made hummus and fresh baked bread from my bread machine.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: IronMac
Date: March 16, 2015 06:24PM
6 pack of Ben & Jerry's.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: March 16, 2015 06:25PM
Super Nachos - refried beans, green chilies, cheddar cheese, and taco sauce in a glass 9x14 baking dish. Bake, top with guacamole and sour cream. Serve with tortilla chips to dip with.

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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: dmann
Date: March 16, 2015 06:35PM
I mix it up depending on the potluck. Some favorites:
Bruschetta and toasted Italian bread rounds
Caprese skewers
Turkey chili in a crockpot
Pizza Pinwheels
Baked brie
Cold pasta salad
Asian style coleslaw
Lemon bars
Cannoli dip with cinnamon sugar pita chips


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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Black
Date: March 16, 2015 06:36PM
OK, most of you are invited.




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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: March 16, 2015 06:58PM
a good motivational speaker.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Jack D.
Date: March 16, 2015 07:00PM
Corn chowda. 12 ears of sweet corn de-kerneled, 1 lb of hickory smoked bacon, potatoes, onion, milk and half and half. Buttah, lots of buttah.

Willinghams Wham! seasoned chicken wings. These are flucking great on the grill! OK, just because you asked, I spent 5 days at a barbeque festival next to John Willinghams booth. I was the T-shirt vendor for the event and I think I spent my whole take on his wings and ribs! I couldn't get enough and kept trading event shirts for wings.

Sloppy Joes. Most people haven't had these since they were in high school. Big hit!



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: josntme
Date: March 16, 2015 07:05PM
Reading some of these posts is why I don't do potluck dinners. One never knows what it is or how clean the area in which it was prepared. I just refuse these invites. smiley-signs006
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 16, 2015 07:08PM
Norovirus
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: wurm
Date: March 16, 2015 07:09PM
Over the years we've brought:

• Chili (turkey)
• lasagna
• German potato salad
• chilled mango soup
• sausage and cheese on toast. Not very attractive, but they always get chowed down quickly and the last time my wife considered not making them, we were almost un-invited. She made them.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: space-time
Date: March 16, 2015 07:26PM
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Paul F.
I remember you relating that story before... :-)
I don't doubt you... but sadly, there are some food "preferences" that are ingrained in us culturally early, and they're not likely to change...
Don't think I could bring myself to take that first bite!

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space-time
first time I brought fried pork brains (yes, I found these in a Supermarket, raw, I fried them). I used to eat these as a delicacy back home. I didn't know virtually no one eats these in the US. When one guy tasted one and said he liked it and asked what it was, and we told him, he threw up. sorry, I had no idea...

anyway, I never cooked pork brains since, but now that I think of it, I should give it another try. they are delicious, I tell you, fried properly, delicious!

if you think about it, it is just another type of tissue. In some cultures they eat the heart, eyes, tongue, testicle of the animal, they don't waste anything. here in US we eat mostly the "good" stuff (those nice stakes) and don't even think about consuming the other organs.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: bruceko
Date: March 16, 2015 07:36PM
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josntme
Reading some of these posts is why I don't do potluck dinners. One never knows what it is or how clean the area in which it was prepared. I just refuse these invites. smiley-signs006
I will only go to a pot luck if it is close friends that I know can cook well.
I bring Caesar Salad.
Used to go to church potlucks but some of the food was very gross, Chicken casserole that had a whole randomly chopped up chicken little fragments of rib bones. Eventually I went but refused to eat.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: March 16, 2015 07:37PM
Depends on who else will be there, and the location of party.
If my wife and I host, we have the advantage of our own oven and back yard grill.
My wife has some wonderful sauce recipes for italian items like spaghetti, lasagna or home made pizza.
I will man the grill, for burgers, dogs, wings, chicken breasts, etc.
If we go somewhere else, transportability kicks in. Could be lasagna, or other casserole style item.
Taking the other guests tastes in to account is important also.

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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 16, 2015 07:42PM
Tortilla chips.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: DP
Date: March 16, 2015 08:30PM
Crave Case from White Castle. Seriously.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: March 16, 2015 09:44PM
Bruschetta. Always a hit.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 16, 2015 10:20PM
Spinach puffs. I never take any home.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 17, 2015 01:02AM
Lots of things depending on what's needed, stuffed rigatoni shells, 7 layer dip, small ham, overnight roma tomato and garlic spagetti (it's best right out of the pan, but the garlic flavor mellows a little overnight), pie depending on what fruit is cheap at the store, fruit salad...



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 17, 2015 02:46AM
Sodas and potato salad.

NObody every has potato salad at these things.

It's always macaroni salad.

And I *hate* macaroni salad.






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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: March 17, 2015 05:30AM
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Black,

Lumpy cornbread. Sometimes I add maple syrup. Other times I add honey. Other times some crushed red pepper. Sometimes bacon. Everyone loves it no matter how I modify the recipe.

Robert

Recipe? I love corn bread and would make some if the recipe is very easy.

Usually store bought is too sweet for my taste.

My breakfast every morning is two and 3/4 eggs (Precious get the 1/4) and a single slice of some kind of tasty bread. I top it off with a latte and an orange. I never get tired of this because I switch up the kind of bread, which I usually top with a smear of cream cheese.

Irish soda bread is another favorite, but hard to find a good version that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

My baking days are pretty much over, but I think that cornbread might be easy enough to make. And I do have a big cast iron skillet.

TIA for a basic recipe!



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: March 17, 2015 06:29AM
Hmm...

No mention of quiche yet.

Interesting.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: vicrock
Date: March 17, 2015 07:15AM
I have two "go to" dishes.

A cole slaw made with a light sauce using a package of ramen noodles to add crunch and the flavor pack in the sauce.

A citrus pound cake.

Each is well received and I've never brought home leftovers!
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: March 17, 2015 09:20AM
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A cole slaw made with a light sauce using a package of ramen noodles to add crunch and the flavor pack in the sauce.

Interesting. Any recipe or basic directions?

Trying to get the kids to like cole slaw like salads. Iceberg lettuce is completely worthless from a nutrition standpoint.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: dmann
Date: March 17, 2015 09:40AM
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I have two "go to" dishes.

A cole slaw made with a light sauce using a package of ramen noodles to add crunch and the flavor pack in the sauce.

A citrus pound cake.

Each is well received and I've never brought home leftovers!

Sounds like the Asian coleslaw I do as well. Something along these lines?
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: March 17, 2015 11:13AM
Me appetite, what Steve G. said to heal results of me appetite. Some good answers here!

Hey, space, man, y'all eat pork brains in, where was it, Romania! I grew up eating brains and eggs in Georgia (that'd be the USA state, not the one across the lake). It's good! I'd eat ye fried brains, bring'em on! Course, I love things like raw squid, raw octopus, etc. too. Americans won't eat squid unless ye glorify it by calling it Italian calamari.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Black
Date: March 17, 2015 11:41AM
I think I'm gonna learn to make some kind of fancy corn bread. Easy to transport (on a bike or bus), easy to heat up a bit at the destination. I'm sick of all my current kicks.




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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 17, 2015 12:20PM
Cole slaw and cornbread, that's a meal in itself. Yum!

A citrus pound cake for desert?

I might not have room for a 'burger or hot dog! And baked beans.


One time, at band camp, a girl brought a big, deep aluminum tray/dish of little cubed chunks of beef, with a bone in each piece.

It seemed like too much beef to be ribs chopped small. I would have thought this something I might find at Costco, along with the giant tins of lasagna, but no. Any idea what this was?






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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 17, 2015 03:32PM
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Black
I think I'm gonna learn to make some kind of fancy corn bread. Easy to transport (on a bike or bus), easy to heat up a bit at the destination. I'm sick of all my current kicks.

The addition of cheddar cheese and diced fresh jalapenos fancy up corn bread pretty good. Just a suggestion.



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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: March 18, 2015 12:02AM
No offense to testcase, but I'd prefer fried pork brains to Dinty More stew.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: March 18, 2015 12:14AM
If there's kids, and I can get starfruit, I take strawberries, bananas, kiwi, maybe marshmallow, and thread them onto a wooden skewer, top with the starfruit, so it's like a magic wand.

I bake breads, so I often make a festive loaf or some buttery rolls. In the summer I like to make a corn salad but omg it takes so many fresh ears of corn. I'll add maybe some blanched red bell pepper, maybe some Anaheim or poblano, squash, baby spinach, feta, toss it in a champagne vinaigrette.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: testcase
Date: March 20, 2015 03:18PM
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No offense to testcase, but I'd prefer fried pork brains to Dinty More stew.


No offense taken. As I said, I bring something that I don't mind eating should there be leftovers. I'd agree that straight out of the can, Dinty Moore Beef Stew can be a yawn. That's why the addition of seasonings and extra veggies. The DMBS also happens to be Gluten Free (at least the canned version is) and, in addition to being Gluten Intolerant myself, I'm meeting more and more people who are either Gluten Intolerant or, folks who simply want to avoid wheat.
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Re: What do you bring to potlucks?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 11, 2016 08:00PM
....heard the quality of Dinty Moore beef stew has gone downhill......Walmart Great Value beef stew is pretty good and cheaper.......Aldi may have there beef stew also....



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