Here's a very good question from reader Ednarb. He writes:
With the holidays approaching, my office has several potlucks scheduled. I love to cook, but never know what to bring! Do you, or your readers, know of a good potluck recipe resource? What are your favorite and most successful (successful = no leftovers to cart home) potluck recipes?? Ednarb, we love potlucks. Really, they are one of the best ways to socialize and get to know other people. When you run out of things to talk about you can always ask about their recipe!
When it comes to potluck recipes it seems that there are a few key criteria. First of all, it should be easy to prepare in large quantities. Secondly, the dish should make for easy serving in a buffet line and easy eating off paper plates. And then, as you point out, it's best if it's attractive and delicious enough so that there aren't any leftovers to take home.
Here are a few dishes that we've found to be pretty well-suited to potlucks. We have one or two for each course.
• Sesame Cabbage Salad - This is an old potluck standby, and still popular.
• Creamy Cheese Potatoes - A classic.
• Meyer Lemon Grain Salad with Asparagus, Almonds, and Goat Cheese - A little fancier, but fresh and attractive.
• Slow-Cooked Pork Roast, Two Ways - Using the Crock-Pot is a big time-saver.
• Pulled-Pork BBQ
• Peanut Butter Oatmeal Monster Cookies
• Lemon and Honey Fruit Salad - This is more of a summer potluck dish, although you could make it with seasonal fruit. Fruit and other fresh things are usually rare on a potluck table, so this goes fast.
OK readers, lay it on. What are your best potluck recipes?
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