Help! I Need to Bring an Appetizer for Preschool Potluck. Any Ideas?
Welcome to “Ask Kitchn,” where our editors put their heads together and answer reader questions. While we can’t answer every email, we thought it would be fun to let you into our team chat a couple of times a month. Want to ask us something? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, Kitchn team!
We have a potluck at the preschool coming up and we’re responsible for bringing an appetizer. I’m thinking about making gougères, but another mom made something similar for another potluck, so I need a backup plan. Any ideas?
Arie: Meghan …
Meghan: Because I’m basically a preschool potluck expert at this point, right?
Arie: I would say so! This question feels so tricky to me, a non-mom, because there’s so much to consider. Do you want something fun? Something healthy? Something allergy-friendly? Something that’s just super easy?
Christine: Pinwheel sandwiches! Btw, I have a pet peeve when kid/toddler food involves skewers … actually dangerous for those kids who don’t know how to eat off of them!
Arie: See, I would have never thought of that.
Meghan: Personally for events where lots of families bring things to share, I don’t stress about making things that are healthy, because there’s almost always a vegetable tray for the kids to eat a few obligatory carrots off of! That said, a good fruit salad is always a hit!
Arie: When I was a kid I remember some parent bringing balled watermelon (is that the right term?). Like they balled all the watermelon and then stuffed it BACK in the watermelon. It was so epic.
Christine: Oh man, if I had the time/energy, sushi is ALWAYS a hit. Kids nowadays are so spoiled! I never ate sushi as a kid, but every kid loves cucumber or avocado rolls.
Meghan: Oh yeah, like even a basic vegetable roll!
Christine: Although I swear they just want to dip it in soy sauce .
Meghan: Plus they look so pretty.
Christine: Oh! And we made Meghan’s falafel last night — those would be good. We dipped them in plain yogurt and hummus.
Arie: Grace, Lisa, Lauren (both of you), Sheela — I know none of you are moms, but do you have any other ideas to add?
Lisa: Mini pizza bagel bites! I also always have pigs in a blanket when our friends come over with their kids.
Sheela: I know Christine said no skewers, but if you want to make an exception, I love the idea of no-cook caprese skewers. You could drizzle them with a little pesto.
Arie: Well, these are all super cute ideas. Thanks, guys! Hope that helps, Shana.
Do you have any suggestions? Scream ’em out in the comments!