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Old 02-22-2010, 06:16 AM
 
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I always make my own dishes from scratch too, nothing pre-made, and nothing "semi-homemade". I like to bring some kind of potato or veggie dish, as potlucks around here usually have far too many pasta dishes. A few weeks ago I brought a broccoli and cheese casserole, that went over so well I didn't get a single bite. Sometimes I'll bring an appetizer or dessert as well. It all depends on the potluck, I've learned that a lot of my friends tend to bring the same dishes each party, so I plan around that. My pan fried onion dip always has people asking for the recipe, as well as my chocolate-dark chocolate chip cookies. That recipe I came up with on my own, and always conveniently "forget" to get back to people with the recipe.
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Old 02-22-2010, 12:15 PM
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I usually end up bringing the warm and savory dish - entree - most of the time when there's a potluck around here everyone brings dessert/cookies/cakes/pies (don't even get me started about the folks who pick up a grocery-store pastry - the least they could do is go to a decent bakery if they don't want to invest the time to prepare something from scratch). Everybody loves the estofado de pollo with a side of rice that i have brought to potlucks. I've never had any leftovers as long as it was a savory dish instead of sweets.

Meatballs in a crockpot, pigs in blankets, puff pastry bites, basically nibble food is great for a potluck and makes serving it a breeze.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:19 PM
 
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I usually bring a cold pasta salad.
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Old 02-22-2010, 08:27 PM
 
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I love potlucks. Over the years I've taken many things but my most requested items are probably squash casserole, macaroni salad, deviled eggs and sweet potato casserole.

There's nothing I don't like at potlucks -- everything's good! I also don't care if it's store bought or not. The fun to me is getting together. Sometimes the deli items people bring are ones that I never buy and it's great to try them.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:24 AM
 
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I am happy to see, and am likely to bring, a big bowl of cut up melon and berries, etc. In a sea of gloppy casseroles, it's like moisture in the desert.
Also, deviled eggs, homemade potato salad, chinese cole slaw.
I admit I love that gloppy cheese potato casserole made with hash browns, though.
Here's the elephant in the room for me...it depends upon who is in the group bringing food to the pot luck. Unless I know they have a clean kitchen, I'm careful of what I eat.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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I usually end up bringing the warm and savory dish - entree - most of the time when there's a potluck around here everyone brings dessert/cookies/cakes/pies (don't even get me started about the folks who pick up a grocery-store pastry - the least they could do is go to a decent bakery if they don't want to invest the time to prepare something from scratch). Everybody loves the estofado de pollo with a side of rice that i have brought to potlucks. I've never had any leftovers as long as it was a savory dish instead of sweets.

Meatballs in a crockpot, pigs in blankets, puff pastry bites, basically nibble food is great for a potluck and makes serving it a breeze.
I know, right? Nothing says "I don't give a s**t about you" more than grocery store cookies.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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Main dish - Spaghetti Pie or lasagna
Appetizer - Corned beef, pickle and cream cheese roll-ups
Side dish - cheesecake with a pound cake & jello crust, topped with strawberries

I always get a request for one of those and so rarely get to bring anything else. Once I brought tuna fish finger sandwiches and those went over REALLY big. But then again, I also slapped ham and american cheese on white bread, smooshed them and cut them up with mini cookie cutters and was declared "the best chef EVER" by all the kids!

And I have NEVER had leftovers to bring home.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:55 AM
 
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If I bring dessert it is usually white chocolate cheesecake.
Oven fried hot wings
potato salad or corn salad
beer bread
In winter and fall I usually bring a crockpot of homemade chile (mine is very spicey)
In the spring or summer I will prepare a tray of fruit that is in season with a dipping sauce, or a cobb salad
I love pot luck because I get to try the receipes of other people.

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Old 02-23-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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Here's the elephant in the room for me...it depends upon who is in the group bringing food to the pot luck. Unless I know they have a clean kitchen, I'm careful of what I eat.
I feel that! This past Christmas, we got homemade cookies from someone. I've seen this woman's hands. I can only imagine what her countertops are like. My husband ate the cookies. Me? I didn't even smell them. I love cookies, but not THAT much.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:43 PM
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I feel that! This past Christmas, we got homemade cookies from someone. I've seen this woman's hands. I can only imagine what her countertops are like. My husband ate the cookies. Me? I didn't even smell them. I love cookies, but not THAT much.
Ditto for me! We had an older lady here in the office (she's retired now, thankfully) who brought homemade cookies to work for the department. Little did anyone know, I had previously observed her exiting the ladies room after she finished her business and didn't bother to stop to run the water in the faucet to wash her hands before she went back to her desk.
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