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Nov 14, 2006 03:01 AM

What do i make for pot luck

I have to go to a big pot luck dinner soon, and i was wondering what to make. usually everyone makes the same boring thing, and there are at least 2 or 3 of the same dish, what are some ideas for an unusual and interesting dish that will transport and kepp well for a couple hours?

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  1. I first try and decide who the eating audience is going to be.

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    1. re: monku

      audience is very diverse, various cultures, some young kids, some other chowhounds and some fussy eaters..more than a few who don't really care. basicly all people from all walks of life...

    2. I know where you're coming from. Not an easy decision.

      Give this website a try. Maybe it will give you a good idea.

      1. What course are you supposed to be bringing?

        And tell us what keeps re-surfacing... so that we can think of things that are completely different from what your pot lucks usually involve :)

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        1. re: Adrienne

          i am supposed to bring a main dish, something hot, and usually, everyone brings stews and swedish meatballs, and chilis

          1. re: RiJaAr

            Well- this is a "lowbrow" dish, but the kids ( and I'll bet a lot of the adults, too) will love it.

            Bag frozen Ore Ida hash browns
            Stick melted butter
            can cream of chicken ( or mushroom, or whatever) soup
            minced onion
            16 oz sour cream
            16 - 24 oz shredded sharp cheddar

            Mix all of the above together, and top with cruched corn flakes. To make it a full meal, add diced ham and cooked broccoli. Bake at 350 for about an hour.

            I know it sounds awful, but it is really easy, and can feed and please a crowd.

            1. re: macca

              actually it kinda makes me hungry

              1. re: RiJaAr

                I was surprised the first time I had it- got the recipe from relatives in the Mid West- and the kids love it. And it is so easy to tailor to your own tastes. We have family vacations every few years, and there are 20+ plus to feed three times a day-Usually we end up making two batches- one of cheesy potatoes only, and one with meat and vegatables.

        2. --Chili, either beef/redbean/tomato chili or green chile/turkey/tomatillo chili
          --chicken & sausage jambalaya (or shrimp & sausage)
          --a simple ham & potato gratin (layer parboiled, sliced red potatoes with good thin sliced ham, grated gruyere, a little cream w/crushed garlic, white pepper, & nutmeg, broil until cheese browns, zap in micro for a couple minutes to reheat at serving time)
          --cheese fondue with assorted dippers (if you're bringing the appetizer course, not really feasible for a main course for a whole bunch of people)

          1. A super-terrific mac and cheese.