Easy potluck recipes that travel well?
Sorry for being so vague....could be main dishes, sides, desserts, appies. I'll be driving about an hour or so, I do have a cooler. No problem putting things together once I get there (wkend house party at the Cape). I'd love fresh, seasonal (tomatoes, corn, blueberries?) simple dishes. Any tried & trues?
Deviled eggs - transport the filling in a piping bag (or ziploc bag, snipping off a corner to pipe) and finish on site.
Three (or 5 or 7...) Bean Salad,
Pinwheels - spread lavash bread with diced fresh vegetables mixed with ranch dressing and cream cheese, add cold cuts or not, roll up and slice half-inch thick.
Slice up zuke, summer squash, eggplant, mushrooms and marinate in olive oil, balsamic, rosemary and garlic - they will be ready to grill anytime over the weekend. You could also make a large batch of gazpacho - the longer you wait to eat it, the more the flavors will meld. Bake and take either a pound cake or angel food cake, serve with fresh berries and whipped cream (the real stuff). Pasta salads and coleslaw also travel well. Goodhealthgourmet's black bean dip is always a hit - always.
Black Bean Dip
Napa Cabbage Slaw
Items like tabbouleh and hummus are great for make-ahead and work really well at room-temp.
If you have access to a skillet/stove while you're there, one of my favorite summer dishes is a log of cold goat cheese, smashed onto a platter then covered with about 1/2-cup of hot garlic oil (2-3 crushed garlic cloves fried in an excellent olive oil 'til just starting to turn golden, then the contents of the skillet get poured over the cold cheese - makes a neat sizzling sound, too). Great for smearing on crusty fresh bread and it requires only 3 ingredients and about 90 seconds on the stove.
Deviled eggs sound great to me, too!
Bruschetta. Use seasonal tomatoes to make the topping in advance. Toast the bread and assemble when you arrive.