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Nov 28, 2011 02:45 PM

Potluck Ideas that don't Suck?

Hey CHers,

My friend and I have been invited to a potluck. Which is basically a euphemism for a cornucopia of guacamole, hummus, and salsa. Anyone got any original ideas for something to make? Don't want to do any prep once there, except maybe stick something in the oven. But even that can be tricky.

Anyways. Thoughts??

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  1. Here's my favorite thing to bring to a potluck. I always get a lot of compliments on it and requests for the recipe.

    Funny story ... I went googling for this recipe and found this. I don't know who Hillsmom is and have never heard of "Taste of Home", but I'm the person who wrote this recipe originally (I recognize my own verbiage) and posted it who-knows-where, where it was apparently seen by Hillsmom. Small world! So weird to see my own version of this recipe posted by someone else on a strange site!

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      That is interesting.... Taste of Home is a major magazine with over 3.5 million subscribers (according to Wikipedia). The magazine has been around since 1993.

      1. re: Titus0327

        Sorry, I've never heard of it. So shoot me.

        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          I admire the fact that you haven't heard of it. While a few good recipes can occasionally be found at TOH, it is in general very substandard.

        2. re: Titus0327

          It was posted on the Community page by a reader/subscriber not by the magazine itself.

          This recipe looks good, I'll have to keep it in mind for next year's holiday party.

          1. re: hamboney

            GHG better watch it, soon people aren't even going to search anymore because she does such a good job compiling lists of threads. :)

            1. re: viperlush

              noooo! if you all get too spoiled i'll have to disappear for another couple of months, and i was just regaining my CH momentum!

              oh, and @hamboney, i've done better ;)

        1. A slow cooker expands your potluck horizon to infinity: curried lamb, barbecued beef, African chicken (in a spicy tomato sauce with a little peanut butter and some peppers), red beans & rice with andouille (Creole sausage), beef cooked in beer with onions and Portobello mushrooms, etc etc. Transport: set pot full of cooked stuff in cardbox in trunk of car in case it sloshes. On arrival, plug in pot to keep contents hot and let people serve themselves direct from the pot.

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          1. re: Querencia

            slow cooker, AKA crockpot, totally a-gree.
            Transport: duct tape lid down (I started doing this after a whole crockpot full of etouffe turned over in our brand new chevy impala (less than 300km on the odometer). Note etouffe is butter-based and I rarely saw mrs. porker so angry, but I digress)
            As for a dish suggestion, I like bringing curry goat. Again, the missus always rolls her eyes, but goat is not only 1. cheap and 2. tasty, but makes for a great conversation piece...

          2. chicken pot pie? shepard's pie of some sort? easy to transport. easy to heat. easy to cut big or small portions.

            1. This recipe for Israeli couscous with apples, dried cranberries, and almonds is one of my new favorites, and every time I've made it people have asked for the recipe.