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What do YOU bring to potlucks?

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On 12/16/2018 at 7:49 AM, KungFuPanda said:

I miss potlucks. They seem to be disappearing or getting so restrictive because of allergies that people give up and bring gf chips and salsa. Most now require you avoid xyz ingredients and list the full ingredients list to label your dish. People get discouraged and buy a dessert that’s labeled. For this reason I try to bring a savory side or main dish to balance the additional sugar. 

 

Our parish eats lunch together, potluck style, after every Sunday Divine Liturgy.  We ran into the allergy/special diets issue and found that some people couldn't stay.  Well, THAT won't do!  So now we have a pot of rice, someone always brings a vegan dish, and someone always brings a salad without croutons or eggs or cheese or nuts on it (they are on the side) and that way almost everyone can have something to eat.  There is one guy who can't have garlic or onions and he has a hard time, and there is another gal who is allergic to almost everything, and so they just bring their own.  But it has made a huge difference for everyone being able to stay.  People put out labels by their food, or just cut off the labels off the boxes of spices or mixes they used.  :0)  I'm one of the allergic people, and it made a difference for me.  

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5 hours ago, Tina said:

A crockpot Spanish rice with hamburger in it.  I've been asked for the recipe several times.

My mom used to make this! I thought she invented it because my dad wanted meat in everything. I never knew anyone else to put hamburger in Spanish rice. 

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The last 2 potlucks I went to I took:

Hawai'ian rolls.

Barbecue wings (air fried then kept warm w/ sauce in crock pot)

The latter was on a day I was feeling more motivated; the former, I had other things to do before going to the potluck and didn't have time to cook.

 

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On 12/16/2018 at 8:49 AM, KungFuPanda said:

I miss potlucks. They seem to be disappearing or getting so restrictive because of allergies that people give up and bring gf chips and salsa. Most now require you avoid xyz ingredients and list the full ingredients list to label your dish. People get discouraged and buy a dessert that’s labeled. For this reason I try to bring a savory side or main dish to balance the additional sugar. 

 

In the crowds I am in that do potlucks, the rule of thumb is to provide the ingredient list for home-cooked foods, and people with special food needs can 1. bring something they know they can eat, 2. stick to things they can read store-bought labels for, or 3. trust the ingredients people wrote down, depending on how serious their limitations are.

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9 hours ago, Kassia said:

 

Add one more to the recipe request total - would you mind sharing?

 

Spanish Rice- I double it to fill my crockpot

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained

1 med onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1  14 ½ oz can tomatoes

1  16 oz can tomato sauce

¾ c water

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ tsp salt

¾ c rice, converted; raw (Uncle Ben’s)

Stir all ingredients together.  Cover and cook on low 7-9 hrs (High for 3 hrs, then switch to low for the remaining time.)

I actually made it with orzo instead of rice once when I was sick. Lol  And I heard the meat made a big difference over the meatless ones.

 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, Tina said:

 

Spanish Rice- I double it to fill my crockpot

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained

1 med onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1  14 ½ oz can tomatoes

1  16 oz can tomato sauce

¾ c water

2 tsp chili powder

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ tsp salt

¾ c rice, converted; raw (Uncle Ben’s)

Stir all ingredients together.  Cover and cook on low 7-9 hrs (High for 3 hrs, then switch to low for the remaining time.)

I actually made it with orzo instead of rice once when I was sick. Lol  And I heard the meat made a big difference over the meatless ones.

 

 

 

 

Did the orzo turn out? I have some but I don't have converted rice and don't really know what that is. Or could I use long grain rice?

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I do potato salad for outdoor/park potlucks. Then marinated mushrooms for indoor or evening potlucks. Usually bring olives with the mushrooms since the mushrooms shrink and don't look like a lot by themselves. 

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On 12/18/2018 at 11:26 AM, Tina said:

A crockpot Spanish rice with hamburger in it.  I've been asked for the recipe several times.

Annnnnd, you’re being asked again! :)Will you please post it? 

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Deviled Eggs...I am not a great cook and it stresses me out, and that's the one dish I never mess up!

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3 hours ago, LVG said:

Deviled Eggs...I am not a great cook and it stresses me out, and that's the one dish I never mess up!

That’s fine! I LOVE deviled eggs and never make them because I don’t make them well and my family don’t like them like I do. ❤️

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On 12/19/2018 at 9:28 AM, AbcdeDooDah said:

Did the orzo turn out? I have some but I don't have converted rice and don't really know what that is. Or could I use long grain rice?

The orzo worked!  I didn't get to taste it, but I didn't hear anyone ask about the switch.  ;)

I think Uncle Ben's rice starts out a bit bigger than long grain rice.  Maybe it will just cook up a little faster??  I would guess it shouldn't matter in a crockpot.  Try it at home with a single batch once!

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I’m not much of a cook.  Ours are often like hot chickens provided but everyone brings salads and a sweet.  Seeing as 3/5 of our fam won’t  eat salad dressing I take a vege stick and dip platter so there’s at least some salad for them.  My go to dessert is meringues with berries but occasionally I do something else.

thats of course the times when it isn’t bought sausage rolls or something ...

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On 12/17/2018 at 9:21 AM, Hoggirl said:

A lot of the potlucks we attend are sort of happy hour parties with appetizers and drinks.  When I am feeling industrious, I make marinated cheese. It’s beautiful, and everyone loves it.  When I am less industrious, I take the Spinach/Artichoke dip from Sam’s. For either I bring along some GF crackers. 

https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/marinated-cheese-appetizer/

 

 

Where has this been all my life???

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On 12/16/2018 at 7:37 AM, Carol in Cal. said:

Once I served Angel Pie to my relatives, that was it--I had to make it every year for Christmas.

I just googled this and, o my goodness, how have I been missing this my whole life. I know what I want for my birthday in January! I've made a similar pavlova but have to try this now 🙂 

On 12/16/2018 at 11:36 AM, Lady Marmalade said:

This time of year were I to make a trifle, it would probably be a Salted Caramel Pineapple Upside Down Trifle.  I use homemade yellow cake, a vanilla pastry cream, caramelized pineapple, a homemade salted caramel drizzle and freshly whipped cream.   Or maybe a Black Forest Trifle- brownies with homemade cherry pie filling, chocolate custard, vanilla whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Toasted pecans if I can take nuts.  One year I made a blackberry lemon trifle using a white chocolate blondie as the base with lemon curd, fresh blackberries and macadamia nuts. 

I have never made a trifle and honestly probably never will but I sure wish you'd come to our next potluck!

On 12/16/2018 at 1:01 PM, Farrar said:

My go to is a dish that's yellow rice, black beans, homemade salsa, and sliced avocado. 

This sounds so good! 

I don't have a usual but have often gotten creative... cheesecake, chili, orange biscuits, baked cheese dip, deviled eggs...  but with life changes have majorly scaled back... last time I brought grapes, haha!

The cucumber salads sound like they are a hit so I think I may try making that next time. 

Love all the ideas!

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