Definitely bring your own serving utensils. While it’s
generally safe to assume that your host will be providing forks, spoons
and knives, it’s entirely likely that your average single
twenty-something won’t have the requisite dozen or so
spatulas/tongs/serving spoons that everyone’s dishes will require. If
you’re worried about losing your beloved serving set at the party, you
can always scribble your name in waterproof ink on a small piece of
tape, stuck discreetly on the back of the handle.
Think portable, and road-trip friendly. Don’t
choose anything that’s so elaborately constructed that it won’t be
able to survive the fifteen minute car ride to the host’s house.
Choose something that doesn’t have to remain ice cold or piping hot in
order to be enjoyed, and don’t just assume that you’ll be able to
pop your masterpiece into the oven once you get to the party. Bring a
completed, ready-to-be-feasted-upon dish and you’ll save your hosts an
awful lot of hassle. If you’re absolutely dead-set on showing up with
a culinary concoction that requires last-minute work, make sure to check
with your host ahead of time that they’ll have the requisite
oven/microwave/stovetop space available.
Try to find out how many people will be at the party. If your
host is being vague about the numbers, a 6-8 person portion is generally
a reasonable amount of food to bring.
are easy enough for the neophyte cook to prepare, but still
offer something a little more interesting than those scalloped
potatoes and baked ziti that are the traditional potluck
easy potluck entrees
Sundried Tomatoes, and Basil
with Roasted Veggies
easy potluck side dishes
bean and walnut pate