Could I get some suggestions for a tasty and appealing potluck dish to share with people I don't know?

My daughter and I plan to attend an all-day drop-in adoption event/fundraiser for the city dog rescue from which my dog was adopted.

The only *admission cost* (if it could even be considered such) is to bring a potluck (or covered dish) food item to share with those who attend. Everyone contributes, everyone eats.

Suggestions for a dish that could be made a day ahead and then reheated (if necessary) on the day of? Appetizers, salads, and desserts are fine, too. It can be kept hot or cold in transport but will be sitting out for several hours once we reach the event venue.

All suggestions and/or recipes are welcome, and thank you!

11 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, vegetarian lasagna, deviled eggs, fruit pizza, veggie pizza, layered desserts are always the best, lemon pie, strawberry cake, fruit salad with honey drizzle, pigs in blanket, asparagus wrapped in bacon, fruit bowl and dip, vegetable platter with dip, chicken with wings, Macaroni and cheese, brownies, baked chicken or fried chicken, homemade chips with salsa, strawberry salad, chocolate mouse, carrots cooked with honey, corn on the cob, chick pea salad, cobb salad, rainbow cake, my favorite is rainbow bread people always seemed to be amazed with the colors at parties, chocolate cake, blueberry muffins, make your own juices with different flavors, turkey baked, my favorite is mini meatballs you can add smashed potatoes and gravy to the top. People seem to love that their so small and you get enough of them, pasta, shrimp cocktails, homemade breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, a bunch of different kinds of cookies or one kind.

  • 8 months ago

    Go to a wholesale club and buy one of those gigantic containers of potato salad. Then to the dollar store for a big plastic bowl. Take them home, wash the bowl and dump the potato salad in it. Add about a half cup of salad mustard (the hot dog kind) and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight and proudly set it out. When you leave t he event, leave the bowl, but take your spoon home.  Works every time.

  • 8 months ago

    you could make Italian beef or a baked chicken with vegetables or a pot roast. I have made all of these for such dinners. I have also made Buffalo wings from the original recipe but now with air fryers I would make them that way. For covered dishes I have made potato salads and other salads even coleslaw l.

  • denise
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Cheese scones / biscuits.

    Cheese straws.

    Stuffed mushrooms.

    Pasta salad [I make it with pesto, pine nuts, baby spinach, parmesan].

    Quiche, any type [I like goats cheese & diced red bell pepper].

    Sausage rolls / pigs in blankets.

    Mini muffins.

    Fruit salad.

    Cream cheese stuffed date [stoned, of course].

    Rice krispy treats.

    Fruit kebabs & a sweet dip [maybe chocolate or sweetened cream].

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  • 8 months ago

    pasta salads are popular as are fruit salads, cake, old fashioned hot dishes like scalloped potatoes and ham, etc. ALL of which can be made the day before.

  • 8 months ago

    If desserts are good I would make cookies.  I am not one to make cut out cookies but for this I think cookies in the shape of people and dogs as well as the typical dog-bone shape. 

    I would even make some that are dog friendly that people can eat as well.  Lots of recipes on line for them.

     (or so there is no confusion make the people shape cookies for dogs and make the dog and bone shape for people and label them so people know what ones are what)

  • Cara
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    A big dish of crudités and some dips?

  • 8 months ago

    A salad of some sort

  • Anton
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    One I recently found, fairly cheap, dead easy, did it once, will be doing it tomorrow...


        2 pounds pork shoulder

        2 pounds sauerkraut

        large onion, course chopped

        large apple, course chopped

        1/2 cup brown sugar

        1 tbls caraway seeds

        splash of wine


        Heat oven to 325 degrees

        Hot skillet, saute pork, 3 minute / side

        mix everything else in a bowl

        Pork in the Iron Dutch Oven

        dump over everything on top

        in the oven for 4 hours.


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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    1970's spinach squares

    Spaghetti & meatballs

    chili & cornbread

    devilled eggs

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