Often, these fetes involve bringing something to share -- some winning appetizer or decadent dessert.
My bet is that most of us have a few tasty tidbits that we fall back on again and again (and again); something that’s easy and good, and that won’t break the bank.
So, what is it you bring when asked to contribute to a backyard barbecue, fish fry, or wienie roast?
Do you have a tried and true potluck standby?
I can’t really say I have a tried and true standby, but I do tend to go through phases. My last phase was to bring Trader Joe’s mini crab cakes with a homemade pepper dipping sauce everywhere I went. It was easy, and yummy, and relatively cheap. And I didn’t feel too bad for buying the crab cakes already made because
I halfway discovered a new offering the last time I had people over. It's a super easy pasta salad, which I liked well enough the first time I made it, but that I now know how to vastly improve. It will involved substituting the parmesan with feta and adding lots of pine nuts. I know you want to try it.
I'll bring it, I promise. All I need is an invitation.
Good one, Beth! I'm sorry to beat Ellie to this response; but the one and only tried and true, sure as gold, big-winnah bet that anyone can bring to a gathering, ever is goop.
I am forever seeking a good dish to bring to a pot luck, but that's partially due to the fact that I am cursed with the inability to show up empty handed to any class of gathering of peeps.
I do like to go with the flow if there is one, embracing the theme of the event or occasion with a complimentary dish.
But when the cards are down and you're pressed to show up with a crowd pleasing entree, my new go-to dish is none other than a good old fashioned ham. Cover your ears, mom, because in this household, those are known by no other moniker than a Goddamn Ham. You sometimes get one free at Ralphs around Easter, you sometimes crave one when you pass by a Honeybaked, but I promise you that with the minor exception of Jews and vegetarians, everybody loves a Goddamn Ham. And it will go nicely with Beth's pasta salad.
Jacquie you rat. Goop has been my go-dish for years and years and years. I got bored by it and stopped bringing it for a while but then I got tired of showing up at parties and watching everyone's face drop when they saw me without it, so I started bringing it again. My specific goop-claim-to-fame? I can make it in the car. On the way to the party.
But since you're already bringing the goop, Jacquie -- harumph -- and the goddamn ham, I'll bring my next go-to-option: a cheese and crack and olives and hummus and carrots platter. Because the peeps love the cheese and crack and olives and hummus and carrots.
And Beth, like you I always have the fixin's for pasta salad in my larder this time of year, including artichoke hearts, pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and black beans. I can whip it up in an instant once I get that phone call . . .
Wow! Someone needs to invite us to a party!