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What Are Your Favorite Go To Dishes For Potlucks?

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I'm wanting some ideas, because it seems that I often get into a rut and bring boring personal food for potlucks. When I say "food for potlucks," I mean personal food to eat while others are eating off a buffet. So if you have potlucks that you go to, what interesting things do you come up with to bring for yourself?

 

I have a 4 cup size glass dish with a snap down lip that is great for portable foods. So pretty much I can make something up at home, then pop it in the microwave at potluck location and sit and eat my safe food while I visit with people. 

 

I was thinking about getting a 2nd glass dish for carrying a salad and maybe bringing a packet of salad dressing. 

 

Anyway, so if you belong to a church that does potlucks regularly or have other buffet occasions, what stuff do you bring for yourself?

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If you put the salad dressing in the bottom, then the salad on top...... It keeps the salad from getting wilty. When you want to eat, you turn it upside down for a few minutes ...then shake.

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I saute mushrooms in lots of butter. Then I fry up some bacon really crisp. Make white rice and dump the mushrooms and butter into it. Crumble the bacon into it.

 

Save back the bacon grease and mash up some cooked pinto beans into it and fry them.

 

Then get some anaheim chiles. If you can get fresh, burn the skins off of them by pressing them in a dry skillet on a high heat. When the skins turn black (which they will quickly), peel them off. Cut slits into the chiles and remove most of the seed pod. Slip some extra sharp white cheddar into the peppers.( If you can't find fresh peppers canned will do but they're mushy and hard to work with.) Now, roll the peppers in egg and gluten-free flour of your choice and fry them in about an inch of oil until the coating browns nicely.

 

It's a lot of work and dirties up the kitchen, but SO good.

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I'll buy a rotisserie chicken or make fried chicken, both of which are perfectly fine cold or warm. I made cucumber salad for the last one I went to, although that was a gluten-free one that I didn't have to take all my own food. Still, it's something I would take a single serving of. I like marshmallow salad for dessert, my grammy makes it with cream cheese, pineapple and marshmallows and it's great for taking out a single serving and leaving the rest home for snacking on. Pulled pork and rolls are good too, although I don't usually like to take things that need to be warm. Anything you like in a spring roll wrapper is great. They're super portable all rolled up and you can put almost anything imaginable in them. Sandwich stuff, salads, traditional fillings, whatever suits your mood that day. I pretty much do whatever I'm in the mood for that seems even mildly portable at the time. I'm weird like that. But the rotisserie chicken is for sure my standard go-to and I really hate taking salads because B-O-R-I-N-G!

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That didn't take long!

But anywho, I have yet to go to a potluck, but I have gone to meetings where someone is making food. One time I volunteered to cook for the group (only a couple people knew I have celiac, most didn't) and made a top secret pasta dish, nobody even realized it was gluten free. When I haven't cooked, I just bring leftovers from the night before (I have a habit of cooking way too much)

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Depending on what it is, sometimes I will just bring my own thing, whatever, or bring something myself in a crock pot and make sure I get the first serving before people get their grubby CC hands all over it.  I like to bring dessert, like brownies or cookies, and then go around asking people how they liked the cookies, and then ask if they can tell it was gluten-free.  Then I like to bask in the glory of knowing they couldn't tell!!!

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I haven't been to a potluck since my diagnosis but in the past, I usually bring a fruit tray or vege tray.  Around here, most people end up bringing main dishes or salads and there rarely is any "fill in" type foods.  The trays are always emptied.  Now, I'll just bring whatever I feel like eating that night and call it good.  I have a really nice insulated casserole dish sized bag from Pampered Chef so if I want to bring hot food, I can use that.  It keeps food hot/warm for hours.

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That didn't take long!

But anywho, I have yet to go to a potluck, but I have gone to meetings where someone is making food. One time I volunteered to cook for the group (only a couple people knew I have celiac, most didn't) and made a top secret pasta dish, nobody even realized it was gluten free. When I haven't cooked, I just bring leftovers from the night before (I have a habit of cooking way too much)

 

 

I didn't try the recipe yet, but I plan to. :)

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So, today I went to a potluck and I brought my pyrex dishes with their snap on lids. I brought skillet lasagna in one and breaded eggplant in the other. I also brought a little minature banana cream pie. My MIL gave me some disposable minature pie pans and they're just the perfect size to take to a potluck, if you want some safe dessert for yourself.

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