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What is a potluck: How to host & attend

by Debbie Martin 11/30/2023

What is a potluck, exactly? The term is applied to different types of gatherings, but does have some specifics.

If you’re interested in hosting or attending potluck dinners, barbecues or other events, here is a quick guide to help you learn more:

What is a potluck party?

A potluck is an event where the host and guests provide food. The food can be either homemade or store bought, depending on the situation.

Potluck etiquette

Some great etiquette tips include:

  • Make sure food is fully prepared beforehand. 
  • Note dietary restrictions and label common allergens.
  • Stick to small portions.

What to bring

Simple meals like pasta salad are always welcome, but don't be afraid to try complex potluck recipe ideas. 

Spinach & mushroom quiche

Quiche is a classic potluck dish you can make with a wide variety of ingredients and toppings. For a nutritious and savory quiche recipe, try baking it with fresh spinach and roasted mushrooms.

Healthier banana nut bread

Try the same flavors of banana nut bread using hearty baked oatmeal bars instead. This dish is absolutely delicious, full of fiber and protein, and can be made in advance for extra convenience.

Tips for hosting a potluck

There are some ways to make your own potluck a success, including:

  • Prepare for cancellations by having one dish as backup.
  • Use a simple sign up sheet for guest contributions. 

Keep these tips and ideas in mind for your next potluck, or any time you want to share a memorable meal with a crowd.

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