Tag Archive | Potluck

The Everything Potluck Cookbook

I’m still enjoying my kindle that my son got me well over a year ago.  The opportunities for free kindle books just keep coming.

The Everything Potluck Cookbook is available for free for a limited time.  I have the Crockpot Cook books by the same author and look forward to finding a few new recipes for potlucks.  Our church has a fellowship meal each Sunday and often our Sunday night Bible studies include a light supper so preparing and transporting food is a regular occurrence around here.  Sometimes a little too regular! :0  A few weeks ago I had nine potluck type meals over an eleven day span.  Since some of the same people were involved I quickly ran out of ideas.  So I’ve been looking for more recipes to add to my list.

 


Share

Nanner Puddin

When I was a child no ‘dinner on the grounds’ was complete without the southern classic ‘Nanner Puddin’.  But because nanner puddin was such a staple at church and family get-togethers, I never really made it.  Why make it and risk a flop when every grandmother could make a perfect nanner puddin.  Well, guess what?  The grandmothers are passing away and I’m quickly moving up closer into those slots. 🙁

If you’re from the South the name nanner puddin needs no splainin. 🙂

So after a request of Banana Pudding, I had to find a good recipe to get started.  Honestly, I never really follow a recipe.  Typically I find two or three recipes of the desired item and mix them up as I see fit (or have the ingredients).  So this is my recipe, but with the disclaimer I tend to not measure anything much.

Nanner Puddin

4 – 5 Eggs, room temperature and separated

1 cup sugar

6 Tablespoons Flour

3 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 Bananas

1 Box Nilla Wafers

6 Tablespoons Sugar

Sprinkle of Cream of Tartar (only if available, don’t go get it)


Mix together 1 cup sugar and flour until the flour is smooth and not lumpy in sauce pan.  Whisk in egg yolks.  Whisk in milk.  Heat over medium heat until warm stirring constantly.  {Note: Stir constantly is important if you don’t want it burned or lumpy.}  Continue heating until the mixture is thick like pudding. Takes a while.  Stir in vanilla.

Layer in a casserole dish the Nilla Wafers and slices of bananas.  Add a layer of pudding.  Then more Nilla Wafers and Bananas.  Top with the remaining pudding.

In mixing bowl beat egg whites until foamy.  Sprinkle in sugar and Cream of Tartar.  Beat on high until it forms stiff peaks.

Spread Meringue over pudding, sealing up to the edges of the dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until top of meringue is lightly browned.  Watch close because it browns quickly when it starts browning.

Refrigerate.


Share

More Potluck Helps

Kim at Life In a Shoe has the following to share about potlucks.

Potluck protocol and recipes

… We love potlucks and have hosted them nearly weekly for years.  Our church also has a potluck meal after the worship service every week.  We love the additional fellowship and I believe our church body is exceptionally close because of this tradition….

The Common Room has more to share about potlucks.

Welcome to Potluck Saturday

… My mother taught me that you should also bring a main dish, a side dish, and a dessert to a potluck, and it should be enough to feed as many people as are in your family plus around four others. …

Previously I had shared some helpful tips to make potlucks easier:

Potluck Meals Made Easier

Our church has potluck meals each Sunday AM.  We also had been in a previous church that had Providence Meals each Sunday. 🙂  So I’m beginning to get some experience with them.

When I was little my grandmother would fix a complete meal for a Dinner on the Grounds, different term same meal.  She would prepare everything.  Meat, sides, dessert, salads, drinks, etc.  Right down to sliced tomatoes, pickles, hot pepper sauce, chow-chow ….  How we got everything to church is a wonder.  She always had a large box that she would pack with her food.  I have a couple of coke bottle carriers that work well for transporting casserole dishes, hot crock-pots, etc.  By the time my family of seven is loaded in the car with all the food, bibles, computers, camera equipment, and violins we are jamb packed.

Here in the south we do use the term pot luck in two ways.

1) Covered dish meal

2) You get whatever is in the pot when visiting.  Although we may have to throw in a few more vegetables. 🙂



Share

Potluck Meals Made Easier

We’ve been worshiping in a church which has a Potluck meal each Sunday morning after the worship service.  This week I’ve been contemplating ways to make that time more enjoyable for the younger women and less stressful.  If you have several little bitties to get fed and dressed on Sunday mornings then you will know what I mean by stressful when you throw in preparing a meal to transport to church.

Remember this is a church fellowship, a meal among family, not a time to wow everyone with your cooking skills or one-up another lady.  It isn’t a competition to have the most raved about meal.

Another thing to remember is what are the dynamics of your church.  If your church is mostly elderly with several widow ladies and a few elderly couples then you can probably get along with preparing a single dish, taking into account dietary needs such as sugar-free or less spicy.  However, if your church is made up of families with lots of little ones preparing one dish won’t be enough and child friendly meals will work better.

Don’t forget the drink!  Some churches provide drinks and others depend on church members to bring a drink, jugs of tea and lemonade go over well.  Save some large gallon jugs from bought juice or punch, they are sturdier and easier to clean than milk jugs.

What makes things more manageable for you in this situation?

These are some things I’ve learned that help even though I don’t have several little bitties to take care of.

Plan ahead!!

I know, duh, but how many times, like tonight, do I have plans for a meal item only to find I’m missing a crucial ingredient.  I can’t make my Cheesecake for a Crowd because I have no cream cheese!  Sorry no cheesecake Sunday. 🙁

Menu Planning

I go through spurts of menu planning but the funny thing is if I find a menu plan from years ago I will see a favorite meal that somehow has been missed.  Having a record of Potluck meals will help keep you from falling into a rut with meals.  Also keeping track of special instructions for preparing potluck meals will help.  Potluck meals might require a little adjusting compared to the way you prepare the meal at home.

Gather Recipes

Meals to transport and then to sit unattended for hours at church have special requirements.  Some things just won’t work no matter what.  Develop a file of recipes that work well in a potluck situation.

A Crock-pot is your friend

I’m not the queen of crock-pots but you can usually guess I’ll have one or two with me at least for a potluck.  It is amazing what you can do with a crock-pot if you get some good recipes and just give it a try.  Just don’t try something new on Sunday morning unless you don’t mind embarrassment.  Give things a try at home first.

Simple Chicken

Place Chicken breasts or tenders in Crock-pot with a favorite seasoning.  Add vegetables if desired.  Cook the appropriate amount of time.  Always better to over cook than under cook in a potluck setting.

Our favorite Simple Chicken recipe is cooking the chicken in a Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad dressing or Italian Salad dressing.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes work well in a crock-pot for a potluck.  Find a recipe for crock-pot mashed potatoes or play around with your own.  Just remember that they need to be thinner to cook for a while, don’t start out with them at serving consistency.  One trick I’ve learned is to transport a small container of instant mashed potatoes to add if your mashed potatoes need to be thickened.  You can always add water if too thick.  If really desperate for a quick meal, measure water into a crock-pot and heat during church then add the correct amount of instant mashed potatoes.

Make ahead Items

Cookies, cakes, and pies can all be made ahead of time.  That will make Sunday AM much smoother.  Some pasta salads, chicken salad and green salads can also be made and refrigerated overnight.

Double or Triple up

Many, many times what we are eating Saturday night is the same thing I take Sunday morning.  Just make extra and refrigerate, then you can warm it the next morning or place in a crock-pot on low to warm.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, roast, turkey and BBQ all work for this idea.

Casseroles

Many casseroles can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen until time to cook.  Then you can stick them in the oven to bake while you dress.  Or use a roaster oven at church to bake if timing works out.

Child Friendly Meals

We have lots of children at our church. So child friendly and appealing meals go over well. Hot dogs, Pig-n-blankets, corndogs, Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken nuggets, etc.  Remember also that there might be several moms with little bitties who are just beginning to eat so simple mashed potatoes, peas, and finger foods work well.  Bread and cookies make good finger foods.

Themes

While some churches might have a theme for individual meals like Mexican, Italian, etc. ours doesn’t.  However, I tend to prepare my meals with a theme in mind.  So if I’m taking BBQ, I’ll have potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob, buns, chips or some other things that fit a BBQ meal.  If I take Mexican, I’ll include the fixings like salsa, sour cream, and cheese.  Essentially I prepare my potluck meal like I would a meal at home but with extra servings.

 

 


Share