Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Potluck Love

I love potlucks. I mean, why limit yourself to just one entrée/side/dessert when you can sample a dozen different ones?

Last weekend we attended two potluck meals. So aside from getting to sample the dishes others brought, it gave me an opportunity to prepare some of my favorite recipes. You know, the ones you don't dare make unless you've got plenty of people to share them with, otherwise you're stuffing your face with those delicious leftovers for the rest of the week. And while that is enjoyable, things come to an abrupt end when you can no longer fasten your pants.

Our first potluck was a dinner. A farewell party for some good friends. And I knew I had to bring a pan of Chocolate Lasagna.
All that chocolatey goodness simply has to be shared.
This easy and oh, so tasty recipe can be found here.

I wanted something savory too take, as well. Something that was more of a party food. So I opted for Hot Hawaiian Beef Sandwiches. I saw the Pioneer Woman make these a long time ago. Now, I always make them for our Christmas lunch when I have lots of growing boys to feed. Don't be put off by the pepper jack cheese and small amount of hot sauce. Between the sweet rolls and cheese, any spice is more about flavor than heat. That recipe is available right here.

For our second potluck, which was after church, I knew I had to bring my favorite broccoli salad
This stuff is so addicting. And while it's not unhealthy, it does make a pretty good sized batch. Find out how to make it here.

Of course, no church potluck in Texas is complete without peach cobbler.
It's a quintessential favorite. And this recipe is my personal fave. You can find it here.

Yep, all that good eating made for one really good weekend.

Now it's your turn. What are some of your favorite potluck recipes?

Three-time Carol Award finalist, Mindy Obenhaus lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, the youngest of her five children and two dogs. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com 


  1. I'm going to have to try your Hot Hawaiian Beef sandwiches for our next carry-in. We have a LOT of growing boys at our church, and that sounds like something they would love!

    My favorite stand-by is anything super easy that goes in a crock pot. If I can put it together in the morning so that it cooks in the church kitchen all morning, it's even better! So chili, macaroni and cheese, goulash, cowboy beans...any of those are perfect.

    1. Confession time, Jan. It's not just the boys who love those sandwiches. I do, too. ;)

      I can see where the CrockPot would come in handy for potlucks. I saw a few at the church, but not many. Of course, too many would present another problem. Trying to find plugs for all of them.

  2. I can't recall the last time I went to a potluck, Mindy. Our church does one on St. Patrick's Day weekend, but it's usually for the families who have young children.I'd happily eat anything you brought!

    1. You know, Mary Cate, until we moved to our little town, it had been a long time since I'd been to a potluck, too. I wonder if it's more of a small town thing. Though I know Jan's church has them. I didn't realize how much I missed them until I went to one.

  3. I love potluck dinners, but like Cate said, no one is doing them anymore. It's like a lost generational thing, and they're so fun!

    I just put one in a Christmas novella and it was fun and such an old-fashioned kind of thing. I wonder if they're still doing them in the Midwest?

    1. Ruthy, like I told Mary Cate, I wonder if it's more of a small town thing. Or small churches. I do love them, though. They're also the reason why so many small churches put together cookbooks to sell. Country cooks make some amazing stuff.