Family reunions and potlucks are events many people look forward to each year. Where else can you enjoy such an assortment of wonderful foods for very little money out of your pocket? Try these everyday meals which can be converted for potlucks or reunions the next time you have one of these events to attend.
Many reunions or potlucks will have at least two or three different plates of deviled eggs. Have you ever noticed how some of them don’t look so appetizing after sliding around in the cooler? There’s a way to fix that – make them in stages. Here’s how:
- Boil your eggs the night before and then remove the yolks.
- The day of the reunion, mix up yolk according to your recipe but place the mixture in a zip top bag.
- When you arrive at the reunion you can lay the eggs out on the tray. Snip a corner of the bag off and use it similar to a piping bag.
- Top the deviled eggs with a sprinkle of paprika and they’re good to go!
What do you do about a recipe your family loves? How do you change it from a recipe for five to a recipe for 30? The simplest way to increase a recipe is to multiply each measurement in the recipe by the increase you’d like to make. Divide the number of people to be served by the number of people served in the original recipe. If a recipe serves five and you need to feed 30, you would need to multiply everything by 6 to get the correct amounts.
One thing to remember when increasing a recipe is to make the recipe in batches rather than trying to make everything at once. Most people don’t have a kitchen large enough to bake to make 30 servings at once.
Think about people who may have food allergies or preferences. Try to find recipes that everyone can enjoy. If the dish you want to prepare does contain a food that is a known allergen, place a sign by the dish which lists the ingredients. Common allergy foods are gluten, shellfish and peanuts. By indicating the food has a particular ingredient you are ensuring someone with an allergy will know to steer clear of that dish. You may also want to indicate if the meat in a dish is beef or pork as well if a dish is vegetarian or vegan.
There are many things to consider when preparing a dish for a potluck or reunion. Can you take a recipe your family loves and convert it to a big hit at the reunion? Sure you can! Think about what you are taking, how to get it there so it looks appetizing, and label the ingredients for those with allergies or food preferences. You can enjoy the meal knowing you’ve done your part to provide a great dish for everyone to enjoy.