The Potluck Rules: What to Take to a Summer Cookout

Crunchy Noodle SaladIf youre headed to a cookout this weekend, dont even consider about showing up empty-handed. When choosing a plate to take, however, there have been a few criteria that contingency be met to have transporting as well as portion a breeze.

Rule #1: Bring your plate in a same vessel youll offer it in.
Dont take a bag of salad greens, then ask your horde for a portion bowl, as well as dont take a cake as well as ask for a stand. Pack up everything in (or take along) whatever we need to offer your dish. (Label anything youd similar to back, or make use of disposable platters as well as bowls.) Bonus points if we take disposable portion utensils.

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Cherry-Pistachio Tea CakesRule #2: Room heat is best.
Your hosts have been entertaining, so their refrigerator as well as freezer have been probably pressed to maximum capacity. Dont stress them further by asking them to have space for your dish. Side meals similar to potato salad fit a bill, as do many desserts.

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Broccoli SaladRule #3: Choose a plate with staying power.
When we arrive at a cookout, theres no meaningful either dinner will be served in 20 mins or two hours. Take a plate that can sit out for a bit. Trisha Yearwoods Broccoli Salad gets better as it marinates, as docoleslawsandmany pasta salads.

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Tomato BruschettaRule #4: Dont dont think about special sauces, dressings or garnishes though pack smart.
Some meals just cant be fully assembled in advance, as well as thats OK. For a plate similar to this Bruschetta, that competence get soggy or fall apart in transit, have a toasts as well as tomato reduction at home; pack them separately in disposable baggies or containers. At a party, simply put out a toasts (on a platter we brought, of course!) as well as tip them right upon a buffet.

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White Bean Dip with PitaRule #5: When in doubt, bring homemade dip.
Theres a reason why this party classic is tried-and-true: Its easy to transport, easy to offer as well as easy to purify up. Its just not a party but chips as well as dip!

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What do we similar to to take to summer parties? Tell us in a comments.