Pot Luck Dinners.is it still fashionable?

Just found this link from a previous time.
I scrolled down and see A kumara salad, & Jamies Cauliflower & Macaroni dish, which look nice.
Can anyone tell me what is in these dishes & how they are made please.

Chef_jubre, Apr 24, 10:54 am

we do pot lucks on a monthly basis. Last time I took a large apple crumble and it disappeared very quickly. As to where we sit umm anywhere there's a seat. If worried about enough seats we suggest a camping chair so everyone can have a seat.

Chef_cgvl, Apr 24, 3:55 pm

What did you bring for your last dinner you were invited to?

Chef_daarhn, Jun 25, 8:55 pm

Chick pea casserole

Chef_lilyfield, Jun 25, 9:06 pm

Gosh, it's been so long ago. seriously, can't remember?

Chef_shazzie10, Jun 25, 9:06 pm

Chicken curry and rice. We still like pot luck dinners, if that helps! Other things I take are sushi, creamy chicken potatoes or a big fruit crumble.

Chef_indijack, Jun 25, 9:14 pm

Should be more of them in this day and age since it's expensive to dine out. Also sometimes we do a shared tea (usually last minute thing - just ring round in the afternoon and see if people want to bring their meal to share)

Chef_asue, Jun 25, 9:17 pm



we try and do that regular with our flatmates. theres 5 of us. someone does a hey lets all cook something and sit together and share. did it last night. now to extend that and go beyond the front door. doesnt always happen as we do our own thing. but nice when it comes togther. snigger smirk

Chef_daarhn, Jun 25, 9:22 pm

I tried to host one a few years ago but I was so disappointed. Some people turned up with KFC etc.

Chef_lotsagiggles, Jun 25, 9:31 pm



GTFO,,Seriously?

Chef_daarhn, Jun 25, 9:35 pm

We do a theme dinner party where each couple brings one course, but pot luck is still good. KFC is a cop out alright. Tell them so in a cheery voice " and no blimen takeaways this time! They can't be that busy they couldn't rustle up something. And if they don't know how then its time to learn!

Chef_wendalls, Jun 25, 9:37 pm

we have them twice a year at work. There's about 25 of us. Everyone does their 'specialty' and the boys usually put in $ for meat. It's always worked out really well

Chef_dice4, Jun 25, 9:38 pm

Is there ettiquette to hosting a potluck dinner? I always thought potluck dinners one bought their own bottle to drink. the host house supplied complimentry bottle. The main cooked by host, with guest synchronizing all the extras such as side dishes, puddings, after dinner cheese fruit platters, predinner platter/nibbles. with good coffee pots tea and chocolates by host at end of evening. Then at dinner while everyone present, who was to host next dinner. thats how I've always known it?

Chef_daarhn, Jun 25, 9:43 pm



It peeved me off because I more than contributed my share. I made a dessert, a few loaves of fresh bread and a main.

Chef_lotsagiggles, Jun 25, 9:52 pm

I love pot luck dinners. They are such a cheap way to feed hungry hordes and everybody seems to have a good time.

We normally bring macaroni cheese if doing a main, because it is quick to make, keeps well, reheats well, is a vegetarian option, and just about everybody loves it.

Chef_daisyhill, Jun 25, 10:23 pm



DROOL. that is now going to be my weekend dish this week. its been years since i last made it. what cheese do you use?

Chef_daarhn, Jun 25, 10:30 pm

I just use Mainland Tasty - it's the tastiest of the tasty cheeses! I also add wholegrain mustard and a splash of Worcestershire sauce (not too much or it goes a bit sweet) but otherwise it's just cheese sauce and pasta.
[Should add that I use Boss sauce, not Lea & Perrins which isn't vegetarian.]

We end up doubling the quantity every time so I can freeze portions for office lunches, or dinner on days when nobody wants to cook.

Chef_daisyhill, Jun 25, 10:39 pm

STOP! You had me at Tasty.

can one ever put too much cheese in maccheese? I like adding cup of parmesan and cup mozerella plus the main cheese when feeling piggy.

Chef_daarhn, Jun 25, 11:05 pm

We had a group of friends who regularly had pot luck dinners, perhaps once a month. We were amazed at how often we had a real variety as no-one knew what anyone else was bringing. My sister in the US had never heard of such things. were horrified that we'd ask someone to dinner then tell them to bring their own. until I explained how it worked.

Chef_rarogal, Jun 26, 8:56 am

Bahahaha, your poor sister

Chef_daarhn, Jun 26, 8:59 am

We have one for work regularly, used to be the last Thursday of every month, but slowed down a bit now cos we're so busy. Last one I made Nigella's Meatzza. It was a hit!

Chef_kirmag, Jun 26, 9:09 am

we have them on a regular basis too !

last week I took Curry , pilau rice & homemade naan , Oh & stuffed jacket potatoes too cause Ted loves them !

Chef_tinkyandted, Jun 26, 10:54 am

Ours usually has a theme too. A different person gets to pick each month. We've had foods starting with J and C. Jamie recipes, Nigella recipes, my choice was food from the 70s, I made a big pot of chilli that time. For Jamie night I made his Cauliflower Macaroni - YUM!

Chef_kirmag, Jun 26, 11:11 am



I haven't been to a pot luck dinner in many years, but a while ago I was at a funeral where mourners had been asked to bring a food contribution. I was absolutely astonished at the number of people who brought takeaway pizza, supermarket cakes, Dunkin Donuts etc.

Chef_davidt4, Jun 26, 11:32 am


You're not kidding! She leads quite a different life to us, entertains overseas dignitaries, gourmet cook, blah, blah! Awesome person (and sister), but BYO doesn't appear in her dictionary!

Chef_rarogal, Jun 26, 12:04 pm

It sure is still fashionable and is a great way to catch up with lots of friends on one go! Last dish I took was "Pam's Creamy potatoes"

Chef_cookessentials, Jun 26, 1:25 pm



someone would have rolled in their grave. how common!

Chef_daarhn, Jun 26, 2:45 pm



I bet a slab of our bacon egg pie and pav filled with cream n strawberries would have all those dignatries booking their next trip downunder or send for you. hehe

Chef_daarhn, Jun 26, 2:46 pm



Brilliant Idea. I'm gonna use that

Chef_daarhn, Jun 26, 2:47 pm



Yes and it makes them cook too. When we first started a lot of the non-cooks would bring things like pizza or chinese or hot chips. But theme-ing it meant they couldn't do that and had to think a bit.

Chef_kirmag, Jun 26, 2:54 pm

How many people should you invite for one of these things?
We only have 4 chairs.

Chef_soph001, Jun 26, 6:29 pm

We are a group of motorhomers and have one every month to hear about each others trips and adventures. Amazing how much variety we get for the meal.

Chef_camper18, Jun 26, 7:52 pm

Now I'm feeling jealous and nostalgic. When we were kids (end of 70s thru to the 80s) we were always going to them. There was always a rice salad from memory.

Chef_tarawera99, Jun 26, 8:05 pm

We have 10 of us which is a challenge. Bring in the outdoors table and join it up. Borrow dishes etc.
We pick on one couple who bought these indian ball things for dessert. They were so disgusting (sickly sweet) that we played dice games and the loser would have to eat a ball! Then they did dessert again for our British theme and brought trifle with no sponge n it which we all complained about. All good fun ! Luckily they are thick skinned!

Chef_wendalls, Jun 26, 10:49 pm

There are so many options for people that don' or can't cook instead of takeaways. Eg garlic bread, platters, breads and dips, cream puffs/eclairs, etc. I really don't know why people turn up with takeaways.

Chef_lotsagiggles, Jun 26, 11:01 pm



I think one of the joys of pot luck is you don't need to sit around the table. Pile up your plate and grab a pozzy where you can (as long as the owner of the house doesn't mind people eating on the couch etc).

Chef_kirmag, Jun 27, 8:28 am

I* love them - both hosting and going to them. I nearly always end up coming home with new recipes too.

The last contribution was Toddies Brown Rice Salad. Always get asked for that recipe.

The funniest one I went to had 15 people attending and would you believe it was ALL desserts. 10 pavs. I couldn't eat pav for the remainder of the summer that year.

Chef_maynard9, Jun 27, 8:40 am

it can be casual and if you do dishes that can be eaten with a fork, there is nothing stopping you having it set up in the lounge in front of the fire so people can use the lounge suite and chairs as well as the four dining chairs you have. We have had anything from six to 12 at the ones we have had or go to.

Chef_cookessentials, Jun 27, 11:09 am

Love them. I often do chicken and broccoli or a nice dessert.

We did one when I was working and made it a cultural theme, so everyone bought something from their own culture. That was awesome, we had English, Russian, Indian, Tongan, Kiwi and Dutch.

Chef_biggles45, Jun 27, 12:40 pm

Saving this thread.

Chef_juliewn, Jun 27, 10:46 pm

Having one tonight at my house. I am making a huge dish of mixed roasted vegies . Usually pot lucks are missing in greens. No idea what anyone else is bringing, we do not coordinate. Next month is mid winter xmas, traditional cooking which I do, but everyone shares in the costs. Good fun.

Far more fun than eating out , and we can misbehave !

Chef_lilyfield, Jun 28, 7:25 am

I went to one where all the visitors brought a lasagne. except me, I was charged with dessert whew!

Chef_lulu-belle1, Jun 28, 7:46 am

I must admit at a baby shower pot luck dinner last sunday night I cheated and didn't make a thing - everything was bought. I did have a good excuse, I got a text from one sister at 3pm, what are you making for tonight? Didn't even know it was happening . and it was at my house! Had to rush home and unpack excess plates, serving spoons and cutlery etc that I had packed away- i'm shifting house on Wednesday and was just to organised. I ended up buying lots of diff chocs and lollies and that was my pudding, it went down well with everyone, not much left at the end of the night

Chef_dibble35, Jun 28, 8:30 am

Having one at my home tonight for about 14 work colleagues. I have made a leek and potato and egg slices dish covered in cheese sauce sprinkled with Parmesan ( I would normally have savoury crumbs on top as well) which should suit both the vegetarians and gluten free people. Just need to heat it up tonight. Also making a chocolate cake this morning as it is a farewell . Love pot lucks as we get such a variety . Don't mind if some bring takeaways, they always go down well too.

Chef_katalin2, Jun 28, 10:05 am

Yup, we have them, and it's always the usual suspects who volunteer to bring the Roast Chickens and Salad, which they pick up from the shop on the way

Chef_lad4, Jun 28, 2:20 pm

I'm going to one tomorrow and am taking Thai Green Curry

Chef_crails, Jun 28, 3:57 pm

We live in a little country community and have a community pot luck tea once a month at the local hall. We get between 40-50 people, with a wide Varity of dishes.An enjoyable night .

Chef_sunshine248, Jun 28, 4:57 pm

Last night we had stroganoff , kumara salad, fried rice, thai green curry , chicken nibbles, suausage caaserole and steame rice mashed potato and crusty bread rolls

Chef_crails, Jun 30, 9:17 am

Hmmm I recently had an uninvited vegan couple turn up to a pot luck and brought nothing with them. I was furious because they expected me to cater for them (because when I know they're coming I do something extra because I know they wont bother). They then proceeded to quiz the guests who had brought food as to the contents of the dishes. Generally I love pot luck but takeaways etc are a real let down.

Chef_toffeey, Jun 30, 9:33 am

We do semi organised pot luck where we are assigned a category such as dessert or meat or vegie. Means that you don't get 10 pavs!

Chef_gennie, Sep 17, 2:13 pm

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