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Potluck dish for family reunion?

We are having it outdoors at the park. Not a clue what to bring that will be a hit and be able to sit on a table for a few hours in the heat. So waht is a good side dish? I am also making cupcakes. Will they be ok?

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yldflwr

Asked by yldflwr at 12:53 PM on Aug. 1, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Pasta salad with either pesto or Italian dressing ( neither are mayo based).

    Green salad
    Fruit Kabobs

    Cupcakes should be fine- keep in the shade so the icing doesn't melt
    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 12:57 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • For anything, if you're worried about stuff staying cool, you can do a couple things - have a bigger bowl than you're serving out of, fill it about halfway with ice, and nestle your bown in the ice - make sure you move it around and push it down so the ice comes up the sides a bit. Another option to do a couple days ahead of time - figure out what bowl you're serving out of, and find a bowl that it fits inside. Put water in the bigger bowl, something in the inner bowl to make it heavy, and sink the inner bowl in the water til the rims almost meet. Put in the freezer til the water is frozen. You can take the inner bowl out, or just leave it and fill with your salad when it's time to go (definitely better for creamier salads with mayo or dairy, not so much for fruit).

    You could always make a crock pot of calico beans or baked beans, no harm in that sitting out in the heat since it's already hot ;o).
    4time-mom

    Answer by 4time-mom at 1:17 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • Rice and Beans hold well for awhile in the heat.
    Relish Trays are good
    Lunchmeat tray with bread
    Fruit salad
    Pasta Salads
    kimberlyinberea

    Answer by kimberlyinberea at 1:32 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • Veggie pizza. it will probably go quickly and not sit there all day!!!
    2BlondeBabies

    Answer by 2BlondeBabies at 1:32 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • Red Cabbage Slaw with Peanut Sauce

    Peanut Dressing
    1 small clove garlic, peeled
    2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into eight pieces (peeling unnecessary)
    1/3 cup unsalted, nonhydrogenated peanut butter
    1 1/2 Tbs. low-sodium tamari
    2 tsp. packed light brown sugar
    1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
    -
    Red Cabbage Slaw
    1 8-oz. pkg. Oriental-style baked tofu, cut into 1/2-inch dice
    6 cups shredded red cabbage
    1 medium-sized carrot, peeled and grated
    1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

    Directions:
    1. To make Peanut Dressing: Place garlic and ginger in mini-chopper beaker, and pulse until finely chopped. Add peanut butter, tamari, brown sugar, vinegar and 1/4 cup water, and blend until smooth. Thin with 1 Tbs. of water or more, if necessary, so that dressing is pourable.

    2. To make Red Cabbage Slaw: Combine all ingredients. Pour dressing over salad, and toss to coat. Season to taste with s
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:04 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • I cant open the site because it's down for maintenance, but bettycrocker.com has an AWESOME Mediteranean Couscous salad recipe that I just love! There is no mayo so no chance of it turning funky in the sun. Its a box of cous cous, olive oil, kalamata (or black) olive, tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, and it is so good. I always make it, people are probably getting sick of it, but I cant get enough of it
    cassie_kellison

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 2:31 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • Fruit salad. Drain a can of fruit cocktail and Mandarin oranges, add fresh fruits such as strawberries and bananas, and marshmallows is you would like, can of pineapple, mix pineapple juice with instant vanilla pudding mix it all up put in fridge to get it cold, add cool whip before eating.
    queen.bee

    Answer by queen.bee at 2:34 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • My sister made a really good Honey Mustard Potato Salad that she got from Rachel Ray and it wasn't mayo based. I'm sure you could find it on her site.
    Cindy18

    Answer by Cindy18 at 2:49 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • pierogies casserole. You take cheddar mashed potatoes and layer them with sauteed onions, lasagna noodles, and white cheddar, and bake.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:47 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

  • cassie_kellison

    Answer by cassie_kellison at 5:31 PM on Aug. 2, 2010

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