Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ideas for Dishes to Take to a Potluck

Whether I am going to an office potluck, birthday party, or a wake I always scrambled around trying to figure out what to take.  A long time ago I started a list of ideas and want to share it with you here. I'm hoping to add recipes and photos as I make these items this year. I'll try to come back and link them in here.  I'd love to hear what favorite dish you like to take to potlucks.

Three Bean Salad
Shrimp Cracker Spread
Chips & Salsa
Green Bean Casserole (note: Gene hates this dish)
Scalloped Potatoes
Deviled Eggs
Shrimp Fondue
Watergate Salad
Shrimp and cocktail sauce
Ham Rolls Ups
Cheese & Crackers (fun cut outs for the cheese)
Brownies (easy recipe for homemade brownies)
Hashbrown Potato Casserole

Bread and Butter Pudding

This is a recipe Justin's Grandma Smith gave me. It's so good you'll want to slap your grandma (figuratively speaking, of course!)

Bread and Butter Pudding

3 cups bread cubes (about 5 slices) toasted
Enough butter to spread on toast
1/4 cup raisins
3 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
Dash salt
Dash nutmeg

Butter toasted bread and then cut into cubes
Layer bread cubes and raisins in a 1 1/2 quart casserole. Set aside.
In a different bowl beat eggs; stir in milk, sugar, vanilla and salt. Pour over bread. Let stand 10 minutes.   Sprinkle with nutmeg.  Place casserole in shallow pan.  Place in 350 degree oven.  Fill pan with hot water, about 1 inch up sides of casserole. Bake 45 to 60 minutes until custard is set.  Serve warm.

Makes 6 servings.
Notes:  I used wheat bread. The staler the bread, the better. It's a good use for stale bread and milk that's about to expire.

WARNING:  Do not make this if you are on a diet. It's irresistible.