While folks all over the country are known to have potlucks, we New Englanders are especially fond of them particularly in the fall and winter. Tomorrow’s Living Local Harvest Festival is followed up by the Living Local Harvest Festival Pot Luck - one of the most looked-forward to potlucks of the year.
With Islanders focusing their attention on local ingredients, you’ll find all sorts of dishes from creamy butternut squash soup to farm raised fried chicken. And while this means a meal guaranteed to be more than amazing, it also means your standard macaroni salad might get shown up!
I was feeling a little insecure about what to bring to tomorrow night’s pot luck so I started to do a little web research into new ideas for pot luck recipes and found a few that I think I’ll try out this winter.
What are some of your favorite potluck recipes? Please share them in the comments section and be sure to check back to see if someone else has a great recipe idea for you!
Here are a few of my favorites I’m planning to try this winter:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch square pan.
- Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl until creamy. Add eggs; beat until combined. Stir in cornmeal.
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl. Stir flour mixture, alternating with milk, into butter mixture until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 cups (9 ounces) shelled edamame beans
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
5 ounces pecorino, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
- In a small, nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, but not brown, about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the rosemary. Set aside.
- Combine the edamame beans, cannellini beans, pecorino cheese, parsley, and salt and pepper in a serving bowl. Add the garlic mixture and toss well until all the ingredients are coated.
Serves 4 to 6.
Good olive oil
3/4 pound dried lasagna noodles
4 cups whole milk
12 tablespoons (11/2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 pounds portobello mushrooms
1 cup freshly ground Parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 1 tablespoon salt and a splash of oil. Add the lasagna noodles and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and set aside.
- For the white sauce, bring the milk to a simmer in a saucepan. Set aside.
- Melt 8 tablespoons (1 stick) of the butter in a large saucepan. Add the flour and cook for 1 minute over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Pour the hot milk into the butter-flour mixture all at once. Add 1 tablespoon salt, the pepper, and nutmeg, and cook over medium-low heat, stirring first with the wooden spoon and then with a whisk, for 3 to 5 minutes, until thick. Set aside off the heat.
- Separate the mushroom stems from the caps and discard the stems. Slice the caps 1/4-inch thick. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large (12-inch) saute pan. When the butter melts, add half the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt, and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender and they release some of their juices. If they become too dry, add a little more oil. Toss occasionally to make sure the mushrooms cook evenly. Repeat with the remaining mushrooms and set all the mushrooms aside.
- To assemble the lasagna, spread some of the sauce in the bottom of an 8 by 12 by 2-inch baking dish. Arrange a layer of noodles on top, then more sauce, then 1/3 of the mushrooms, and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan. Repeat 2 more times, layering noodles, sauce, mushrooms, and Parmesan. Top with a final layer of noodles and sauce, and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.
- Bake the lasagna for 45 minutes, or until the top is browned the sauce is bubbly and hot. Allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes and serve hot.