Campus Cooking Potluck Style

Limited space, even more limited funds, and too many cooks in the campus kitchen lead to seemingly fewer opportunities to have neighborly potluck dinners, but it’s time to prove that theory wrong! Simple, affordable ingredients, plus a few easy steps can still produce a great dish – so let’s get cookin’.

  1. Invite your friends. The only rule? No contribution, no entry. This gets everyone involved, and spreads out the meal responsibility. Let people chime in with what they are bringing so 5 people don’t show up with “plates & napkins”. (Also be sure to let the cooks know of any food allergies so that everyone can enjoy the different options.)
  2. Cook ahead. Suggest easy, sharable dishes that can be made ahead of time and either served immediately or simply reheated.
  3. Recipe Ideas: Think outside the oven; people tend to bring big, savory, heavy dishes that are good for bigger groups, but don’t forget about the greens! Healthy options (besides a lackluster veggie platter) can be prepared in bulk too! All recipes featured are delicious, easy, and require limited ingredients.
  4. Make sure there’s room for everyone to sit and eat – nothing more annoying than being forced to balance a plate/drink/side plate and eat.
  5. Don’t do all the clean up! Group effort, group cleaning party.

Goat Cheese Spinach Artichoke Dip by Spoon University

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Photo By Spoon University

Parmesan & Garlic Butter Pull Apart Bread by Salt and Lavender

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Photo By Salt and Lavender

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs by Hungry by Nature

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Photo By Hungry By Nature

Heirloom Tomato Basil Caprese Salad by Hello Glow

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Photo By Hello Glow

5 Ingredient Cucumber Radish Salad by Simply Whisked

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Photo By Simply Whisked

Party Ready Italian Heroes by Bon Appetit

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Photo By Bon Appetit

Baked Chicken in Honey Mustard Sauce by Where Is My Spoon

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Photo By Where Is My Spoon

Semi Spicy Option: Green Hatch Chili Mac and Cheese by The Gourmet Gourmand

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Photo By Gourmet Gourmand

Spicy Option: Jalepeño Popper Mac and Cheese by Show Me the Yummy

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Photo By Show Me The Yummy

Lemony Harissa Potato Salad by The Iron You

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Photo By The Iron You

Two Ingredient Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge by Spoon University

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Photo By Spoon University

Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria by Whitney Bond

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Photo By Whitney Bond

Margarita Shandy by Serious Eats

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Photo By Serious Eats

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