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’.
- 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.)
- Cook ahead. Suggest easy, sharable dishes that can be made ahead of time and either served immediately or simply reheated.
- 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.
- 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.
- Don’t do all the clean up! Group effort, group cleaning party.