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pot luck

Starches

Jamy’s Oil Field Potatoes

The easy assembly, feed-a-crowd size, and cheese sauce make this potato dish is a staple at every Bancroft family get-together.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings Total time: 45 minutes
Vegetarian

Volcano Noodles

Black rice noodles (which are really a lovely shade of dark purple), red bell peppers, bright green edamame, orange carrots, and purple cabbage, in a sesame-soy dressing, make a vibrant, rainbow-colored main dish.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings Total time: 30 minutes
Cakes

Jan’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

This chocolate sheet cake is the perfect dish to bring to a family potluck.

Yield: 24 servings Total time: 1 hour
Vegetables

Erin’s Red Broccoli Salad

Our friends Erin and Matt have a lovely home in the country, surrounded by pastures and horses, and on the occasional holiday, a fireworks display on each horizon. We love gathering with friends there, especially when dishes like this are on the table.

Red onions, grapes, and bacon lend the red color to the otherwise green salad of broccoli, celery, and green onions.

Yield: 8 servings
Dips

Mom’s Black Bean Salsa

Mom made this salsa to take to an office pot-luck lunch, and her coworkers liked it so much, they ate it as a salad. It’s easy to throw together with pantry staples, a bell pepper, and an onion.

Yield: 6 cups Total time: 20 minutes
Cakes

Mom’s Pound Cake

Mom first made this pound cake to take to a stitching party. Her friends loved it so much, it became a repeat request. It’s a classic, super-moist pound cake.

Yield: 14 servings Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Soups

Tim’s Vegan Chili

When I worked at the local newspaper, two of my coworkers were vegan. This is Tim’s version of vegan chili, which was always popular at pot lucks.

Yield: 10 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Pasta

Pendley Pasta

This tomato-based pasta salad has been a favorite in our group of friends for years. It’s a vegan dish that travels well to pot lucks and can also serve as a main dish, especially topped with chunks of warm salmon.

Yield: 10 side-dish servings Total time: 30 minutes
Vegetables

Judy’s Green Beans

Green beans dressed with crumbled bacon and sauteéd onions make a decadent side dish.

Yield: 24 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Vegetables

Carrot Salad with Lime & Cilantro

Combine shredded carrots, cilantro, and lime. Serve chilled for a cool side dish that will cut the heat of any curry.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes