Now that the snow has thawed and your neighbors are finally peeking their heads out of their cozy homes, it’s the perfect time for a spring potluck! Food brings everyone together. And if you haven’t had a chance to talk to the neighbors since the holidays, now’s a great opportunity to reconnect in time for warm weather block parties and kid’s pool parties. These are some of the best potluck dishes to bring to the first spring get-together.
It’s a classic for a reason. Macaroni salad feeds a lot of people for not much money, and it goes great with all types of meats and veggies. If you want to mix up the standard pasta/mayonnaise/sour cream dish, try adding some peas, a bit of cooked ham, or some kale.
If you leave anywhere in the west or southwest, no potluck is complete without guacamole. Chances are, you probably already know exactly how you like your avocado-to-tomato-and-onion ratios. One great trick for the dish? Add more lime juice to the recipe. Not only will you enjoy the extra spring zest, but it will also keep your guac green throughout the party.
Chicken and Rice Casserole
It takes a lot of bravery to make the main dish, but there’s nothing to fear with a chicken and rice casserole. Take out your biggest casserole dish. Add in cooked rice and cooked chicken throughout the dish. In a sauce pan, cook up onions, garlic, veggies, and spices until soft. Add in cream of mushroom soup and a bit of milk. Add the mixture to the casserole dish, coat with shredded Colby jack cheese, and bake for 30-40 minutes in the 350 degree oven. Done! You have a hearty dish to feed the whole neighborhood.
To finish out the party, a pop of spring color make a good finale. Banana pudding is easy to make and looks pretty, too. All you need are vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding, and sliced bananas. Layer the wafers, pudding, and bananas inside a clear bowl for a wonderful spring potluck dessert.