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15 Fourth of July Potluck Recipes

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 14:00

Jicama and Watermelon Salad
During the holiday weekend, I’m always invited to a potluck barbecue. But no matter which part of the meal I’m assigned to bring, the end result is always a no-fail dish and a string of ooohs and ahhhs by other guests. Here are some helpful tips and healthy recipes.

Tips for Easy Toting

Complicated or soggy dishes like soups, sauces, or soufflés can get VERY messy when traveling. But if that’s your assigned food, wrap the container several times in plastic wrap just in case it leaks. I also like to have the passenger hold the dish during a car ride to be on the safe side.

When traveling with a green salad, add the dressing right before serving in order to avoid soggy leaves.

If you do choose a hot dish, check ahead with the host if they have extra oven space or if you can grill your goodies right before serving. That can save you time at home plus the food will taste better freshly cooked.

Food Safety Matters

Always keep time and temperature in mind. If food sits out over 2 hours at room temperature it can potentially make folks sick. Food should travel in the air conditioned area of your car and not in a hot trunk or roof. High-risk foods like tuna salad, sliced fruit or raw meats should be kept on ice, especially if you’re traveling an hour or more.

Raw meats and poultry should be kept in a separate cooler from any ready-to-eat foods (like salads). Separate utensils and platters should be packed to avoid cross-contamination.

Potluck Recipes To Try

Appetizers

Holy Moly Guacamole

Babaganoush

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus

Side Salads

Jicama and Watermelon Salad (above)

Spinach-Pita Salad

Chopped Salad

Coleslaw with Cumin-Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Red Pepper Salad

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Black Olives

Bulgur Salad with Green Onion Vinaigrette

Desserts

Made-Over Deep Dish Brownies

Lemon Icebox Bars

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate-Almond Meringues

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Wishing you a happy and healthy Fourth!

TELL ME: What’s your favorite dish to bring to a July 4th potluck?

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