15 Fourth of July Potluck Recipes

During the holiday weekend, I’m always invited to a potluck barbeque. But no matter which type of meal part I’m assigned (from appetizer to dessert), the end result is always a no-fail recipe and a string of oooh’s and ahhh’s by other guests.

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
Side Salads
Desserts
Wishing you a happy and healthy Fourth!
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