Okay, so ready? Confession Time.
I have this totally irrational fear of taking a potluck dish to a potluck, having everyone turn up their noses at my makings and leave the potluck with a totally full, uneaten bowl.
As with all weaknesses, I’ve seen terror as an opportunity to obsessively hunt for the Finest Potluck Foodstuffs in all the land. And have therefore created a secret recipe stash of irresistible, crowd pleasing potluckery that wins the world.
NBD. I’m basically just a potluck fanatic.
Which is to say, you can totally trust me. Because I’ve started into the fear-laden face of death and come out the other side, toting homemade dishes so good, fellow potluckians have crowned me Queen. Or, well. They would have, if they’d have been able to stop shoveling forkfuls into their mouths, catching breaths between sighs and squeals.
You, too, can rock this quite of response at your next potluck. I want this for you. I can’t have another soul take home a lackluster bowl of inedibles. And so, I’m sharing one winner guaranteed to rock the potluck.
POTATO. PASTA. SALAD.
Already a winner here, because it’s got all the things everyone already loves. This scrumptious salad is about to become your ticket to potluck professionalism. Quit your day job and travel around the world wowing people at potucks. You’ve never heard of such a thing? That’s because you’ve obviously never shared this dish with 22 of your closest friends and neighbors, only to be carried out on the streets atop their shoulders, chanting as if you were the politician of peace and tasty-ness.
Here’s your ingredient line-up. To make this salad perfecto and simple, I start it off with a box of Suddenly Salad. The exact-right amount of pasta plus a fab seasoning pack that makes some killer creamy Caesar dressing.
Prep the pasta by boiling it in Progresso broth. You can also boil it in water, but I love the added flavor the broth lends the pasta.
Prep the dressing by stirring together the seasoning packet and a bit of mayo. Okay, a lot of mayo. You do what you have to to win the potluck, you know.
Time to put it all together. Pop potatoes, bacon, dill, dressing, pasta and such and such into a large bowl.
Toss and stir gently until well mixed.
And grab a Sharpie.
Because you’re about to be signing autographs after tucking this recipe into the summertime spread. Way to win the potluck, you clever cook, you.
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!