I saw this thread over on SLBB and thought it would be great to hear your responses. We've got two potlucks we'll be attending next month so I'll be watching this thread with great interest. What is your favorite dish to bring when attending a potluck and which one(s) are your favorite to eat?
I love trying new ethnic dishes and homemade breads. On the dessert table, I seek out desserts made with fruit. Actually, after everyone's had their fill, I like to pick at whatever is remaining (but not store bought) so I can get a taste.
I am usually attending a potluck with lots of kids, so I bring CI's mac n cheese and a dessert. I have brought CL apple cake, blueberry poundcake and thumbprint cookies which have all gone over very well. I used to seek out interesting and exotic entree recipes to bring, but found that there was never enough mac n cheese for all the kids. If I have time, I make a yeasted bread (more recently a foccacia, cottage cheese dill and sun-dried tomato) and/or a side dish as well.
I'm only posting the Foccacia recipe but if anybody wants the others, let me know and I'd be happy to post those too. What are YOUR favorites?
Foccacia (recipe from AR)
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.