Last night Hubby Tony and I were invited to a neighbor's driveway for a potluck. I was excited to receive the invitation a couple of weeks ago. Even though we've lived in our condo for almost two years, thanks to Covid the only people I've really met are the ones in our building.
The invitation said to bring a favorite dish or dessert, and whatever we wanted to drink. I wanted to make something easy which wouldn't need to stay warm, because I figured the food would be served outside. After spending some time poking around the internet for ideas I decided that Potato Salad Bites (small potatoes hollowed out and refilled with potato salad) would do the trick.
There were a lot of interpretations of the recipe but I used a Betty Crocker one as my inspiration. The first step is to roast potatoes. Next you cut them in half, scoop out the insides, mix that with potato salad ingredients, then stuff the mixture back into the skins. I changed up the recipe slightly by adding the recommended chopped up green onions into the mixture instead of using them as a topping.
The project took longer than I anticipated, mainly because the potatoes needed extra time to bake. I scurried around putting the finishing touches on the dish, then scurried around putting the finishing touches on myself. When it was time to leave I put on my heavy winter coat and grabbed the tray from the refrigerator.
It was already brisk at 4 pm when we walked around the corner. The hostess had a couple of fire pits in the driveway; each had a large pile of wood next to it. A row of tables was arranged down the middle of the garage, and the cabinets on the side of the garage held more dishes. I put my tray down and explained what it was.
I should have brought a little sign with the name of the dish, because when the food was served people commented on how 'cute' the bites looked, but no one knew what they were. I explained again. Someone ate a one and commented on how good it was. Later, when I went back for dessert I overheard one woman telling another "I don't know why made them, but you have to try these little potatoes". I identified myself as the maker, and briefly explained the recipe.Tony and I had to leave early because we had a second commitment. Out of the 24 bites I brought there were only four left. I transferred them to another plate so I could take my platter home. It wasn't until I was walking into my place that I realized that I forgot to take a photo of my dish, a requisite of any foodie post.
It's been a while since we've been to a pot luck. If we do get invited to one I'll be getting in touch with you. Hopefully you'll get things made faster.ReplyDelete
I don't work cheap :-)Delete
Glad it went well!ReplyDelete
What a great recipe. Going to give it a try, with some adjustments to keep my sensitive gut from having an episode.ReplyDelete
Hope it works for you. I think that any recipe is just a jumping off point.Delete
They sound delicious!ReplyDelete
You can't have it wrong with potatoes when it comes to versatility, simplicity and taste.ReplyDelete
(I say almost the same about eggplant. I started to pay it attention for its fiber -good for weight maintenance - and fell for it).
I love eggplant! Until I started shopping at a local Asian market I had no idea how many different shapes and sizes it came in, but now I think I've tried them all.Delete
That really did sound delicious, Kathy. But it sounds like quite a bit of work too. I often forget to take a photo. It's good Art remembers for me.ReplyDelete
I chopped things while the potatoes were baking, then it took 20 minutes to cut/scoop/refill them.Delete
Tasty ... even without a photo.ReplyDelete
They sound like a lot of work but worth it. I do something like that with a pasta salad dish. Next time be sure to take your picture!!ReplyDelete
I'll do my best to remember!Delete
I was just thinking that potlucks are probably a thing of the past. Even before the pandemic, I was seeing more and more catered events or an event where people just picked up food from a deli and brought it.ReplyDelete
I think that a potluck can be safe if people follow proper protocols. I went to a sandwich lunch where a server asked what type of bread I wanted. The meat tray had rolled-up pieces that were easy to navigate with a tongs. Everything else was pre-packaged.Delete
One of these days I'm going to do those potato bites. It's a great idea.ReplyDelete