These Are The 5 Worst Dishes To Bring To Holiday Potluck Dinners
Good luck with your potluck!
We have put together the 5 worst dishes to bring to holiday potluck dinners that might be health risky. You might be surprised by them. Most of us our go-to potluck foods that we bring to parties. My wife makes a great stromboli and it is always a hit. My co-worker Lauren swears by buffalo chicken dip with nacho chips for dipping she says it’s a crowd favorite and lately has brought bacon wrapped stuffing on toothpicks with a gravy to dip in. Sounds wonderful.
Roll with a casserole?
Casserole’s used to be all the rage back in the day because of their versatility. You could bake just about anything in a casserole dish and if it was hot, it was a hit. People don’t make as many as we used to. It seems as though people prefer to bring something easier, like a charcuterie featuring all the meats and cheeses. Again, my wife takes pride in making hers look beautiful and inviting.
Here are the 5 Worst Potluck Dinners to bring to holiday parties
Now these five dishes are based on the possible health concerns that could occur when transporting these dishes to the party. Of course a lot of these are our favorites but if you’re concerned with getting people sick during the holidays, experts suggest you shy away from them and here’s why.
1. Baked potatoes in aluminum foil.
When the potatoes cool down, the moisture and steam in the foil can create a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. You can use foil to bake the potatoes . . . just remove it before it cools down. Nobody wants to catch the hot potato! These are better left out of the party because they go best as a side dish to some protein like steak and then you’re full too fast, that’ no fun.
2. Mayo-based salads.
Potato salad, egg salad, and macaroni salad are common culprits. But it isn’t always the mayo itself . . . the protein or the cooked carbohydrate can make you sick too. So always keep those salads cold. These mayo based salads don’t travel well, you’re better off bringing an oil based salad like a nice pasta salad.
3. Fish and seafood.
Not only can they spoil easily at room temperature, it’s also a risk for people with allergies. Keep it nice and easy with some shrimp cocktail on ice with a nice sauce. The key is to keep them on ice, nobody wants room temp shrimp.
It’s another one that’s bad for people with allergies. If a dish calls for sprinkling almonds or peanuts to finish a dish, consider leaving them off or bringing them in a separate container. If there are nuts in something you bake, make sure everyone knows. Just make sure you let people know that your dish contains nuts, perhaps you can make a cute note to stick near it on the table.
5. Leafy green salads.
The issue here is that there’s a lot of opportunity for cross-contamination. Everything from cutting boards to utensils and unwashed hands used for mixing. We love our greens but at the risk of getting a gastro intestinal illness. Nobody wants to make someone sick at a party.