Kansas February 14, 2018
13 Iconic Dishes You’ll Find At Every Kansas Potluck
Whether it’s a friendly get-together or a church lunch, you’ll find that potlucks are very common in the Midwest, especially Kansas. The table is loaded with glass dishes covered in aluminum foil and crockpots galore. At the end of the table, there are desserts, and at the beginning, there’s plastic silverware and friends all around. You’re at a Kansas potluck, but what’s usually on the table? Did someone go the easy way out and just bring a vegetable tray? Did Mary bring the deviled eggs she promised? Let’s take a look at 13 iconic dishes you’ll find at many a Kansas potluck.
1. Mashed potatoes
Odds are, someone volunteered to bring mashed potatoes. If they are homemade, good. If they just poured flakes from a box... shame on you. We take our carbs seriously!
2. Pulled pork/BBQ chicken
Pulled pork or BBQ chicken is a great meal for potlucks because you can just bring it in a crockpot and keep it hooked up during the whole meal. Of course, don't forget to bring buns!
3. Something, something, corn.
Whether it's creamed corn or just a bunch of corn heated up in a crockpot, you'll find it at almost every potluck. Bonus points if it's in some type of corn-based salad you're too scared to try.
4. Potato salad
I personally am not a big fan of potato salad, but it's a common dish at any potluck in Kansas. Of course, some people just buy it from the store and bring a spoon.
Maybe your potluck doesn't have any pulled pork, but it's a chili feed instead. Then, you can expect a crockpot or two full of meaty, beany goodness.
6. Orange Jell-O with... carrots?
Look, I don't know who came up with this idea in the first place, but I think it's terrible. I've tried it, it keeps appearing everywhere, and for some reason, people love it. I hear there's also a Green Jell-O variant, which makes it even worse.
7. Tater tot casserole
The classic Midwestern meal, explained in a glass dish. Casseroles just feel like home to us, I don't know why.
8. Chips with or without dip
If you were asked to bring chips, thank you. However, sometimes people don't communicate, and half of your potluck turns into 10 different types of chips instead of filling meal items.
9. Dinner rolls
Inevitably, someone is in charge of bringing dinner rolls. Whether they bought King's Hawaiian or made their own, you're glad they didn't forget them, because what would we do without bread?
10. Another casserole or three...
Macaroni? Goulash? Bring any casserole you can dream up, and you'll fit right in here.
11. Cold pasta salad
Equally liked and hated, but this dish makes an appearance at any potluck where you find people trying to put vegetables into our diet. Was the corn not enough?
12. "Ambrosia" salad
Whipped cream, grapes, mandarin oranges, cherries, and any other little bits of fruit find their way into this constantly-changing dish. I've heard horror stories of people using mayonnaise, but I don't want to think about that too hard.
13. Pies, everywhere.
Sure enough, three different people though they were in charge of dessert, and brought pies. At least they're homemade, right?
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