I’m sure my friend Dorothy is already laughing at this post, because for the last two weeks I have been sending her emails detailing my potluck woes with the subject line “Meatball Drama.”
Long story short, this is the first time I have ever brought anything more elaborate than a bag of chips to a potluck. And it is STRESSING ME OUT. The scope of the project has sprawled terribly. You would not believe how many times I have had to go to the store in the course of Project Meatball.
The funny thing is, I could care less if anyone likes the dish. If it gets to the potluck without catastrophe and at a reasonable temperature, I will consider my job done. It’s the logistics that get me. Like, how many meatballs for a 12-person potluck when pizza will be served? (Answer: MORE MEATBALLS, thus my last-minute dash to the store last night.)
Anyway, I have to run. The potluck starts in about an hour. Time to begin Stage 3 of Project Meatball: Transport.
While I’m gone, tell me: what do you usually bring to potlucks? Recipes and links to recipes are welcome! If your comment has several links, the spam filter will put it in the “pending” queue and I will have to approve it manually. Don’t worry if it doesn’t appear right away, I’ll check the queue when I get back.
I’ll start: I used this meatball recipe and pre-baked the meatballs. I used beef instead of turkey, left out the bread crumbs, and added grated onion.
The meatballs then went into this sauce, which sounds horrible, but is quite delicious. A few hours on high in the slow cooker makes the sauce caramelized and delicious.
Wish me luck I don’t drop it on the way to or from the car, that it doesn’t cool off too much during the drive, that I don’t get in a car accident and end up with four pounds of meatballs splattered all over the passenger side footwell…