Choose An Ingredient Potluck Party: Tomatoes

Choose An Ingredient Potluck Party: Tomatoes

Do you and your friends have trouble deciding what to bring to a potluck? Well now you can host the ultimate potluck that gives your guests some direction. We're having a "choose an ingredient" potluck party, and this time we're choosing tomatoes!

Assign each of your friends or family members a category to make a dish that incorporates tomatoes! You can even send them this list of tasty tomato dishes in case they're short on ideas. And of course, you can feel free to choose your own ingredient and browse through the recipes on the site to come up with your own list of suggestions! Either way, it will be fun to see how the final menu plays out. Think of it as an Iron Chef challenge...only the ingredient isn't so secret :)


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Begin with a tomato salad, salsa or even stuffed cherry tomatoes. There are virtually no limits to the size or amount of dishes you can make with tomatoes!

Garlic Tomato Dip (serve with pita chips!)

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Cold Tomato Herb Soup

Grecian Tomato Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad

Main Courses Tomatoes lend themselves to all sorts of delicious main dishes, be it pasta, souffles or any of these tasty suggestions!

Mussels with Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic

Tomato Cheese Souffle

Chicken with Fire Roasted Tomatoes

Grilled Tuna with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Tomato Chicken Parmesan

Side Dishes

Tomato, Basil, Couscous and Lentil Salad

Fried Green Tomatoes

Mostaccioli with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Garlic Roasted Tomatoes

Baked Eggplant, Tomato and Pasta Gratin

Desserts If you're feeling extra creative and aren't yet sick of tomatoes, feel free to prepare some of these "sweet" suggestions below. If not, a regular dessert is just fine! Green Tomato Spice Cake

Tomato Soup Cake

Green Tomato Pie

Tomato Butter (spread on sweet bread or crackers)

Green Tomato Jam (spread on sweet bread or crackers)

Beverages There are plenty of tomato beverages out there so don't cut your theme short here! But do have plenty of lemonade and ice water on hand just in case.

Spicy Tomato Cucumber Smoothie

Tomato Juice Cocktail

Bloody Mary Midday Delight

Tomato Punch

Bill's Bloody Mary

Presentation Pointers: 1. Have serving platters washed and ready for each of your guests' dishes. You want to make their dish feel like part of the party!

2. Make sure everyone is on the same page ahead of time. Remember to assign different categories to each guest so that there aren't too many desserts, appetizers, or what have you.

3. Provide take home containers for your guests to take home leftovers, or have them use the containers they brought. Letting them bring some of the food home will reward them for bringing something.

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