We all know how popular a potluck can be. But, what if you're serving kids? Obviously, many of the dishes adults bring to parties aren't always a favorite among children. Thankfully, there are several kid-friendly recipes you can make for a potluck. Whether it's a pizza-flavored pot pie or a chicken macaroni and cheese, kids will absolutely love these dishes. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Pizza Pot Pie
What kid doesn't love pizza? This dish is not only popular with kids, but is a great way to sneak in some much-needed vegetables. For the filling of the pot pie, you will mix heated marinara sauce with chunks of pepperoni, thinly sliced mushrooms and finely chopped peppers and onions. Pour the filling into a casserole dish and top with a generous portion of shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with a prepared pie crust and cut to vent. Then brush the crust with egg whites and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Chicken and Cheese Macaroni
Kids love macaroni and cheese and they love chicken. This simple recipe combines the two to create a quick potluck meal that hides just a bit of broccoli. Start with shells macaroni and cheese (the kind with the cheese sauce) and boil the macaroni according to the package directions, leaving out 1/3 of the macaroni. Around 3 minutes before the macaroni is cooked, add frozen broccoli florets and continue until the pasta is cooked through. Drain the pasta and broccoli and stir in the cheese sauce along with chopped chicken breasts or tenderloins. You can keep the dish warm in a slow cooker.
Fairy Tale Fruit Salad
This fruit salad isn't so much about the fruit as it is the shapes. If starfruit is in season, combine starfruit with cantaloupe and mango that has been sliced into moon shapes. If starfruit isn't in season, you can cut any large fruit into star shapes using a cookie cutter. Once the fruit is combined, stir in a simple syrup flavored with lemon, lime or orange juice along with miniature marshmallows (AKA clouds). This fruit salad is both fanciful and healthy.
A kids' potluck doesn't have to be scary. There are a number of fun dishes you can make that kids will absolutely love. Whether it's flavoring a dish with pizza or creating a fanciful fruit salad, there are so many dishes to choose from.