Why Lasagna is the Worst Dish to Bring to a Potluck (And What to Bring Instead)

Photo by: Jennifer May

An Easier Way to Deliver Hot and Cheesy Deliciousness

It's not that we don't adore lasagna--but we have to admit that the return on investment for this crowd-pleasing

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Photo by: Jennifer May

An Easier Way to Deliver Hot and Cheesy Deliciousness

It's not that we don't adore lasagna--but we have to admit that the return on investment for this crowd-pleasing classic is pretty low (if you're making it from scratch). You spend a couple of hours in the kitchen, only to watch the lasagna be gobbled up in minutes. Save this pasta bake for a night when you can savor it at home (and enjoy the leftovers for days)--and try one of these other recipes the next time you have to bring something to a party. They're from Amy Thielen's new cookbook, The New Midwestern Table , which brims with 200 recipes for the rustic, soul-tugging cuisine of Thielen's potluck-centric childhood in Minnesota.

First up is this homespun "hotdish," an update on the famous chicken-wild rice combination. Thielen makes a simple, fresh mushroom sauce instead of using the traditional canned cream-soup base, though she still calls for a topping made from Ritz or Keebler Club crackers.

Get the recipe: Classic Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish


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Wed, Oct 30, 2013 6:04 PM EDT
By Lynn Andriani


We love a bubbling casserole of pasta and cheese as much as you do, but there's a case to be made for shaking things up at your next party. Here are five amazing alternative ideas.