Community Meal? Potluck? Or Covered Dish Dinner?
The church we serve has Wednesday night supper for anyone attending any of the different groups meeting that night. As a fan of community meals, these are my favorite types of church meals. In different parts of the country these meals go by different names but most often a meal in which everyone participates by bringing a dish is called one of two names: it’s a “Potluck” or it’s a “Covered Dish Dinner.” Call it either name or make up a name, just please, sign me up!
I have a number of reasons why I like Potlucks or Covered Dish meals:
· It’s fun to see what everyone comes up with to add to the meal.
· Variety is always good.
· You find out who the best cooks are!
· It’s an easy way to serve others easily by bringing extra food.
· Always meeting new people, joining with different groups for the meal.
· New recipes for my recipe box!
· New ethnic foods are introduced.
There are going to be days when everything seems impossible without having to plan anything for a potluck dinner.
I understand there will be days when you need to rush from work, or the kids had so many activities, or the cows got out or the oven went out, but these are not the normal situations. In these situations, don’t skip the meal but join in with the fellowship and meal prepared by the others. If we all brought a little extra, then your needing to skip bringing that week is easily covered by someone else. When it comes down to the real meaning of having a community meal, it is all about the “community.” Relationships and Fellowship is most important.
My rule of thumb is if you are bringing food, bring at least three times what you and your family will eat. This will cover those who have the types of days listed above and most everyone eats more at community meals then they plan. So all will be fed well!
My Crockpot Lasagna for the Potluck dinner
So this past Wednesday, the menu was our favorite casserole and/or accompaniment. I didn’t have to look to far into my cupboard for inspiration. I’ve been seeing lasagna cooked in the crockpot often on Pinterest or on Facebook, so thought I’d give it a shot myself. I do not like measuring, I am more of a “dump it in” type of cook. My recipes are usually guess-timates. Adjust this recipe to your liking.
- 1 lb hamburg, browned with ½ onion, chopped
- 1 jar Spaghetti sauce
- 1 can diced Italian tomatoes
- Italian seasoning
- I cup Ricotta cheese
- About one pound of a variety of shredded cheeses
- About ½ pound dry lasagna noodles
To begin, I start with layering spaghetti sauce, meat, noodles, ricotta cheese and tomatoes, and cheese. I repeat these layers until all ingredients are used. I always finish with a layer of cheese on the top. Set the crockpot on low for 7-8 hours. Perfection!
A couple of hints: Spray the crockpot first, making clean up much easier. Mix the ricotta cheese with the tomatoes, making the spreading of the cheese easier. I break the regular dry lasagna noodles to fit the round crockpot. (Trust me, the flavor doesn’t change.) And always include the fat off the hamburg, this adds to the flavor and the lasagna needs the added moisture
Here is a look at crockpots from Wal-mart. I believe the prices are very competitive. If you choose to purchase one through my website, you will be helping Ken and I stay on the road as carpenter missionaries. There is no added expense for you but we will make a few pennies. Thank you.