What to take when you’re asked to bring a plate?

What to take when you’re asked to bring a plate?

Summer entertaining is all about cool and casual dishes that are easy to transport and keep well in the heat. Here are some of our best suggestions from Cookidoo and the Recipe Community! 


Bring a salad

These hearty salads travel well, will feed a crowd and can happily be prepared in advance (no wilting lettuce allowed).

Cypriot Grain Salad

Pumpkin and Antipasto Risoni Salad

Sweet Potato and Grain Salad

Cobb Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Warm Wasabi Potato Salad

Beetroot Pear and Blue Cheese Salad


Recipe Community recipe we love: Sweet and Salty Broccoli Salad


Bring a dessert

If you’ve been delegated to bring dessert along to your next get-together, choose from one of our travel-friendly dishes that don’t require refrigerating (your friends’ fridge will thank you).

Decadent Dark Chocolate Brownies

Raspberry and Lemon Flan

Strawberry Jelly Slice

Apple Crumble Meringue Slice

Peanut Butter and Jam Doughnuts


Recipe Community recipe we love: Oh Emm Gee I LOVE your Caramel Slice


Bring some nibbles

Now no pressure but being asked to bring some nibbles is a serious honour. After all, yours is the first dish everyone will devour while they’re standing around chatting, sipping and let’s face it, feeling a little bit peckish. Put together a platter that will wow by mixing and matching some (or all) of the following homemade goodies.

Spice Roasted Mixed Nuts

Beetroot Parmesan and Cashew Dip

Herbed Lavosh (this takes one takes some time, but is worth the effort in $$ and flavour)

Capsicum and Potato Tortillas with Olive Tapenade

Herbed Chicken Hors D’Oeuvres


Recipe Community recipe we love: Sundried Tomato, Chilli, Cashew and Capsicum Dip


Bring something for the BBQ

Looking for something a little bit different from sausages and steaks to throw on the barbie? Most of these recipes can be just as easily baked in the oven as well as thrown on the grill if space is an issue.

Texas Style Lovely Legs

Hunters Lemon Chicken Rissoles

Bourbon Pork Ribs

BBQ Chicken Winglets


Recipe Community recipe we love: Honey soy meatballs


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