Quick and Low-Budget Potluck Recipes
by Jett Saw. |
If there’s one thing I enjoy doing on weekends, it's to cook and host dinner parties with the ones I cherish; and with potluck dinners being more common these days, it saves me the hassle of cooking a full-course meal on my own! I still get to cook up something for my friends, but this time round we get to share our respective ‘chef’s specials’ among each other. Cooking, however fun and enjoyable, can take a toll on your wallet - especially when the recipe calls for some obscure ingredient that you use once, and never again! Hence, here I share some easy recipes for budget-friendly dishes that will be a hit during your upcoming potluck event.
You'll find that these recipes:
● Cook for at least 4 (multiply the ingredients according to the number of your guests)
● Take less than 60 minutes to make
● Cost less than RM30
● Don’t require fancy-schmancy kitchen appliances
1. Tzatziki Yoghurt Dip
Image : Cookie and Kate
Budget : RM 30
Preparation time : 15 mins
Cook time : 15 mins
Tzatziki is basically made of yoghurt, cucumbers, garlic and lemon juice. It is a really simple dish to make, and is super apt for dinner parties because its finger food! I’m a big fan of my vegetables and this dip makes fresh vegetables a whole lot tastier. With people bringing the usual fried rice, noodles, and other filling main courses; this can be a good, healthy contribution to the snack table! It’s just a personal preference, but I like to use all-natural greek yoghurt in my dip, and to use Japanese cucumbers rather than the conventional ones. All you have to do is grate the cucumbers, drain it (to get rid of the moisture) and let rest for 5 mins before you mix all the remaining ingredients together.
Couple this with some sliced carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers or any veggies that tickle your fancy. Or, if your guests are more of a chips person, this serves as a refreshing dip for your tortilla chips, as opposed to ketchup or other store-bought sauces.
2. Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls
Budget : RM 25 Preparation time : 20 mins Cook time : 20 mins Recipe: https://www.recipetineats.com/vietnamese-rice-paper-rolls-spring-rolls/
This dish is a staple in Vietnamese restaurants - usually served as appetizers. Vietnamese rice paper rolls always look so tasty because of the bright colours and fresh flavours. Cooking this dish may look like a lot of work - but really, no “real cooking” is involved. You will have to boil your meats, but that's about it. To top it off, the dipping sauce only takes a minute to make.
There are many variations to this dish, and as the chef you decide what goes into these spring rolls. This recipe calls for prawns as the main filling, but you may replace it with shredded eggs, chicken or pork for a budget-friendlier dish.
3. Egg Frittatas
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Budget : RM 25 Preparation time : 20 mins Cook time : 20 mins Recipe: https://cookieandkate.com/best-frittata-recipe/
The name sounds like a fancy way of naming chunky-omelettes, but essentially egg frittatas are just the ultimate clean-out-the-fridge weekend recipe. I personally enjoy the harmony of flavors vegetables have to offer with the creaminess of the eggs. One ingredient i think is must-have in Egg Frittatas is ripened-cherry tomatoes! If done well, as you cook the tomatoes, it drains the moisture out of them, leaving you with umami-rich flavoured tomatoes. Frittatas are usually cooked in an oven, which I do not have, so I make my frittatas pan-fried; but the recipe provided allows for both cooking methods.
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Budget : RM 30
Preparation time: 10 mins Cook time : 15 mins Recipe: https://www.recipetineats.com/quesadilla/
Golden crispy tortilla, juicy seasoned filling, and molten cheese - these make up the criteria for the perfect plate of quesadillas. If you’re thinking of bringing something more savory that fills the tummy, this is your go-to. Quesadillas are really simple to make. What's important in this recipe is to ensure that you season and grill your meats well. What comes next is just an assembly of shredded chicken, sliced vegetables and mozzarella cheese! Then, all you have to do is grill it on a pan - and voila! - dinner is served.
There you have it folks, four simple and budget-friendly dishes for your upcoming weekend dinner parties. It doesn’t matter if you bring snacks, appetizers, or the main course, the secret ingredient to every dish is always one thing: love! A gathering is a good time for catching up and bonding, so as you feast on the food you’ve so lovingly prepared, be sure to have a great time with the people you cherish as well.
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