There are few occurrences more crushing—in the scheme of party foods, at least—than finishing a perfectly executed, complex recipe, only to realize you have zero idea how to transport it to your target event. (Say, your neighbor's annual Chrismakkuh party.)
I speak from experience. This happens every year with my mom's "angel pie"—a lemon curd and whipped cream number that's nested in a meringue crust so fragile, it quakes at a distant sneeze. We've tried packing it into a cardboard box and surrounding it with an elaborate packing peanut-crumpled paper situation, using a dish towel pulley system to free it at the potluck. We've tried walking it places at a snail's place. We've even tried strapping it into a car seat, like a newborn.
This year, I propose we try something new: keep the delicate pie at home (more for us, anyway!) and pack something super easy to transport for the holiday party circuit. From extra-swoosh-y dips and ornate cheeseballs to baked pastas and brown butter blondies, we've got lots of options for recipes that travel so well, you'd think they were a lifestyle blogger.
Ella Quittner is a contributing writer and the Absolute Best Tests columnist at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.