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Our friends at Mealku, an NYC-based marketplace for creative home cooks, are sponsoring this article on go-to meals that travel well.
We've all been there. Someone invites you to a cocktail party, a potluck, a birthday bash for your best friend's uncle's cat -- and you're asked to "bring something." You know a handful of people will be faithfully camped out by the snack table all night, enthusiastically inhaling somebody's fig bruschetta while shunning somebody else's cold bean dip. Your every move will be instagrammed. You can't mess this one up.
So the pressure's on. You know you can't bring your favorite arugula salad because by the time you get there, the leaves will have collapsed and turned to mush. Red meat and pork are tricky because reheating runs the risk of overcooking them. Your great aunt Francine's boozy soufflé can't make it five minutes out of the oven without caving in, let alone a car/subway/bike/rollerblade ride. And you're not the kind of person that can "just bring a nice bottle of wine" and be done with it.
We know. We've been to that same cat birthday party too. To save you from eternal social media embarrassment, we've compiled nine crowd-pleasing recipes that are sturdy enough to withstand a little throwing around and will still look presentable after a few container-transfers. Some, like the Cambodian-Style Spring Rolls and the Yoghurt Spinach Dip, are great served chilled and don't even need to be reheated. Others, like the Eggplant Parmesan and the Mujaddara, are hardy enough to be carelessly warmed over a low flame while you're busy impressing everyone with your beer-opening skills. You're the life of the party. You're welcome.
More: Throw your own gathering with a step-by-step guide to a Ratatouille Party.
This article was brought to you by Mealku.