International potluck night at school

United States
March 22, 2011 10:24am CST
My girls came home with a flyer for International night at school. It looks so neat and others have raved about it. However, they want you to bring an ethnic dish of YOUR heritage to pass as well as dress up if possible. I hardly have money to feed my own household as it is. Nor do I know of any dishes that are of our heritage as I don't make any. I have no clue what I could or should make provided I had the funds to do this. And the one person who'd know something to make would of been my Grandmother and she died 14 yrs ago. As far as I know she did not have a cook book either; as she had told me I better write her recipes down before she dies and of course at the time I was a young adult busy going to school full time and working full time. *sigh* I'd feel like a stooge going and not bringing anything. Any one out there of German, Polish, French, Canadian, and English heritage that has any suggestions of something unique, simple, and inexpensive we could make?
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15 responses
• United States
22 Mar 11
I have several cookbooks so I am sure I can find you a recipe. Can you make homemade bread? With yeast? I think it is a french bread recipe and it takes very few ingrediants. Try to let me know soon. I am in the middle of learning algebra and am swampted with trying to learn something that is extremembly foreigh to me. In fact I just refered to it as "someone putting all the ingredients on the counter to make bread but didn't give you the recipe!"...so if you think the bread recipe would help you I can get it to you.
• United States
22 Mar 11
I've never made bread from scratch outside of banana and zucchini bread. If you have a moment it would be nice of you to pm me the one you have (as you know you can't post it here).
• United States
22 Mar 11
I taught a gal in the philippines how to make real homemade bread an cinnamon rolls from scratch so I think I can teach you. I think it depends on how the recipes are posted here if you can do it or not. I say this becaause I have posted them before and it was ok. but yes i will im you right now. Just got my cook book out and looked up the recipe. I don't think you will have any problem. Do you have a candy thermomenter?
• United States
22 Mar 11
No candy thermometer. I would think I'd have to go to a specialty cooking store for one of those. But you mentioned you can kinda tell if the temp is right w/ your finger. Thanks for your help.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
22 Mar 11
Hmm.. I don't think I'm any of those nationalities.. but, here's my ideas: Polish Keilbasa and perogies Canadians have poutine.. which is french fries, cheese curds and gravy.. so good!! Also Beaver Tails which is basically fried dough in the shape of a beaver tail. Can't think of anything else because I'm none of those nationalities.. I hope you're able to find some useful info here. If not, I have very close polish friends and very close Canadian friends.. so let me know if you want me to ask them for some ideas.
• United States
23 Mar 11
Poutine looks sinfully interesting..... and that would be easy to find cheese curds.
• United States
23 Mar 11
It was really good in Canada. They served it at our State Fair this year, and it wasn't nearly as good as it was in Canada.. but they have like hot dog stands at every street corner in Ottawa and each stand serves poutine, and there are some stands dedicated to just poutine or a cup of fries. Took us like 3 or 4 visits before we finally tried the poutine.. now of course we can't visit anymore since my friend moved further away and now they want passports to get into Canada.
• United States
23 Mar 11
Really? I'm surprised they don't have them here at our fair since we are known for cheese here and have anything under the sun fried. I had thought about if we wanted to drive up to Canada and go thru the U.P. of MI but between not having the funds and of course as you mentioned requiring passports not just ID's to go there makes it even more unlikely we'd go either.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
22 Mar 11
You can't go wrong with some German Potato Salad. All you need is a bag of potatoes, eggs, onions and I like to put bacon in mine,everything else you should have already {oil, vinegar, mayo}. Cook the potatoes,fry the onions together with the bacon, cook 2 or 3 eggs. Cut the potatoes mix the bacon and onions together with the potatoes add the eggs, Oil, vinegar and some mayo stir well and chill for a couple hours...Oh don't forget salt and pepper.
• United States
22 Mar 11
That is true. How silly I did not even think of this one on my own.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
22 Mar 11
English make pudding, which is breading with other stuff. Look up English pudding recipes and there is bound to be something that you can make cheaply that will taste great. For French, you can bring a loaf of French bread with some spinach dip or au jus sauce (meat broth) to dip it into. I think the Polish have some really delicious cabbage recipes--all of these are cheap and good! You can always go with a dessert like English tea cakes or other cookies and cakes from your origins.
• United States
22 Mar 11
Thanks for the ideas. I've never heard of actual "English Pudding" there's quite a few variations on it. And you know I was just at the store and I picked up some cabbage as my local Aldi happened to have them on special today .49 ea and I make pancit atleast once a week so they'll get used up. Maybe sooner if I find something good to try that's Polish. :0)
• United States
27 Mar 11
My grandmother was Dutch heritage and she baked and cooked for a very large family. Some common Dutch recipes are similar to daily American foods, including pancakes, Dutch apple pie, soft sugar cookies and molasses drop cookies. All these recipes can be found online. They may not sound exotic but they are part of the Dutch heritage. And, they are cheap to make.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
25 Mar 11
Taking a Polish angle here. This is relatively cheap. Polish sausage and kraut. It also covers the Canadian too. Two birds w one stone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kielbasa found this, may be helpful.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 Mar 11
For me German would be the easiest because of the fact that my husband spent half of his childhood in Germany. My personal favorite German dish is Sauerbraten, but it isn't easy or cheap to make. Another that we've eaten several times here is currywurst and that could be done fairly inexpensively. You would need some wurst and a curry sauce. You'd simply have to cook the wurst in the curry sauce, it would be an Americanized version, but it is good none the less.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
23 Mar 11
A wonderful opportunity to go on line to find a dish that will fit. Make only as much as your family would eat and it will cost you no more, after all your family will eat at the potluck that night. Sheppard's pie is good if you want you can make it veritarian or use ground beef. It's easy and cheap.
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
23 Mar 11
Hello, Did you try googling something one of the great things about the internet is there is always an answer to whatever qhestion you may have, you might find something really reasonable and easy to prepare good luck.
@noorhizat (209)
• Malaysia
23 Mar 11
Correct me if I'm wrong, Pancake with maple syrup. Its Canadian right.
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
22 Mar 11
English you could make beans on toast, shepherds pie, bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes) German bring saurerkraut. Just go to the grocery store and buy a can. I'd go with bringing sauerkraut. Just throw a can in a pot and heat it up. How easy is that?
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
22 Mar 11
Although I am half German half Irish, I don't cook at all so I couldn't help with that. I was thinking that you could do a search on some recipes, but I'm sure there are people that are from those places that could give you some good suggestions. I hope you are able to go and also bring something. Have a great week!
• United States
22 Mar 11
Something quick and inexpensive could be something like homemade salsa and chips. Most people like it as appetizers, I am known to munch on them for hours.
@34momma (13896)
• United States
22 Mar 11
make sheepards pie! chopped meat, sauce, and mashed potatoes. it's easy and cheap
@Joeyfish (239)
• United States
22 Mar 11
You could try crepes (french). Their pretty much thin pancakes and they are really delicious. Just careful not to burn them though.