Not only do I love to entertain, but some of my friends also share my passion. As a group of entertaining enthusiasts who all love to cook, sometimes we just want to contribute in some way. Generally when I host I’ll prepare everything including an appetizer, salad, entree, sides & dessert, but it’s also fun to host a themed gathering where everyone brings their favorite dish – aka a potluck! Years of dry dishes & office parties may have given the name a negative connotation, but I think it’s time to revisit the concept in a fresh way!
All too often we feel we have to have an excuse to entertain. I think we should make more excuses to entertain! Hosting a potluck is a great way to keep it simple where you can relax & enjoy your guests.
I enjoy hosting dinners with a theme – chili night, taco bar, you name it. Selecting a theme helps keep a potluck dinner cohesive so the flavors blend well together.
Who doesn’t love a little competition? Have guests compete for the best dish! Let guests know the theme & give them a general idea of what to bring, i.e.: appetizer, side, or dessert on the invitation. As the hostess, I always provide the entree.
Let the games begin! I miss hosting game night – in fact, I think I’m ready to bring it back!
Learn how to keep kids occupied and some great recipes, including these beautiful cornbread muffins! You can make them from scratch in less time than it takes to preheat the oven!
I put my own little twist on this amazing cornbread recipe by using fresh ingredients and shredding a block of cheddar. These would definitely win a potluck award!
You may also love this Homemade Cornbread!
You can get more easy Quick Breads made with staples here!
Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins
- 1 cup butter melted
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 jalapeños seeded and diced reserving 12 sliced
- 1/2 cup cheddar freshly shredded
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or line muffin tin with paper liners.
- In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, corn meal, baking powder and salt.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine milk, butter and eggs.
- Gradually add wet mixture into dry mixture until just combined.
- Fold in jalapeños and cheddar.
- Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, fill muffin tins to the top. Add a jalapeño slice to the top of each one.
- Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.