It’s great to be invited somewhere for a dinner party or event, but when someone asks you to ‘Bring A Plate’ the mind goes blank. What should you bring?
Luckily, we are here to help. We’ve compiled a list of 30 of our favourite ‘Bring A Plate’ fallbacks, from finger food to favourites at potluck dinners, to delightful desserts. There are even recipes to our favourite versions of each option, so you have no excuses!
1. Spring Rolls/Rice Paper Rolls
Whether you choose to deep fry these little babies, or serve them as rice paper rolls full of fresh and colourful ingredients, they are a winner. Start with this Vegetarian Rice Paper Roll recipe, but feel free to add chicken, beef strips, or prawns!
2. Chicken Wings/Legs
Easy to hold and easy to eat, chicken wings or chicken drumsticks are a great finger food, and always a hit with kids and adults at any event. The ones we love are these Oven Roasted Orange Chicken Drumsticks, or these Honey Soy Chicken ones.
Sliders, a.k.a. mini hamburgers, are a simple way to bring something super cool to your next BYO Plate event. While they aren’t traditional sliders, we love these Mini Hot Dog Sliders.
4. Mini Quiches
6. Sausage Rolls
If you’ve never made your own sausage rolls before, let us tell you that they are so easy to put together. Some of our favourite recipes include basic Homemade Sausage Rolls, and the yummy Chicken and Vegetable Sausage Rolls.
Sushi gets a bad rap for being complicated, but it really isn’t when you put all the different parts together. It’s great for ‘Bring a Plate’ events, and we like these Summer Sushi Rolls.
8. Devilled Eggs
Devilled Eggs are probably one of the ultimate ‘Bring A Plate’ recipes, and they’re really easy to do with minimal planning. The recipes we like best are the classic Devilled Eggs, and the Sweet Chili and Bacon variety.
9. Cob Loaf
10. Mini Pizza
Pizza is great, but make it a finger food and it’s even better. Use our fantastic 2-Ingredient Greek Yoghurt Pizza Dough recipe, and top with whatever takes your fancy!
Quiche is such a simple recipe, and always a winner because it can be served hot or cold and offers variety and flexibility. We suggest trying our Autumn Asparagus and Bacon Quiche for something different.
12. Potato Bake
Cheap and cheerful, the potato bake is a great ‘Bring A Plate’ dish. Did you know you can make one in your slow cooker? Check out our Slow Cooker Potato Bake recipe to see how!
A winner with kids and adults, lasagne is great for events where you need to bring a plate because you can make it the day before and just heat it when you arrive. We think our Pumpkin, Spinach and Ricotta Lasagne is a twist on the classic.
You can’t beat the casserole for variety and hearty flavour. These can feed an army with little work from you. We recommend our Cheesy Damper-Topped Chicken Casserole, or our Frugal Sausage Casserole.
For something fresh and flavourful, a salad is a great choice. These are easy to make for a large group, and we have heaps of recipes to share. Start with this Delectable Ham, Pear and Parmesan Salad, or our Watermelon Salad!
16. Pasta Bake
17. Mild Curry
Many Australians love a good curry, but it’s smart to keep it mild if you’re sharing with many. Our Slowcooked Chicken and Chickpea Curry, or our Frugal Slowcooked Curried Sausages, are both good choices.
19. Fried Rice
Turnovers are the absolute best option if you’re left making your dish a little too late. These Apple Turnovers take about 30-40 minutes to do, and the recipe can be easily doubled to feed more!
23. Baked Donuts
You don’t want to be messing around with a vat of oil, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have doughnuts. Try these Vanilla and Cranberry Baked Doughnuts, or these Spiced ‘Almost Healthy’ Vanilla Doughnuts.
We are constantly blown away by the sheer volume of cheesecake variety out there, which makes it a great bring-along dish. Have a look at this Decadent Vanilla Bean Cheesecake or this Baked Oreo Cheesecake Slice.
SAHM loves a good fudge, and our recipe collection sure has a few earmarked. They’re ideal for sharing, particularly our Rocky Road Fudge (a hit with kids) or our Choc Mint Fudge (fancier than it appears).
26. Cake Pops
For those who really want to impress at their next ‘Bring a Plate’ event, cake pops really do make an impression. If you aren’t sure how to make them, check out our How To Make Cake Pops article!
There’s so much more to brownies than meets the eye, and we should know because we’ve eaten so many. For BYO plate events, we love these Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies, and these Can’t F*ck It Up Chocolate Brownies.
Think it’s not that fancy to bring fruit to a ‘Bring a Plate’ event? You’ll think again when you see this incredible Watermelon Cake!
Do you have other ideas on what to bring to a BYO Plate event?