Think of this crispy leek-topped looker of a dish as an elegant and crunchy take on green bean casserole. The green beans are sauteéd with lemon zest for acidity in every bite—transport the leek topping separately to minimize sogginess.
This is the unicorn potluck dish, the one that actually gets better on transport. A maple vinaigrette tenderizes the tough and hearty kale leaves and softens their bite—toss the salad with it just before leaving the house (or up to thirty minutes ahead) and the salad will only get better on your journey.
Sweet honey-glazed carrots are dressed with an acidic herb gremolata of dill and lemon juice. Roast the carrots at home and transport the topping in a separate container for dressing the vegetables on arrival. And don't worry about reheating: These carrots taste amazing at room temperature.
This creamy cheese-filled potato casserole gets melty in the middle and brown on top in the oven. A pastry bag with a star tip provides the golden brown finishing touch. The only tough part? Begging your host for some oven space for a quick reheat.
Shaved goat cheese provides a creamy finishing touch in this salad, which balances arugula's bite with squash's meaty flavor and buttery texture. Keep your greens sturdy by carrying the dressing in a separate container and tossing the salad when you get to the party.