Since November, my friends and I have been taking turns hosting our Magical Traveling Vegan Potluck once a month. Well, almost every month. It was my turn to host in March, but my weekends were just too busy. So we skipped March, and I had my potluck this past weekend. My friends are all bomb-ass vegan cooks, but I really think we all outdid ourselves this time.
I've been itching to pull out the deep fryer for some time, but I really can't bring myself to do it when it's just for little old me. This potluck sounded like the perfect opportunity to make a batch of the Fried Macaroni & Cheese Balls from Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites:
First, you make a delicious cream cheese and nooch-based macaroni and cheese. Then, you form it into small balls and place those balls in the freezer overnight. The next day, they're battered, fried, and dipped in marinara. I could have eaten this whole plate!
Stephanie (a.k.a. Poopie Bitch on the PPK) brought Pizza Rolls!! You know, like cinnamon rolls with pizza stuff (marinara, Daiya mozzarella, vegan sausage). I would eat these over cinnamon rolls any day!
Mike brought THE WORLD'S BEST VEGAN QUESO. Oh yes, it was really the best! He just melted Daiya cheddar with Ro-Tel and a little almond milk in a Crock Pot. It has the same exact consistency as the Rotel dip I remember from my childhood. This will be my new go-to queso recipe.
Greg brought his famous Tofu Chicken Nuggets. He made these for the last potluck too, and they were a huge hit.
And Greg also brought Vegan Lox and Bagels. Now, I've never had real lox, and I never liked fish, so this kelp powder-based lox spread kinda freaked me out. It tasted so real that I couldn't eat more than a few bites. I'm pretty sure I'm not a fan of kelp.
Misti brought a yummy Pasta Salad. She's not a vegan, and I think this may been her first vegan potluck! I'm so proud of her for whipping up a delicious vegan dish!
It was Cassi's first vegan potluck too. And guess what she made? Vegan Jello Shots in cute-ass little lime rinds! They look like tiny watermelons. She Facebook-messaged me on the day before the potluck asking where she could find vegan jello, and I had no idea what she was up too. Ha! These were spiked with vodka!
For dessert, I had to make more use of that deep fryer. So I made the Maple Bacon Donuts from Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites. The donuts are flavored with real maple syrup and maple extract, and they're sprinkled with bacon bits! Biting into one was like biting into a waffle coated with maple syrup and bacon on the side.
Leslie brought a Fruit Pizza! It had a lemon cookie crust, a layer of cream cheese, and bananas, strawberries, and blackberries. This was a refreshing healthier treat after all that deep fried stuff and fake cheese:
And a potluck just isn't a potluck with a batch of Stephanie's cupcakes. This time, she made mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Cherry Buttercream. These were so moist and awesome. Stephanie is the world's best baker, just fyi.
Well, that's it. I'm pretty sure my friends and I have the best vegan potlucks in the world.