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Title: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: jedikaiti on November 26, 2013, 02:56:06 PM
The office holiday potluck (desserts & hearty appetizers) is rapidly approaching, and I have no idea what to bring. Suggestions? Ideas? Seafood dip?
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: GlitterIsMyDrug on November 26, 2013, 02:58:37 PM
The office holiday potluck (desserts & hearty appetizers) is rapidly approaching, and I have no idea what to bring. Suggestions? Ideas? Seafood dip?

Bring it! Bring it and laugh harder then anyone else in the office and make them think you're a bit mad! Actually suggest someone else bring it and then laugh.

I usually bring plates or ice or drinks. So I'm of little help. Though everyone likes cookies.

Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: workerbee on November 26, 2013, 02:59:41 PM
My go-to potluck dish is a crock pot full of those cocktail meatballs. Frozen meatballs, Heinz chili sauce, can of jellied cranberries. Done! They
disappear quickly.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 26, 2013, 03:03:19 PM
One of the hits last year at our pot luck was a skewer with a grape tomato, Italian salami, ball of mozzarella or boccancini (sp?) with basil leaves and drizzled with balsamic vinegrette.  Delicious.

Someone else did pulled pork sliders.

I usually do homemade bread or rolls but then, we have a full out meal potluck.

Glitter, bringing the plates is a great way to contibute if you aren't into cooking/baking.  One of the guys in my office often brings 3 or 4 2L bottles of varied sodas, which is also a great addition.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: jedikaiti on November 26, 2013, 03:16:36 PM
Plates and bevvies are provided for us - partially funded by $ contributions to the party fund by those unable or disinclined to bring food. I should have mentioned that I am trying to avoid crock pot dishes, as I'm not sure what the power outlet situation will be. Perhaps I will do an assortment of little cookies. Or from-scratch pumpkin pie (since I'm not making it for Thanksgiving this year). Or a yule log - I make rather a good one. Or I could contribute to the appetizers (we always need more of those) but I have no idea what to do for that.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Amara on November 26, 2013, 03:39:32 PM
Or a plate of various cheeses, crackers, breads and grapes.

Don't forget the cheese knife.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Lynnv on November 26, 2013, 04:14:00 PM
Cheese and crackers always goes well.  Olives can be a good add on.

There are very few gatherings where deviled eggs are not a good addition.

Usually someone brings a veggie tray, but a fruit tray can be a nice change for those trying to cut down on calories.

Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: rose red on November 26, 2013, 04:38:35 PM
I once brought apple slices and was surprised at how big a hit they were. 

Someone once brought in a pizza sliced into little squares.  She thought people can nibble on it for lunch, but they were gone within the morning hour ;D. 

Spinach dip with bagel chips are also good and easy.  So are pinwheel sandwiches.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on November 26, 2013, 05:35:14 PM
One of my coworkers forgot it was potluck luncheon day and found out when she arrived at the office.  She ran out and bought a box of clementines - those little, seedless, mandarin type oranges.  They were a huge hit; very few were left at the end.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Betelnut on November 26, 2013, 06:35:37 PM
Super brownies:

1 package of chocolate cookie dough, pressed out into a pan;
Oreo cookies arranged on top of cookie dough, single layer;
Prepare brownie mix from directions on package and pour onto the cookie dough/Oreo layer.
Bake.

Delicious!
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Minmom3 on November 26, 2013, 08:50:49 PM
Glazed carrots - sauce is butter, brown sugar & dijon mustard.

Chicken wing drummettes - sauce is equal parts Worcestershire and Pico Pica hot sauce.  (It's a really lazy but yummy dish to make)

Big green salad with home made vinaigrette dressing.  The only real work is your chopping prep work.

Pot pie - Use ALL the left overs in the fridge, make the white sauce using a meat broth, and make a pie crust to go on top (with vent holes).  I never have to take home more than the pan.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Luci on November 26, 2013, 09:00:24 PM
I usually take a veggie platter with at least 2 dips.

Many people really appreciate a lighter option, and the veggies can be used for other dips and spreads - ssen it done lots of times.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: cwm on November 27, 2013, 09:21:49 AM
This year I'm bringing a chocolate pecan pie. I'm already making two for other various celebrations, and adding a third isn't that hard, so why not?

I've also been known to bring homemade cinnamon rolls, but I love all the effort and work that goes into making them, so it's not so bad for me. I really enjoy baking.

I posted a beer and cheese dip in the recipes thread a while ago, it's always been a hit around my office.

And of course, if you feel confident enough that you can get an outlet, chili or soup. It's the perfect weather for it.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: ladyknight1 on November 27, 2013, 02:36:53 PM
A big pot of cheese dip to go with bread, chips, vegetables, grapes and apples, pretzels, you name it!
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: sweetonsno on November 27, 2013, 10:36:19 PM
Fondue in a little Crockpot/slow cooker? There are lots of kinds of fondues. Cheese, marinara, chili-cheese… I bet people would like that. I'd avoid a hot oil fondue for obvious reasons, but the other ones are probably okay.

If your coworkers usually are good about bringing dippables, maybe bring some dips beyond the usual ranch and salsa. Guacamole's often a winner (I'd stick to a simple recipe, as not everyone is enraptured with bacon and cilantro), hummus or a Tex-Mex bean dip would be good, tapenade or pesto. If you're worried about there being enough stuff for dipping, plain crostini would solve the problem nicely.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: BigBadBetty on November 28, 2013, 08:05:22 PM
If there is enough people participating, don't be afraid to bring something interesting. I brought Thai squash curry and vegan spicy chili. Both times, it was devoured. They aren't to everyone's taste, but there are enough people like me who are relieved to find something outside the normal stuff. Even though both were vegetarian items, most of the people eating it were not vegetarian. My go-to dessert is brownies with peanut butter frosting: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Brownies-with-Peanut-Butter-Frosting-109715
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Miss Tickle on November 28, 2013, 09:23:17 PM
Chickpea salad!

Super easy to make, vegan (or not, as you wish), keeps for days so you can make ahead, no special prep required on site, easy to transport and serve, colourful, flavourful and healthy!
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: RubyCat on November 29, 2013, 07:36:35 AM
Last potluck at work, I brought meatballs and I was surprised how much my coworkers liked them because they were very simple.  I try to keep a batch of cooked homemade meatballs in the freezer as well as some cooked Italian sausage. I put them in the crockpot the night before with 3 smallish jars of pasta sauce and cooked them on low all night. Lugging the crockpot into work the next day was the hardest part. No leftovers.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: AuntieA on December 01, 2013, 04:19:56 AM
For apps - I think Outdoor Girl's suggestion is excellent, especially if you can get large sprigs of rosemary (or small peeled juniper twigs)  to use as skewers.

Or you can try this:

Edamamole

1/2 cup fresh or frozen edamame, out of the pods
2 broccoli stalks, peeled
1/2 small purple onion OR 2 green onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1-2 ripe avocados, peeled & pitted
juice of 1 lime
salt to taste
1 tomato, chopped (optional)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

- cook edamame and broccoli in boiling salted water for a few minutes, until very tender. Drain and rinse well with cold water
- put edamame, broccoli, onion, garlic, and jalapeno in food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- add avocado, lime juice, and salt and pulse until smooth.
-transfer to a bowl and stir in the tomato and cilantro (if using)
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Venus193 on December 01, 2013, 02:51:41 PM
Cold cajun shrimp and cocktail sauce.
Quiche, because you can eat it hot or cold.
Stuffed vine leaves (they're labor-intensive, though)
Cereal bars with peanut butter and Cocoa Pebbles

Those are my best ones.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Library Dragon on December 01, 2013, 03:07:50 PM
My go-to potluck dish is a crock pot full of those cocktail meatballs. Frozen meatballs, Heinz chili sauce, can of jellied cranberries. Done! They disappear quickly.

I'm stealing this!  We are having a party for someone graduating this month with her library degree.  I'm always stuck on simple things to serve. 
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Outdoor Girl on December 01, 2013, 04:31:58 PM
Good quality shrimp rings are always a hit at any pot luck.  They might be a bit pricey but they make up for it on time spent preparing something.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: hannahmollysmom on December 02, 2013, 01:31:37 AM
My go to is cocktail hotdogs.

2 lbs hot dogs, quartered.
1 c brown sugar
1 c ketchup
1/2 c whiskey

All ingredients in crock pot for about 6 hours on low.  Yummy and easy!
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Venus193 on December 02, 2013, 05:57:44 AM
Good quality shrimp rings are always a hit at any pot luck.  They might be a bit pricey but they make up for it on time spent preparing something.

Absolutely.  I do them myself, but I get them cleaned at the store and take the shells to make stock from.  I boil the shrimp in the stock and they taste so much better than the cooked ones available that are boiled in plain water.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 02, 2013, 10:40:37 AM
Layered dips. You can do a Mediterranean one with hummus, pesto, cream cheese, tapenade and serve with crostini or pita chips.

Tex-Mex one with beans, sour cream, guacamole, then toppings and serve with tortilla chips.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: workerbee on December 02, 2013, 02:20:06 PM
My go-to potluck dish is a crock pot full of those cocktail meatballs. Frozen meatballs, Heinz chili sauce, can of jellied cranberries. Done! They disappear quickly.

I'm stealing this!  We are having a party for someone graduating this month with her library degree.  I'm always stuck on simple things to serve.

Just took it to a gathering this past weekend and it was a hit! (as usual  :P)
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Hmmmmm on December 02, 2013, 02:23:57 PM
Since the OP said she is looking for non-crockpot items, I'd like to suggest a cheese ball and crackers.
And for something slightly different from a standard one, this one was a crowd pleaser. A co-worker sent me a link to the recipe after she brought it to our Tday potluck.

http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/appetizer/cheese-appetizer/pepper-jack-cheese-ball.html (http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/appetizer/cheese-appetizer/pepper-jack-cheese-ball.html)
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: jedikaiti on December 03, 2013, 12:31:16 PM
Well, the end decision was cash.  ;D

We closed on a house on Wednesday and moving has not been as expedient as expected. So I'm just doing a cash contribution this year, and am bookmarking this thread for next year's party. :-)

Thanks, everyone!
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Bobbie on December 04, 2013, 08:03:20 PM
Ham-cream cheese-pickled asparagus roll ups

Take the rectangle ham (I get mine at Costco, in fact I get all his stuff at Costco)

Cream cheese (I use the stuff in the tub, easier to spread)

Pickled asparagus (in a jar)

spread cream cheese on ham, put asparagus spear (dry with paper towel) on lengthwise, roll
cut in half for more portions

you can also use regulars pickles, but will have to quarter so they are thin

Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Firecat on December 05, 2013, 02:17:00 PM
If you want a dessert option for next year (or for another party this holiday season), try these salted caramel butter bars: http://cookiesandcups.com/dont-hate-me-because-im-butter-ful/ (http://cookiesandcups.com/dont-hate-me-because-im-butter-ful/).

They are AMAZING...I've brought them to several things (both work and social), and the most common reactions to the first bite are either "CRUD MONKEYS!!" or "I hate you" (the latter usually said with a full mouth as the speaker has shoved the rest of the bar into his/her mouth...)
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: gingerzing on December 05, 2013, 02:43:56 PM
Well, that makes it easy. 

For others that may be reading for ideas...

Non-slow cooker ideas appetizers-
*Pickle tray. In my house this is part of what you bring with the vegetable tray.  Sweet pickles minis/Dill pickle spears/olives (black and/or green or something more fancy)/Spiced Apple Rings/Pickled beets. 
*Deviled eggs go over really well (as long as you have a way to keep them cold before serving)
*The tiny clementines are a great idea.  Or any fruit like grapes or apple slices.
*Bite-size quiches (can be made a day or two ahead)
http://www.porkbeinspired.com/RecipeDetail/1626/Ham_and_Green_Chile_Bite_Size_Quiche.aspx
*Another skewer snack would be a Cuban Appetizer - a small skewer with a cubed ham, cubed Swiss cheese, mini dill pickles, thin sliced pork chop (or cubed) and have a mustard dip for it.
*Scones/Biscuits - sweet (chocolate chips or apple cinnamon) or savory (bacon with cheddar or basil and parmasan.)
 

Great now I am hungry.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: sweetonsno on December 06, 2013, 02:05:00 AM
Well, that makes it easy. 

For others that may be reading for ideas...

Non-slow cooker ideas appetizers-
*Pickle tray. In my house this is part of what you bring with the vegetable tray.  Sweet pickles minis/Dill pickle spears/olives (black and/or green or something more fancy)/Spiced Apple Rings/Pickled beets
*Deviled eggs go over really well (as long as you have a way to keep them cold before serving)
*The tiny clementines are a great idea.  Or any fruit like grapes or apple slices.
*Bite-size quiches (can be made a day or two ahead)
http://www.porkbeinspired.com/RecipeDetail/1626/Ham_and_Green_Chile_Bite_Size_Quiche.aspx
*Another skewer snack would be a Cuban Appetizer - a small skewer with a cubed ham, cubed Swiss cheese, mini dill pickles, thin sliced pork chop (or cubed) and have a mustard dip for it.
*Scones/Biscuits - sweet (chocolate chips or apple cinnamon) or savory (bacon with cheddar or basil and parmasan.)
 

Great now I am hungry.

I would probably wind up eating a quarter of this by myself. I love pickled stuff.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Venus193 on December 06, 2013, 07:00:55 AM
Re the pickled tray, gardinera is a great addition and either inexpensive to buy or easy to make.

Save the brine from a jar of your favorite pickles and put cut celery, cauliflower, and carrots into it.  Store for a week in the fridge.  Delish.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: gingerzing on December 06, 2013, 09:52:18 AM
Re the pickled tray, gardinera is a great addition and either inexpensive to buy or easy to make.

Save the brine from a jar of your favorite pickles and put cut celery, cauliflower, and carrots into it.  Store for a week in the fridge.  Delish.

Totally forgot about that.  That stuff is great. 
Yeah, my grown niece and I ate about a third of the olives over Thanksgiving. (there were 2 cans of black and 1 jar of green) 
One of DH's aunts use to make pickled green beans.  YUM.
And I have a friend that does spiced/pickled pumpkin that is delish.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Mikayla on December 06, 2013, 01:06:25 PM
My go-to potluck dish is a crock pot full of those cocktail meatballs. Frozen meatballs, Heinz chili sauce, can of jellied cranberries. Done! They disappear quickly.

I'm stealing this!  We are having a party for someone graduating this month with her library degree.  I'm always stuck on simple things to serve.

I concur!  I personally am not a fan, but I did wedding catering in grad school, and these were always something I recommended and always the first to go.  (When I say "these" I mean any variation on sweet/savory meatballs).

OP, if your office has a kitchen, I'd think there'd be power strips or something available to keep things like this warm if there aren't enough outlets.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: lowspark on December 06, 2013, 02:40:32 PM
Another great E-Z sauce for meatballs is ketchup & beer. I know it sounds icky but it's delicious. I don't remember the exact amounts but about 1:1.

And another way-to-easy but popular item is little smokies in bbq sauce.

Also, a cheese plate. Don't bother cutting up the cheese, just put whole blocks of cheese, three to five blocks of different kinds of cheese, depending on the number attending, with a knife for each block and a couple different kinds of crackers. Again, very little work but very popular.

Or the crowd-pleasing cream cheese block covered with jelly. Jalepeno jelly or any hot (spicy) jelly works best but I've seen it done with just about any kind or with salsa. Serve with crackers.

If you have a crock pot, melted velveeta with rotel is always a hit. I haven't made it in a long time but I used to throw in chopped onions and a can of chili (no beans). Serve with fritos or tortilla chips. People love the stuff.

Can you tell, I'm all about simple/easy? Actually if it's my own party, I usually do a couple of elaborate (read: labor intensive and impressive) items and fill in the rest with super easy stuff.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: bopper on December 13, 2013, 09:14:15 AM
My DD's favorite dessert to bring:

Big tub of Nestle's tollhouse cookie mix
Family size brownie mix
Oreos


Take  9x13 pan.  Line it with parchment paper.
On the bottom layer, put all the cookie dough.
Then layer with oreos.
Then make brownie mix as directed and pour over the top. 
Bake a t 350 for 45 min.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Betelnut on December 13, 2013, 09:34:05 AM
My DD's favorite dessert to bring:

Big tub of Nestle's tollhouse cookie mix
Family size brownie mix
Oreos


Take  9x13 pan.  Line it with parchment paper.
On the bottom layer, put all the cookie dough.
Then layer with oreos.
Then make brownie mix as directed and pour over the top. 
Bake a t 350 for 45 min.

I posted the same recipe!  (Post #9)

Great minds (er, stomachs?) think alike!
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Missy2U on December 13, 2013, 04:19:18 PM
I make Oreo Truffles (http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/easy-oreo-truffles-95085.aspx) every year - they are a big hit.  And SO, SO simple.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: jedikaiti on December 13, 2013, 04:27:47 PM
It reminds me of the Dirt Pudding that was very popular at my high school.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 13, 2013, 05:05:41 PM
I make Oreo cheesecake truffles and Nutter Butter cheesecake truffles.
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: DollyPond on December 14, 2013, 11:21:23 AM

Or the crowd-pleasing cream cheese block covered with jelly. Jalepeno jelly or any hot (spicy) jelly works best but I've seen it done with just about any kind or with salsa. Serve with crackers.


Another topping for the cream cheese is a bottle of Pickapeppa sauce (http://www.pickapeppa.com (http://www.pickapeppa.com)) with some pineapple preserves mixed in.  It comes out sweet and hot.  It LOOKS awful but tastes great!  I have even put a sign on the dish saying "I know it looks bad but just taste it you will really like it."
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Hmmmmm on December 14, 2013, 11:34:00 AM

Or the crowd-pleasing cream cheese block covered with jelly. Jalepeno jelly or any hot (spicy) jelly works best but I've seen it done with just about any kind or with salsa. Serve with crackers.


Another topping for the cream cheese is a bottle of Pickapeppa sauce (http://www.pickapeppa.com (http://www.pickapeppa.com)) with some pineapple preserves mixed in.  It comes out sweet and hot.  It LOOKS awful but tastes great!  I have even put a sign on the dish saying "I know it looks bad but just taste it you will really like it."
I thought my BIL was the only one to do this. And I must say, it's the only use of Pickapeppa sauce I've ever seen. I think I'm going to go research how other's use it.
I thought my b

I thought my
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: scarlett on December 14, 2013, 12:53:33 PM
Okay, thread jacking here. I need a warm appetizer for my office pot-luck next Saturday. Crock pot is good. any ideas?
Title: Re: What to bring for office holiday potluck?
Post by: Hmmmmm on December 14, 2013, 02:08:51 PM
I haven't made it but I just came across this twist on meatballs and it sounds wonderful.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/quick-shrimp-chowder-10000000569452/ (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/quick-shrimp-chowder-10000000569452/)

This is an excellent crab dip. You can either bake and move to a crockpot to stay warm or you can mix up the night before, put in the crockpot, and then once at the office turn to  low and cook for 2 to 3 hours till hot once you get to the office.
Lemoned Crabmeat
Alice Craig
Appeared in 1st Junior League of Houston Cookbook.
1 pound crabmeat
Juice of one lemon
1 medium onion, minced
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons flour (scant)
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
dash white pepper
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (or more)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
buttered breadcrumbs
paprika
Marinate crabmeat in lemon juice while you prepare the rest of the
recipe. Cook onion and green pepper in butter until transparent. Stir in
flour; gradually add milk. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until
mixture is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add salt, mustard,
pepper, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce. Fold in crabmeat. Spoon
into baking dish. Top with buttered bread crumbs;
sprinkle with paprika. Bake in 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes