You have been invited to a potluck and are having difficulty figuring out what to contribute. It’s especially hard because it will be a mixed crowd: foodies, traditionalists and even a few picky kids. What you need are some sure-fire potluck winners that will make everyone happy.
WARM SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP AND FRESH BREAD
Okay, not everyone is in love with spinach artichoke dip, at least in principle. However, make it with enough cheese and serve it hot from the crock pot, and virtually everyone will at least give it a try. Health nuts will appreciate your effort to contribute veggies; comfort food lovers will revel in the smooth deliciousness of the dip. The most finicky people of all will, at the very least, enjoy the crusty bread.
Wings are one of the easiest and most popular potluck offerings, partly because they can be made in so many different ways. If your crowd is into vinegary spiciness, cook up a batch of Buffalo-style wings. On the other hand, you can appease those with a taste for the East with your very own ginger, garlic and soy sauce-marinated version. There’s just something about chicken wings that says “party”, and you can’t go wrong by bringing a batch. Even if someone beat you to the punch, we’re pretty sure that you won’t have many left to take home at the end of the day.
Broccoli is nutritious and works well in numerous hot and cold preparations. Even the kids will probably enjoy it if you bring it in the form of broccoli salad with bacon and cheese, which goes a long way toward masking the “veggie” taste of the broccoli. If the winter winds are whipping around outside, consider serving your salad heated or even as a topping for baked potato wedges or potato skins.
CHIPS AND SALSA
With just a few minutes, a handful of ingredients and a blender, you can make your own tangy, low-calorie salsa. Serve it on pita or corn chips, with bread or even as a topping for rice or quinoa.
When people are walking around mingling at a busy social occasion, finger foods are the way to go. Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with a treat that will remind many guests of their own childhoods. It’s a simple matter to mix up the batter for banana or gingerbread, throw it in a loaf pan and transport it to the social event. It’s so delicious on its own that it doesn’t even need butter. For a little extra pizzazz, augment your plain dough with nuts, raisins or cranberries.
What potluck dinner would be complete without chocolate? Brownies are easy to make and are a universal favorite. To lower the guilt level of some of your more health-conscious friends, cut a few into smaller squares. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, bring along some ice-cream as the perfect accompaniment.
Potlucks give everyone at the party a chance to show off their favorite dish or recipe. They also take much of the burden off the host. Bring one of these easy and delicious items, and we guarantee that you will be the hit of your next bash.