Potluck parties might sound a little old fashioned in the modern times where dinners can be ordered at a click of a button, but they make a great way to cultivate team spirit and actually giving a personalised variety to office party spreads. This can also work great for smaller departments or companies where everyone will be able to sit down and have a nice homecooked meal together.
How to organize a potluck party? For one of your lunches (or dinners), each attendee has to bring a meal to the office, with some bringing appetisers, desserts, drinks, or even their family’s signature dish to wow the crowd. The office would need to prepare utensils and an open checklist they can put their name on to avoid having three employees bring salads. Below are 10 potluck ideas you can use to get the party started:-
- Deviled Eggs
Ah, an eggcellent choice for an appetizer that is easy to prepare and relish at parties. All you need is to separate the yolks from boiled eggs, whip them up with some mayo, mustard, and seasoning, and pipe them back into the hollow egg whites for an adorable treat!
- Cheese platter
For those who would spare the kitchen and but would still like to keep things fancy, a simple cheese platter would keep things classy. All you need is to buy at least one kind of cheese from the basic four categories of cheeses; the aged, soft, firm, and blue. Remember to label your cheese so you won’t end up spending the night reciting their names!
Suggestions for cheese names to search for according to their category would be:-
Aged: Aged Cheddar, Comte, Goat Gouda
Soft: Constant Bliss, Camembert, Brillat-Savarin
Firm: Manchego, Mimolette, Parmigiano-Reggiano
Blue: Gorgonzola Dolce, Valdeón, Stilton
- Corn Salad
A solid yet refreshing salad, corn salad comes with fresh corn, red onions, cucumbers, bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, parsley, and basil leaves. Add a dash of apple cider vinegar and you are good to go to light up some appetites.
- Fajita Wraps
Fajitas are actually easier to prepare than most would expect. All you need is to season chicken breasts with fajita seasoning and sauté onion and bell peppers before putting them together, and set aside some tortilla wraps for your colleagues to spoon however much they want. A bonus serving of salsa, mozzarella cheese, and sour cream would be great to incorporate into your make-your-own fajita bonanza!
- Spaghetti Aglio e Olio
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is good for those who are looking for something filling. For a vegetarian-friendly recipe, we found a ‘no-cook’ aglio recipe which only requires you to boil the spaghetti and not use the stove to cook it. All you would need besides that would be minced garlic, sea salt, black pepper, olive oil, and basil for garnishing.
- Sausage stuffed mushrooms
An appetizer or a side? Either way, we’re not complaining with this classic savoury mix. Besides the initial preparation, these are easy to pop in the oven for 20 minutes to cook and they are good to go.
- Scalloped Potatoes
Potatoes are the life of the party! Scalloped potatoes are easy to be cooked once lined up in a casserole. Besides the basic pepper, paprika and salt, you can also pour over some chicken broth for added flavour.
- Easy Brownies
A sugary treat for a special occasion would be great to have at parties. These classic choices might require a little bit of time, but is absolutely worth the effort. Remember to cut them into bite-sized portions, lest the office breaks into a fight for it.
- No-bake Nutella Triple Decker Sandwich
Elegent? Check. Easy? Check. Delicious? There’s Nutella in it, need we say more? All you need to do is spread Nutella on crackers to create a triple-decker sandwich, dip the edges in melted chocolate, and sprinkle some edible pearls for a dazzling result.
- Mango and Coconut Jelly
A tropical dessert is a delight to have in the comforts of the office. It is also a foolproof recipe for those who aren’t good with the skillet. All you would need is mango puree and coconut milk mixed into agar agar mixture separately, and carefully layered atop each other.
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