Last-Minute Potluck

by | Nov 27, 2018

Dear Kelley,

My manager at work had a last-minute idea to have a holiday potluck at work … tomorrow! I have no idea what to make/bring, and I don’t have much time to prepare anything. I’m a pretty good cook and I have a tendency to go overboard for a potluck trying to impress everyone with my skills (ahem, slow cooked ribs helloo). I don’t what to kill myself but I also don’t want to see any leftovers in my dish at the end of the day! Can you recommend anything for me to make? Or should I swallow my pride and just pick up something … (cringe) … store-bought?

I’m not crazy about potlucks. I think if you’re going to have a party, buy some dang food. But ok, it happens.

The biggest thing to think about with a potluck is how will it hold up to (probably) not being able to re-heat it. One nice idea is roasted Brussels sprouts, which can be dotted with goat cheese, some pomegranate seeds, and a drizzle of reduced balsamic vinegar. It will look festive and fancy, and still taste good at room temp.

A fresh fruit salad can be nice as well, since a lot of potluck dishes can be very heavy. You can fancy it up with some chopped mint, and garnish with a few sprigs on top.

Finally, a nice cheese and charcuterie board with some fresh crusty bread is a nice choice. Add some nuts or olives and a nice fig spread or some dried fruits, to elevate it.

Whatever you make, some fresh herbs or fruits for garnish will zhush it up and preserve your reputation.

XOXO

Kelley

Bonjour! Je suis Kelley

Bonjour! Je suis Kelley

Hi, I’m Kelley – thrower of parties, drinker of wine, and lover of all things French. I hope you enjoy my Lessons in Becoming French!

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