Welp, it’s officially the holiday season, and you know what that means. There are about 1.2 million soirees and potlucks to attend in the next two months — and when it comes to that work party, it’s super-tempting to grab a tub of potato salad at the grocery store and call it a day. But is that really what you want your co-workers to think of your entertaining skills? We think not.
You don’t have to be a master chef to be the belle of the office potluck. You just need to drum up some cocktail party standards and add a little twist. Give any of these dishes a whirl, and your whole office will worship you through the New Year.
Simple party food, five ways
Meatballs: From buffalo chicken meatballs to hoisin Asian meatballs, there are a million different ways to put a new spin on the good old balls of meat.
Sliders: Even if you can’t create an elaborate gourmet meal, you can probably fry up a few burgers. Mini burgers are perfect for a potluck party. Serve them on tiny buns and bring various condiments. For a fun alternative, try these chipotle pulled-pork sliders.
Nutella cookies: Who doesn’t love some sweet treats? Mix up these simple Nutella cookies — they’re delicious and only require three ingredients.
Pigs in a blanket: Create an easy version of pigs in a blanket with hot dogs and cheese wrapped inside refrigerator crescent rolls. Crescent dogs bake in under 15 minutes and are a party food favorite.
Nacho dip: Everyone loves nachos — especially when there is chorizo involved. Turn the office party into a fiesta with this recipe for skillet chorizo nachos with cilantro-sour cream sauce, or get a little loco with french fry nachos.
Create a masterful dessert
And if you’ve got a little more time to prepare something, you can’t go wrong with Daphne Oz’s blueberry tea cake from her new book The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It’s the Weekend. It’s a delectable dessert that requires no fancy frosting or special techniques to make, so you can nail it every time.
Keep reading to get Daphne’s blueberry tea cake recipe.
Originally published December 2010. Updated November 2017.