Start the holiday season on a positive note at the office potluck by preparing something simple and delicious. The tasty food you bring to the party adds to the relaxed, friendly holiday mood. Keep the preparation time short with easy dishes like warm cheese dip, cheesy potatoes, and fruit salad.
Warm Cheddar Dip With Tortilla Chips
Warm cheddar dip is an office-friendly potluck idea that’s easy to prepare. Toss the ingredients in a slow cooker, and turn it on low about two hours before time to eat. The ingredients you need are an 8-ounce (225-gram) block of cream cheese, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and a 20-ounce (500 millilitre) jar of your favourite salsa. If you prefer a milder flavour, swap the salsa for a can of any flavour of cream soup. Stir everything together thoroughly before serving the warm dip with a tray of tortilla chips.
Cheesy Slow Cooker Potatoes
Power up the slow cooker, set it on high heat and put the ingredients in it to cook while you work. The ingredients you need are a 16-ounce (450-gram) bag of either shredded or cubed potatoes, a cubed 8-ounce (225-gram) block of cream cheese, 18 ounces (500 grams) of either cheddar or Colby cheese, a can of your favourite type of cream soup, and 9 ounces (250 millilitres) of milk. If you want to add meat to make this dish heartier, consider diced ham or crumbled bacon bits.
Salad and Dessert in One
Fresh fruit salad serves double-duty as a salad and a healthy dessert for an office potluck. Use a large, clear bowl so the colours of the fruit show, and pick fruits in a variety of colours. This recipe is easy to adapt based on seasonal offerings at your local market and your favourite type of fruit. Cut the fruit into bite-sized chunks, then coat it with a light syrup made with a squeeze of lemon juice, a small scoop of sugar, and half a pint (250 millilitres) of water.
Keep everything organized by putting your name on your bowls and utensils with a dry-erase marker or labels from staples, so your things don’t get mixed up with the dishes and utensils belonging to others in your office.