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What to Bring to Office Potlucks

It’s the holiday season, and that typically means potlucks at the office. Potlucks can be a great way to get to know your co-workers better, celebrate the holidays and enjoy homemade food. Do you have a potluck coming up and need ideas on what you should bring? Check out our blog post for ideas. 

Potluck Ideas For Those Who Don’t Want to Cook

If you don’t want to cook, or don’t know how to cook, you can still contribute to your office potluck. Try grabbing on the of the dishes below from your local grocery store:

  • Vegetable tray and dip
  • Fruit platter
  • Chips and dip
  • Crackers
  • Hummus
  • Cookies
  • Drinks
  • Cake
  • Cheese platter
  • Salsa
  • Sandwiches
  • Fruit and cheese kabobs
  • Cutlery
  • Paper products (napkins, paper plates, etc.)

Potluck Dishes For Those Who Want To Cook:

If you love cooking and have time to cook a dish for your office potluck, then consider the following dishes. Remember to prepare a dish that is easy to transport, easy for your co-workers to eat and doesn’t require cutting, carving, etc. 

Cold Food Dishes

  • Deviled eggs
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Layered dip
  • Coleslaw
  • Pies
  • Salads
  • Pinwheels 
  • Guacamole
  • No-bake Nutella pie
  • Apple nachos
  • Fruit salad

Hot Food Dishes

Some of these dishes can be cooked in a slow cooker and brought to the office

  • Meatballs
  • Baked beans
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Warm dips (buffalo chicken dips)
  • BBQ chicken sliders
  • Pulled pork
  • Brownies
  • Chili
  • Artichoke dip
  • Queso dip
  • Spinach dip

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a dish:

Bite-size or small portions

Bring things that are easy to eat when standing up, and that doesn’t require cutting.

Light to none on the mayonnaise

Not everyone likes mayo, so try to use recipes that skip it. Mayonnaise can also spoil quickly. 

Use slow cookers

The best way to bring warm dishes to the office is in a slow cooker. Food can be made the morning or the night before and then heated throughout the day until the party.

Pre-cut portions

Pre-cutting dishes such as lasagna or brownies can save time at the potluck. 

Have fun, and get creative when making or buying your potluck dish. Potlucks are meant to bring people together, so be sure to speak to co-workers that you don’t usually talk to and enjoy the nice break from work.