Potlucks are a great way to have a holiday party with your friends, family and coworkers while saving yourself a lot of time, hassle and money! After all, as the host you’re only responsible for a portion of the dishes (like the main meat and a side or two) and not the entire meal. In my opinion, hosting a holiday party should be fun, not stressful, so why not have a potluck? My personal rule is just to have the guests bring their favorite holiday side dish and I’ll make the ham! So if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets invited to a holiday potluck this season, here are a few easy-to-make meals that can feed a crowd!
Making pie crust from scratch? No thank you! Buy pre-made pie crust for this classic quiche recipe and you’re halfway there. This is the basic quiche recipe, so feel to jazz it up with your favorite veggies or meats (based on the dietary preferences of you co-guests) like spinach, ham, artichokes, peppers and more. Want to look extra fancy? Instead of using a pie tin, make individual quiches in muffin pans and you’ve got the perfect hand-held appetizer for any holiday potluck.
At my Friendsgiving, one of my guests brought “stuffin’ muffins” and used muffin tins to make individual sides of stuffing that just had to be reheated before dinner so I can attest how well muffin sized anything goes over!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Not only are sweet potatoes a super fall vegetable, they are utterly delicious and the perfect potluck dish. Since they keep so well, you can easily make your dish the night before and reheat it at the party (just warn your host ahead of time!) And in my honest opinion, they taste even better the next day because they’ve had more time to soak in all the flavors you cooked them in! This roasted sweet potatoes recipe uses fresh ginger and nutmeg for a bright flavor, but there is nothing wrong with some maple syrup and mini marshmallows!
Pasta salad is a great holiday potluck dish because it can be served cold, so need to pester your host for oven space. And with tricolored pasta, it’s an incredibly eye-appealing dish on any table. This recipe adds pepperoni into the mix, but you can easily leave that out to make a vegetarian option. You can always mess with the amount of vinegar you use to make it more or less tart, and you can easily add mayonnaise for a more creamy pasta salad, or different spices if you want to add some Middle Eastern flair to the table.
Cranberry Pecan Brie
I’ll admit, this dish is on my to-do list for holiday potlucks this year because I love cheese! You’re simply wrapping a hunk of brie smothered in cranberry sauce and pecans in pre-made pastry dough, then baking it. Serve it warm and the cheese will just ooze out when they cut into it! Makes for a great appetizer.
Above all else, holiday potlucks should be about being with people you like hanging out with! As long as your food is made with love it will be appreciated. And when all else fails, a store-bought pie and some wine is always a good choice!