Love to have friends over but don’t want spend hours planning and preparing the menu? We have just the answer for you: potluck! What’s better than a cosy potluck brunch on a lazy winter afternoon. Each member of the potluck party can bring one food item, be it a dip, salad or a pot roast!
“Potluck lunches are convenient and 100% nutritious as everything is home cooked. Also, there is a variety of food items, starting from soups and salads. Winters are a perfect time to host a potluck in a garden or lawn set-up,” says chef Nishant Choubey. The only downside, that he feels, is “everything may look so tempting that you may end up over-eating.” But that’s a bargain we are willing to take!
Here are some easy-to-make potluck recipes that will be a hit among your group:
• Hash brown casserole: A creamy dish made with mashed potatoes, butter and cheddar cheese, hash brown casserole is a potluck must-have. For enhanced flavour, cream of chicken soup can be added to the mix. Bake the final dish for a crusty finish.
• Greek salad: Crunchy, juicy, refreshing – Greek salads are perfect to munch on before digging into the sumptuous main course. All you need is fresh veggies like lettuce, olives, tomatoes and bell peppers, some salad dressing and feta cheese. Toss it all in a big bowl and sprinkle crushed black pepper.
• One-pot pasta: Choose a pasta shape you like the most, and innovate the dish by adding mushrooms, potatoes, cream, cheese and onions. Cook everything in a crock pot. Add cream, cheese, oregano, salt and black pepper to the final dish.
• Club sandwiches: There’s so much that can be done with two slices of bread and your choice of fillings. Slather the bread with butter, place a slice of cheese, add veggies and grill in a skillet or a sandwich grill.
• Chocolate cheesecake: As easy as ABC! In a big bowl, beat in cream cheese and sugar to a smooth consistency. Add melted chocolate and vanilla extract till mixed well. Pour in a dish and refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.
• Sangria: What’s a potluck without some good ol’ sangria! Take a large pitcher with red wine, put in chopped apples, green apples, strawberries, lemon juice, some brandy and give a good stir. Serve in frosted wine glasses.