As it’s the season for potlucks and Christmas parties, we have a few ideas for you. Inspired by our own staff potluck, here are a few ideas and some simple recipes.
Every year we pair the potluck with a version of secret Santa. Here are the rules.
Each person grabs a present randomly and stands in a circle. Then one person reads a how the Grinch stole Christmas or a made up story. Whenever that person says Grinch everyone passes the present to the right, and every time they say Snow, the presents get passed to the left. When the story ends, the present you’re holding is the one you keep!
Second component of the potluck is the food, of course. Like a typical potluck, each person makes a dish to share with everyone. Here are a few quick and simple recipes for all levels of experience with cooking and baking. Keep in mind, because the following recipes were actually provided by people in our office (unlike our other recipes we post that are provided by a professional chef), the ingredients and directions are customized to their own taste and skill level.
This recipe is yummy and is easy to make. People are sure going to love this one!
1 large can of chick peas
½ cup tahini
Lemon juice from ½ large lemon
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cumin
2/3 to 1 cup of warm water
Garnish with paprika, olive oil
Drain liquid from chickpeas and wash under cold water in a colander. Place chickpeas in food processor and add the rest of the ingredients. Start processing until a crumbly mixture had formed. Add ½ cup of warm water and continue processing until all ingredients are mixed well. The consistency of the hummus will depend on the amount of water you use.
Place in a flat bowl, sprinkle some paprika on top and drizzle a little bit of high quality olive oil.
Serve with fresh pita bread, pita chips or veggie sticks.
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
This recipe is less reliant on experience with cooking and baking.
Rold Gold Pretzels, classic thins (400 grams)
Hershey’s Chipits Pure Semi-Sweet chocolate chips (600 grams)
Melt chocolate chips in a cooking pan over a bed of boiling water. Remove from over heat, dip pretzels in melted chocolate. Put dipped pretzels on a sheet of wax paper on a tray. Refrigerate for 60 minutes.
If you need more recipes, check out our Chef’s Blog here.