When I worked in the office, there was always a party of some kind being planned and potluck dishes were always in need. We were a small group, but enjoyed celebrating birthdays, graduations, engagements, new babies, and promotions.
My desire was to bring homemade goodness to the office, especially for those individuals that lived off fast food. However, due to my busy schedule I usually signed up to bring store bought dessert or liters of soda. That is until I encountered the Internet with thousands of recipes posted by chefs, bakers, hobbyists, and foodies on blogs and recipe sites including allrecipes.com.
Taking an afternoon to browse the web, I happily discovered appetizer recipes that were quick, easy, and tasty, plus also took only a few pantry ingredients to make. These recipes became instant crowd pleasers and treasured potluck dishes by all.
So, if you are planning a potluck, quick get together, family celebration, etc. consider try these recipes on your guests and be prepared for instant praises.
Goat Cheese With Pistachios and Cranberries (courtesy of Sara Quessenberry)
2 tablespoons roasted pistachios, chopped
2 tablespoons dried cranberries, chopped
1 8- to 10-ounce log fresh goat cheese
Crackers, melba toast, or bread, for serving
On a large plate, combine the pistachios and cranberries.
Roll the goat cheese in the fruit-and-nut mixture to coat.
Wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Serve on a platter with crackers and a cheese knife.
**The cheese can be coated up to 2 days in advance and kept refrigerate covered.
Feta Dip (courtesy of Memories on Clover Lane)
1 pound block of feta cheese, crumbled
3-4 Roma tomatoes, diced
1 bunch of green onions, diced
1 baguette, sliced
Cavander’s all purpose Greek seasoning (can substitute with oregano, pepper, and some salt to taste)
1 large platter
On a large platter pour out a generous amount of olive oil to coat the plate.
Add tomatoes, green onions, Feta, and Greek seasoning (about 3 teaspoons). Mix ingredients together and refrigerate covered for an hour to have the ingredients marinate.
Serve alongside a platter of sliced bread for scooping and dipping.
Party Pinwheels (courtesy of Maddie’s mom)
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
12 ounces thin sliced ham, roast beef, or turkey
1 (1 ounce) package Hidden Valley Ranch or Fiesta Ranch dip mix
2 green onions, minced
4 (12 inch) flour tortillas (any flavor variety)
1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup diced celery
1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives (optional)
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and green onions. Spread this mixture on each tortilla. Sprinkle red pepper, celery, black olives, and cheese over the cream cheese mixture. Layer with sliced deli meat and roll up the tortillas.
Wrap tortilla rolls tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Chill 2 hours or overnight.
Cut off ends of the rolls, and slice the chilled rolls into 1 inch slices. Insert toothpicks and place on a platter before serving.