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By: John Adams, author of Dadbloguk.com and dad of two young daughters
Posted on: Nov 29, 2019

3 Recipes Ideas for the Office Potluck


TCH's guest blogger, John Adams (aka Dadbloguk), shares his cool recipe ideas for an office potluck event.

The ‘office potluck’ isn’t something that most people in my home country of the UK are aware of. It’s a very simple idea and I wish it was something that happened more often. Essentially everyone in the workplace agrees to prepare and bring a different dish into the office so everyone can have a feast.

On the run up to a big event like Christmas, an office potluck is a great way to ensure the cost of celebrations doesn’t get out of hand and everyone can get involved. Co-workers can share food and the conversation can flow easily as people discuss the various delights they are eating.

You need a diverse range of sweet and savoury dishes to make an office potluck work well, as everyone has different tastes. It’s also important to find out if any of your co-workers have special dietary requirements to consider.

I’ve spoken to a couple of foodie friends and come up with 3 recipes, along with one of my own. Take a look and try them out for yourself. Don’t be limited by keeping these for the office potluck. You can make them for a bring-and-share party at home or any other celebration you have in the calendar.


***WARNING: The following recipes may contain nuts or other allergens***

Chicken Satays

Chicken Satay Skewers (Serves 8)

This recipe has been adapted from one I found on the Dad’s Delicious Dinners blog.

You will need:

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 330ml /11floz of coconut milk
  • 6tbsp of smooth peanut butter
  • 2tbsp of crunchy peanut butter
  • Small piece of finely grated ginger
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • 2tbsp of clear honey
  • 2 tbsp of soy sauce
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp of mild curry powder

Method:

  • Cut the chicken breasts length-ways into strips and put to one side
  • Put the soy sauce, smooth peanut butter, chilli powder, garlic, ginger, and lime zest and juice into a bowl and mix together with a fork
  • Put 2/3 of the mixture into a saucepan and add the coconut milk and crunchy peanut butter
  • Place the sliced chicken breasts in a bowl with the remaining marinade, cover with film and put in the fridge, ideally overnight
  • If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water
  • When you have finished marinating the chicken, thread it length-ways on to the skewers and grill the chicken until done
  • The remaining sauce you have in the pan should be gently heated up (stir it while it heats) and allowed to cool. This can be put in a container and used as a dip at the office potluck

Take a look at the Dad’s Delicious Dinners blog for more office potluck inspiration.

Potato Empanadas

Potato Filled Empanadas (Makes Around 10 Small Empanadas)

Here’s a recipe suggestion from me. I discovered empanadas while travelling in South America and this recipe was inspired by the street food I came across during my travels. The beauty of this dish is that it’s easy to adapt. Simply replace the potato with chicken if you’d prefer to make a meat dish. Alternatively, you can fill the empanadas with chilli con carne to create a beef dish.

You will need:

  • An 11oz/320g box of ready-made puff pastry
  • Four medium sized carrots
  • One medium sized onion
  • One clove of garlic
  • 3oz/100g of sweetcorn
  • Either two medium sized boiled potatoes or two small chicken breasts diced into small pieces, slightly larger than a pea

For the sauce you will need:

  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • One tablespoon of plain flour
  • One tablespoon of bouillon (or a cube of vegetable or chicken stock)
  • Around 200ml of water

Method:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400˚F/200˚c
  • Slice and dice the carrots and onions. Crush the garlic. Set to one side while you make the sauce
  • Heat up the olive oil, add the plain flour and stir it in before slowly adding the water while stirring constantly. Add the bouillon/stock cube and keep stirring until you have a thick sauce without lumps. You want to make it thick, or else it will leak from the empanada, so make it slowly and adjust to make it thicker if necessary
  • Boil the potatoes until done (or if using chicken, fry the chicken until cooked)
  • Heat some oil and fry the carrot and onion for a couple of minutes before adding the garlic
  • Fry for a further couple of minutes before stirring in the sauce and adding the sweetcorn
  • Leave the filling to simmer for five minutes
  • While the filling simmers, roll out the pastry and cut into between 8 and 10 equally sized squares. You’re aiming for something about 4.5ins by 4.5ins (12cms by 12cms)
  • Take the filling off the hob. Take one of your squares and spoon in a tablespoon of the filling
  • Fold the pastry over and using a fork, pinch the edges together and then cut off any excess pastry. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until you have made all the empanadas
  • If you really want to go to town, glaze the empanadas with beaten raw egg
  • Place the empanadas in the oven and cook until golden brown, roughly 15-20 minutes
  • Leave to cool and take to your office potluck!
Chocolate Strawberries

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

I am going to finish with a simple but very effective sweet dish: chocolate dipped strawberries!

You will need:

  • Around 14oz/400g of washed strawberries
  • A 5oz/150g bar of dark chocolate

Method:

  • Melt the chocolate, either in a microwave or in a bowl heated with hot water on the hob.
  • Dip the strawberries in the chocolate and set aside to cool, ideally in a fridge.

Word of advice: The strawberries are best left in the fridge until the last possible moment. If you don’t have a fridge at work, consider transporting and storing them in a cool box until you’re ready to eat them.

Preserve the freshness of your office potluck goodies in an antimicrobial-treated cooler bag from California Innovations.
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I hope these recipes get you feeling inspired and raring to go. The internet is full of creative ideas for the office potluck, so if you want to try something else, you will be sure to find a recipe that will impress your colleagues.

Happy cooking and may your office potluck be an amazing success!

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