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#1 Posted on 20.12.05 1807.51
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Quick, help me figure out what I need to sign up for. I think I expended all my "make something" energy on the split pea soup over the weekend, so I'm looking for something I can just go to the store and buy...yet won't offend people when it's glaringly obvious I put no effort into bringing something above and beyond going to the store and buying it (which, after all, is still SOMETHING).

(In my defense, if my shift wasn't 11-8, I'd get a lot more excited about a potluck that begins at 11:30)
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#2 Posted on 20.12.05 1819.16
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Cookies always work or one of those pies from Wal-Mart.

Or, if you want to cook, two cans of corn, a cup of Jiffy corn buscuit mix and two stick of butter. Mix it ll up and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or so. Corn pudding. Ok, i's close to that anyway. PM me if you want it accurate. Mrs AWA is on the phone right now.

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#3 Posted on 20.12.05 1828.44
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Veggie tray or 7-layer dip. That's what I (read: Mrs. JJD) would bring.
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#4 Posted on 20.12.05 1835.41
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What I think about bringing to potlucks:

1) Green bean casserole- easy to make, relatively inexpensive, people seem to like it.

2) Stove-Top brand stuffing- ditto.

3) Cheese, salami/summer sausage/processed meats/bacon, and crackers. You can be creative and offer more exotic items to sample, like imported cheese and super-deluxe crackers. Or, you could offer as much variety in the items as you can financially afford; like offering a little bit of six or seven different kinds of cheese. This is what I used to do and it got eaten.

4) Veggie plate- rules same as 3)

5) Nachos/chips/dips/salsa- rules same as 3)

6) Cookies/cake/brownies- rules same as 3) Also, the home-made ones can be made a day ahead when you have more time and ambition.

Lots of so-called ordinary things can be used if you offer lots of interesting variety in the food items. Or if you make it very very obvious that you didn't grab the cheapest items in the store.

(edited by tricia on 21.12.05 0705)
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#5 Posted on 20.12.05 2022.57
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I am the go-to guy for rolls when it comes to any potluck.
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#6 Posted on 20.12.05 2125.34
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I won't go into my anti-potluck rant because this is an office party, where I don't have a problem with it.

A neat suggestion which will have people standing over your dish with toothpicks and not leaving:

Get a box of frozen meatballs and a half-litre bottle (whatever that is in American) of marinade: smoky, spicy, sweet & sour, whatever. Cook them on low together in a big pot for about an hour, and then heat them up once before the unveiling. Provide toothpicks. People love those things, and it's damn easy.

On a side note, at every office potluck I've ever been to, there's always some lazy fucker (always a guy) who snuck out of the office and returned with a bucket from KFC. The whole office seethes at that guy, but I secretly love him.
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#7 Posted on 20.12.05 2201.20
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If you've been in Minnesota long enough to know what 'hot dish' is, then that's probably safe.

Also, you can tell us what it is.

Failing that, nobody brings enough ice for the pop. Or you could bring the pop.

Cocktail weenies? Pizza rolls?

Or a McMahon endorsed veggie platter.

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#8 Posted on 20.12.05 2234.09
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Chunk a large loaf of Velveeta, add a 16oz jar of Salsa or a can of Hormel Chili, and either microwave it or cook it in a crock pot. Just bring Tortilla chips and a spoon. It's the easiest thing in the world and everybody raves over it.

If you want to change it up a little bit, use a different salsa, like Black Bean & Corn or something. Also, a pound of hamburger meat really adds to it, maybe with taco seasoning if you like. Maybe even a jar of Jalepeno Peppers? You get the idea....
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#9 Posted on 20.12.05 2311.59
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People love hot wings. You could always buy about three or four packs of frozen Friday's hot wings and a bottle of buffalo wings sauce, make 'em at home, slather them with sauce, and it'll have the appearance that you made them on your own. The Friday's southwestern egg rolls also seem to please a lot of people. I have some other cheap and easy suggestions, but they involve making something, rather than just heating up something.
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#10 Posted on 21.12.05 0643.55
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Walmat, Sams and others have nice little ready to go shrimp cocktail trays. Another suggestion is an assortment of cheese and crackers but that gets pricey.
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#11 Posted on 21.12.05 0801.32
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To answer the question, usually pop. Sometimes the Bisquick Impossible Pumpkin Pie. Last weekend, a tray of brownies from BJ's did the trick.

My favorites from the family potlucks:
One easy "spread" idea - take a can of crab meat and mix into some cocktail sauce. Pour over a block of cream cheese. This spread can then be put on Ritz crackers and is SOOOO Delicious. My aunt who makes this also does deviled eggs - another favorite of mine.

My cousin also makes this "Cheesy potatoes" dish that is basically cubed potatoes in a cheese sauce with honey corn flakes on top. That's some real good stuff there, too.

To add to the "meatballs in sauce" idea, we also do sliced up kielbasa in sauce to much approval.

I would love if someone brought KFC. That stuff is evil, but delicious.
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#12 Posted on 21.12.05 1030.15
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Meatballs with secret sauce.

The secret sauce is equal parts grape jelly and Chili sauce. I kid you not.
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#13 Posted on 21.12.05 1101.54
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We have one person who brings the same thing to every pot-luck...

She signs up for an appetizer and then brings a shrimp ring every time...

Easily purchased, just thaw and serve. Most of the time the shrimp sauce is included...
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#14 Posted on 21.12.05 1251.12
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    Originally posted by Sec19Row53
    Meatballs with secret sauce.

    The secret sauce is equal parts grape jelly and Chili sauce. I kid you not.
We discovered this one several years ago and I did not believe that was the recipe. I had to stand and watch the person pour the chili sauce and grape jelly into the crockpot for me to believe it. And now I believe it and they are awesome.

(edited by pieman on 21.12.05 1351)
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#15 Posted on 21.12.05 1253.47
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A lot of REALLY good answers here, and I'm sorry I didn't start this thread on Monday instead of The Night Before The Potluck.

Many of these answers were represented (and represented well) by other people at the potluck.

(image removed) I'm ashamed to admit that I REALLY lazed out and bought a Fisher nut tray ( (because almonds and macadamias looked really good to me last night) along with a few boxes of holiday Creme de Menthe ( candies.

The only thing keeping me from buying soda was there are A LOT of people in this office and it's better to just let everyone buy fresh cold ones from the 25 vending machine.

Next year I'm going to do something with the crock pot like a majority of the people did here - but I'll have to come up with something that isn't meatballs or cocktail weenies 'cause almost EVERYBODY did that.

Thanks for the answers, and feel free to keep adding yours - you may be helping someone else out in the future!

(edited by CRZ on 21.12.05 1254)
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#16 Posted on 21.12.05 1533.49
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Sometimes a local but popular pizza shop will let you buy a large bucket of salad greens, and toss in some veggies and dressing and such for a convenient price. I did that this weekend and still have plenty of salad left. Might be worth a call.
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#17 Posted on 21.12.05 1535.47
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Here is a recipe that I use to make sausage stars . Except my recipe uses Velveeta mexican cheese instead of the cheeses listed in this recipe.

They can be a small pain to make, but nothing major. They're pretty good and tend to go quickly.

Now for super easiness - banana pudding. Buy vanilla wafers, banananas, and instant pudding (either vanilla or banana flavor).
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#18 Posted on 21.12.05 2156.15
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Everyone knows me as the wine guy, most notably for my job, so I usually end up bringing several bottles of wine and a random selection of harder alcohol. I even get a bit territorial about it, too.

For cooking, sweet potato fries are my specialty.
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#19 Posted on 22.12.05 1840.16
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You can't go wrong with a tuna pasta salad. It's quick, cheap, and easy to make. Plus, it can be eaten cold.
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#20 Posted on 23.12.05 2036.21
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Somewhat similar to Russell's Sausage Stars (Must be a KY thing), I make Shit on a Shingle every year (altho I call them just "shingles" for family purposes).

Brown some ground beef and some sausage (I prefer the Tennessee Pride Hot Sausage - one of the few good things about that state) along with some chopped red onions and put them in a bowl. Melt a brick 'o Velveeta and pour that in and mix it all up. Then put dollups of the mixture on small rye breads and bake them for 10 mins or so.

They're awesome, easier to make than it sounds, and people usually LOVE 'em.
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