The holidays are coming up quickly, and for those of us lucky enough to celebrate the season in the office that means potluck time. Whether you’re an incredible baker or, like me, incredibly talented with a can opener, here are my family’s best recipes for your holiday office party.
My mother’s Holiday Meatballs
My mother, Pamela, swears by this crockpot recipe and says it’s a huge hit with her mostly male sales team.
1 large bag of frozen meatballs
2 cans of crushed pineapples
1 large container of barbecue sauce
1 large can of crushed tomato
Salt and pepper to taste
The night before the potluck, put all the ingredients in a crockpot to heat overnight. Pack up the entire crockpot and plug in once you get into the office, transferring to the site of your luncheon. Enjoy!
My mother-in-law’s Dorito Casserole
This is my favorite warm weather casserole created by my mother-in-law, Patricia, and a hit at many of my office holiday parties (and with my kiddos after a busy day at work):
1 bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
2 chicken breasts
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
4 cups of chicken broth
2 cans of diced green chile
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 large tub of sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Crush the Doritos into small pieces. Boil the chicken breast and shred into small pieces. Mix the cans of soup, 1 cup of the sour cream and chicken broth. Place half of the Doritos at the bottom of a large glass or (my preference) disposable aluminum casserole dish. Cover with 1 cup of the cheese, followed by a layer of the soup. Add the chicken in the next layer, followed again by the rest of the Doritos and then the rest of the soup. Cover with the remaining cheese, and finish with the green chiles and a healthy helping of salt and pepper to taste. Insert the casserole into the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil and take it into the office. Best if served within 4 hours.
My super easy can opener delicacy
I am not a great cook (just ask my husband!), and I’ve found that everyone’s favorite sweet dish for the holidays is a great, down-home addition to the fancier potluck treats. Who doesn’t love cranberry sauce, especially in the shape of a star?
6 cans of jellied cranberry sauce
Open the cans of cranberry sauce, and use a knife to circle the inside perimeter and separate the sauce from the can. Flip the cranberry sauce onto a cutting board, lay it on its side and cut each cylinder into ⅓-inch slices. Grab your favorite cookie cutters (I personally like simple shapes, like stars, Christmas trees and snowmen) and cut each slice into a shape. Arrange the shapes on a disposable holiday-themed plate, slip into the refrigerator to cool and serve!
What’s your favorite holiday office party treat? Are you a salad, fruit, main course or dessert connoisseur? Share your favorite office party recipes here!