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Looking to impress at a potluck

We are having an office pot luck this friday. Would like to try something different that is sure to please! What is your *favorite* pot luck item to bring? Thanks for the ideas!

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  1. Are you looking to bring an entree, side or dessert?

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    1. My favorite dessert that always impresses is cream puffs. They're easy to make (there are great recipes in Best Recipe and in Pie and Pastry Bible). I like to make the regular pastry cream and then drizzle with chocolate sauce or if you have a pretty bowl, you can reheat it for dipping(I made a really easy homemade one that sounds gross but everyone loves - 6 T. butter + 1 c. chocolate chips)

      Also my newest favorite dessert to bring is raspberry bars, which sounds and looks really simple, but everyone dies over. Everytime I make them I am asked by everyone for the recipe, which comes from a semi-recent Cook's Illustrated issue (I think it's August '06, but can't quite remember).

      1. Okay, if you really want to wow 'em: some sort of seafood. Buy the biggest shrimp you can find and do either a shrimp remoulade or simply boil 'em and offer a couple of different dipping sauces. Or, buy some already shucked oysters--lay them out on a bed of crushed ice (no need for oyster plates or half-shells) and offer lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, mignonette, and seafood forks. Another alternative: marinated crab claws.

        1. Ina Garten's recipe for chocolate truffles. Easy and always impressive. You can alter with different coatings or flavorings.

          1. I'm doing a chocolate and raspberry trifle for our potluck. I think the impressive factor will be the tall glass serving bowl so you can see the layers.

            Chocolate, fresh raspberry, custard, cream and cake: how can that go wrong?