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