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The Office Pot Luck - What Would You Bring?

I can't believe this yielded no results in a CH search!

Seems to be the season for the office pot luck.

Assuming most offices have a fridge and microwave...what would you bring?

Or, what would you like someone else to bring?

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  1. I always bring something I want to eat in case I don't like anything else. It sounds strange and offers nothing practical but it's the mindset I have when trying to decide what to make.

    My Mom always brought a taco salad since it was different.

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    1. re: eperdu

      I always employ this strategy as well. My consistent contribution is 7 layer dip with real chips, and real salsa.

      Logistics:
      chop veggies the night before and bring them in sandwich bags.

      No need for heating anything:
      layer:
      Refried Beans, and then anything else is optional:
      cheese
      onions
      diced avocado
      s cream
      olives
      cilantro
      tomato
      lettuce
      salsa

      1. re: eperdu

        As a vegetarian, this is the only way to go.

        1. re: foodieX2

          Let's say breakfast or lunch foodieX2. Good question.

          1. re: Breadcrumbs

            We often do breakfasts ones at my company and the first things to go are
            -Bagels w/ assorted cream cheese
            -french toast casserole and the like
            -frittata, especially the ones with meat
            -bacon stuffed cherry tomatoes

            For lunch our company always assigns (or has people sign up for) categories because the balance of food was alway off.

            I usually signed up for salads and my chicken caesar would fly out the door. The other popular ones were interesting wraps/rollups. Once woman is known for her chicken salad w/ red grapes on whole wheat wraps, so good! Crock pot dishes have been popular too. Things like carrot/ginger soup, clam chowder, chili, meatballs etc.

            1. re: foodieX2

              I've done bagels (sliced in half and then maybe half again depending) with the cream cheeses. That's always a good one. Easy to eat, no mess, no heating, etc.

        2. I usually bring deviled eggs. It's a pita to line up at the microwave to try and reheat things.

          Last week hubby brought a huge bowl of cucumber salad to their lunch and they ate all of it. I had thought they might not even touch it but it was the only cold, crunchy thing there.

          Looking forward to the responses. I usually rack my brains and then just do eggs.

          1. I'm going to a potluck tonight and I'm bringing thai-ish chicken salad. Chicken, jicama, red chili, cilantro, onion, ginger and lime dressing. Scatter roasted peanuts on top. Hope they like it.

            1. Pot stickers in a crockpot always seems to be a big hit. I oil the slow cooker, then drizzle some oil, vinegar, soy and zest an orange over it all. People go nuts for it. Easy to make it vegetarian or vegan too.

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              1. re: sedimental

                So do you cook the potstickers first and then put then in the slow cooker to keep them warm? Sounds so good!

                1. re: tasteeone

                  Yeah! How do you do that potsticker slow cooking thing?

                  1. re: tasteeone

                    Yes, I cook them first (they are quick) then layer them with a little oil (peanut or sesame), soy sauce and zest..or whatever you like...so they don't stick together. You only need to have the crockpot on low to keep them warm. Just be sure to oil the sides of the crockpot because that is where the crockpot heats up and if you don't, they will stick to the sides.

                  2. re: sedimental

                    that is such a good idea! i am going to make that for our upcoming holiday potluck.