When it's a potluck at work, what do you bring?

  1. Brownies

    2 c white sugar
    3/4 c. margarine
    1 c. all-purpose flour
    1/2 t. salt
    4 beaten eggs
    1 t. vanilla
    2 sqs. chocolate or 1/2 c cocoa
    1/2 c. chopped walnuts (or pecans)

    Cream shortening and sugar well. If chocolate is used, melt and add to the creamed mixture. If cocoa is used, sift together with the flour and salt. Add beaten eggs, vanilla, flour, salt, and nuts with some of the flour shaken over them. Bake in a greased and flured 9 x 13" pan in a 350 degree oven until it shrinks from the edges of the pan (about 30-35 minutes). Let cool and cut into squares.

    These could be called Cardiac Brownies, because if you eat enough of them, you will have heart problems some day they make a fudgy brownie that doesn't need frosting and gets eaten to the last crumb.

    Also, if you remember that there is a potluck on your way to work and only have time to stop at the grocery store--

    Get a large package of cream cheese and a disposable pie tin and a jar of Pace Picante sauce in your preferred hotness and a bag of tortilla chips. At work, mash the cream cheese into the bottom of the pie pan and pour the picante sauce over the cream cheese and open the chips for a quick dip. Yum. If you are marginally more organized, at home you can soften the cream cheese in the micro and whip it together with the picante sauce at home and bring it in a bowl as a dip.

    I hope the hospital isn't so busy that you all don't have time to do potlucks any more.
  2. 64 Comments

  3. by   neonnurse2
    I'm sure those cardiac brownies are to die for!! I'll try the recipie. I usually bring a layered mexican dip.
    layer in order: gacamole
    bean dip
    chopped onions
    chopped canned jalopenos
    cover whole thing with shredded cheddar
    garnish with chopped tomatoes

    eat with king size frito chips...yummy!
  4. by   Q.
    Veggie Pizza!

    Pillsbury cresent rolls
    2 packages cream cheese (softened)
    1 package dry Ranch dressing mix
    3 TB sour cream
    chopped up veggies

    Roll out the Pillsbury cresent rolls (usually it takes 2 packages) flat onto a cookie sheet and make sure to smooth out the seams. Bake according to directions. Allow to cool. Mix all the sour cream, cream cheee, dressing into a bowl, then spread onto cooled crust. Add chopped veggies.


    Addicting Mustard Dip

    1 cup yellow mustard
    1 cup dijon mustard
    1 package dry Ranch dressing mix
    1 teaspoon dill
    1 teaspoon garlic powder

    Mix together and eat with pretzels.
  5. by   st4304

    Preheat oven 350 deg.

    1 box yellow cake mix
    1 stick butter
    1 egg, beaten

    Mix together and pat into a 9x13 pan.

    1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
    1 lb box powdered sugar
    2 eggs, beaten

    Mix together, then pour over top of cake batter. Bake for 40 min at 350 degrees.

    I cannot even imagine how many calories this cake has in it but it is too damn good to worry about!

    It's even better the next morning with your first cup of coffee (that is if there is any left!)
  6. by   Janet Barclay
    artichoke dip from "best of Bridge"
    2large cans artichokes chopped coarsely
    1C Miracle Whip
    at least one cup fresh grated parmesan (or swiss or asiago)
    lots of garlic
    salt and pepper to taste
    fire in a casserole, muck it around and bake till bubbly. heats up well in microwave
    great on crackers
  7. by   tiger
    i'm one of those who run to the store at the last minute and pick up whatever we seem to need. either that or order a pizza. j
  8. by   mustangsheba
    Veggie tray or the other end of the spectrum, KFC.
  9. by   prmenrs
    Funny you should ask! We just had one today, and night shift was bringing in theirs as we left. We get pretty organized: whosever idea it is picks a theme, makes a list with various components, and everyone signs up. Todays was a Memorial Day Picnic, somebody grilled hotdogs yesterday and we reheated them in a microwave; every one brought side dishes, condiments, sodas, chili, watermelon, buns, etc.
    Once, I arranged a surprise "brunch" potluck to honor the OT and the pharmacist assigned to our unit. Both of them went above and beyond nearly every day, so we wanted to thank them. Our boss told their bosses so they could be away for a little while, and then asked the two of them for a "meeting" regarding JACHO; when they came to her office, she suggested that they go to the conference room so they could have a little more space, and that's where we had set up the brunch! They were VERY surprised! It was a big hit! We had gourmet coffee, real half & half, people brought homemade coffee cakes, juices, and fruit. That was a fun one!
    We ALWAYS have Thanksgiving, Christmas potlucks, as well as other holidays; nights celebrates just about anything and everything, so they're always bringing stuff in; in our unit, it's a perk of working nights!
  10. by   Brownms46
    I recently brought in a huge thing of BBQ Pork, that was so tender you could barely pick it up with a fork! I also make deviled eggs, and potato salad. I never have to bring anything back home. Everything is always picked clean! But my all time fav thing to make, (and everyone else's) is peanut butter cookies with walnuts. Here's the recipe:

    3/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
    1/2 cup of crisco(don't use butter favored)
    1 1/2 cup white sugar(don't use brown sugar)
    3 tablespoons of whole milk
    1 tablespoon of vanilla
    1 egg
    1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
    3/4 teasp of salt
    3/4 teasp of baking soda
    1 cup of finely chopped walnuts

    Heat oven to 375 degrees
    Combine peanut butter, crisco, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Blend together, and then add egg.
    Blend in flour, baking soda, and salt.
    Drop by heaping teaspoons onto ungreased baking sheet, and flaten with fork in crisscross pattern. Bake for 7-8 mins, or until just beginning to brown. Let cool for about 2 mins, and then remove to foil.

    No matter how many I make, I never have enough!

  11. by   ShannonB25
    Whenever there was a picnic during nursing school, I would always bring pasta salad. It's simple to make but very yummy.

    Pasta Salad

    1 package rainbow twist pasta noodles
    1 large tomato, diced
    1 large cucumber, chopped
    1 bell pepper, diced
    1/2 red onion, finely chopped
    2 green onions, finely chopped
    1/2 lb of cheddar cheese, cubed
    1 medium sized bottle creamy Italian salad dressing (even generic brands work well)

    Cook pasta noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water. In large bowl add the veggies to the pasta. Add half the bottle of Italian dressing, mix thoroughly. Continue adding dressing to desired amount (I usually add most of the bottle, leaving a little to add right before I leave the next day.) Refrigerate overnight.

    This is a really easy basic recipe but I promise it is always a hit! Please keep the recipes coming- I love this and have already printed the ones posted off for my own use!

  12. by   rosy
    This is a fun topic. I always like to try a new recipe. I have subscribed to Taste Of Home, and Quick Cooking over the years and have lots of untried but reportedly wonderful recipes, so what better time to try them. I do the same thing for just about every event I cook for be it dinner for my family or in-laws, something at work, Bible study at my house. It doesn't matter if I am cooking it is probably something I have never tried before. Fun but a little risky. I don't get too many complaints.
  13. by   Dplear
    Baked spaghetti

    1 pkg 12oz spaghetti
    2 jars spaghetti suace your choice for flavor
    (I like to use 1 good sauce and the other Ragu)
    1 lb ground meat
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
    2 cups sherdded monterry jack cheese
    1 bay leaf

    cook the spaghetti as usual and the sauce as usual, spice the sauce to taste...DO NOT MIX the sauce and spaghetti
    preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and in a round pyrex dish at least a 2.5 quart, crush the bay leaf and then layer the sauce in the bottom, using both cover with cheeses, add a layer of spaghetti noodle..about 1 inch thick and cover with sauce, cover liberally with the cheeses using both cheese again, a layer of noodles, repeat this until all noodles are gone or top of dish is reached. Final layers are a layer of sauce then cover LIBERALLY with cheeses. Put the dish uncovered in the oven for 35-45 minutes. take out and cool.
    The baking takes out the liquid in the sauce and leaves the spices and flavor. the cheeses is like a glue to hold everything together. I have been making this dish for 12 years, after I learned how to make it in Greece froma Resturant owner there...never fails to impress everyone, and tastes great

    [ June 06, 2001: Message edited by: Dplear ]
  14. by   galenight
    I like to take in a big pan of stuffed cabbages. It's kind of a lot of work, but well worth the compliments. And it's different. The same old stuff can get pretty boring. I've also taken in Chili (easy) and I'm known for my chicken I often take in. Here's the recipe. (quick and easy)

    sautee in a little oil 1-2 large onions cut into large pieces (I usually quarter it and then separate the slices) and 1-2 large green peppers cut into about the same size.

    remove from skillet and the cook till done one lb boneless skinless chicken. Just before that is done, I usually throw in some chopped garlic. Return onion and green pepper to skillet.

    Then add one large can or jar of spaghetti sauce, your favorite kind. I then add about 1 tbs of sugar to cut down the acidity and a little oregano and thyme or any other spices you wish.. If you want it hot you can add hot sauce or chili powder. Cook mixture for about 15 minutes or so. Then serve over rice.

    This dish does well reheated (very important as you know for potlucks at work)

    Hope you like it!