Dawn's Dish received a great question via e-mail today. Sure, the question was written by my sister (thanks, Anne) but it's one that transcends the bonds of sisterhood and might just appeal to readers not related to me.
Here's the question:
Dear Dawn's Dish,
So, I need to bring something to the office on Friday for our Super Bowl party (have I mentioned I love it here?) Have anything super easy (snack wise) that I can make?
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I have several ideas that I'm certain will make you the MVP of your office party, Anne, but first let me offer a few tips.
1: Think about temperature. For office gatherings you probably won't have access to an oven, so anything that needs to be served hot will require the use of the (possibly gross) office microwave or your own slow cooker. Also, avoid frozen foods such as ice cream that will melt and make a mess on the office serving table.
2: Keep it simple. Avoid using expensive ingredients or making complicated dishes. Save those for your own dinner party. Finger foods and bite-size snacks are ideal. Don't bring smelly dishes. Tuna, shrimp and cooked broccoli have odors that are not pleasant to everyone. You don't want to be that girl who brings weird food.
3: Be prepared. Bring your own serving dish and serving utensil.
4: Put in some effort. Don't bring a bag of chips and rip it open just before the food frenzy begins. If you really, really don't have time make anything yourself, at least buy pita chips and hummus and plate them before putting them on the serving table.
If you have a slow cooker, check out these meatball recipes. At my office, meatballs are devoured long before the veggie plate is touched.
This recipe for Chili Cheese Dip is easy to make, will stay hot in a slow cooker and can be served with store-bought tortilla chips.
Even folks who claim not to be cooks, can make their own Chex Mix . Homemade tastes much better than store-bought, and you can add your own ingredients. I love to add cashews and bagel chips.
If you're feeling ambitious, Beef Tenderloin Mini Sandwiches will definitely impress your co-workers.
If you want something healthy and easy-to-make, this recipe for Salad on a Stick is perfect. I can't promise it will be more popular than meat dishes, but your vegetarian co-workers will thank you. Fruit and melon skewers are also easy to prepare and healthy.
Do you have a question for Dawn's Dish? I'll happily answer it, even if I'm not related to you. Post it in the comments section at the end of this post or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org