Most of us need a few back pocket potluck recipes to contribute to those holiday, friend or family dinners. It’s certainly fine to bring your ‘signature’ dish that is tried, true and well loved. If you need an update, though, here are 6 appetizer and 6 side dish ideas that take 30 minutes or less and can be made ahead and easily transported. 10 are vegetarian. Hey, maybe one of them will become your new signature dish!
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Homemade Dukkah Appetizer get the recipe
Easy and popular. Dunk bread in olive oil, then in seed/nut/seasoning mixture, then eat. I served a Bagel Seed ‘Dukkah’ alternative last weekend, adding 1/2 cup ground toasted hazelnuts – winner!
Cocktail Chicken Meatballs get the recipe
Tender, sticky, sweet, spicy cocktail chicken meatballs are a perfect appetizer served right out of the skillet with toothpicks. Easy to warm up in the microwave or oven.
Mini Caprese get the recipe
Light and simple. A couple of shortcuts make these little apps even easier.
Easy Shrimp With Gremolata get the recipe
Fresh, zesty and bursting with flavour, this app is a nice change from shrimp cocktail. Pretty, low cal, make ahead, delish.
Loaded Endive Ricotta Apps get the recipe
Light and easy little gems. Check out the many variations for the ‘gem’ (topping) part.
Melted Olive Cheese Appetizers get the recipe
The blend of salty tangy olives with the cheddar, onions and curry works really well. Even non-olive lovers love these apps. You can bake them before transporting, then warm them in a 350F oven for a few minutes.
Easy Cheddar Biscuits (copycat) get the recipe
Soft and warm and cheesy with a hint of garlic. They may not be an exact clone of the Red Lobster biscuits, but they are pretty close. And they only take 20 minutes from start to finish.
Maple Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans get the recipe
The combination of pure maple syrup, fresh lime and toasted pecans elevate these Roasted Sweet Potatoes to a wickedly good side dish.
Beet, Spinach and Quinoa Salad get the recipe
If you buy vacuum packed roasted beets in the store, this recipe is a snap to make. Beets, Spinach, Quinoa Salad, apple and avocado dressed with a light honey Dijon dressing. I love the vibrant colours.
Beet Orange and Goat Cheese Salad get the recipe
Fresh orange vinaigrette dressing drizzled on earthy beets, sweet oranges and tangy goat cheese. How pretty and tasty is that!
Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes get the recipe
This side is way easier than it looks (with a great shortcut) and is an impressive addition to any table.
Homemade Chunky Applesauce get the recipe
A perfect accompaniment to chicken, brisket, pork and ribs. Just a few ingredients to some real comfort food. Always a crowd please-r.