So I won’t be posting many recipes on this blog, but in response to the following email, I decided it was a really good idea to gather some simple ideas that you could use for your holiday potluck party (and let’s be honest, I needed a study break from finals):
Hi there!I saw your Christmas morning post and thought it was great. So I was hoping for some advice. I’m going to a holiday party and have to bring a dish. The problem is I am a guy with let’s say, limited cooking skills and materials, but I would still like to bring something that looks ( and tastes) good. Do you have any recommendations for me?Thanks,
To the above reader, thanks so much for your email, and for any further questions or ideas please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve noticed that for most of the potlucks dinners that I’ve attended, there is always a lot more desserts than actual meal items. As Christmas is the season of indulgence, I thought it wise to provide a recipe for an appetizer, along with a dessert. Both recipes are relatively inexpensive to create, simple, and absolutely delicious!
Salmon Cucumber CupsPREP: 15 MINS TOTAL: 15 MINS
- 2 large cucumbers
- 4 oz. smoked salmon
- 7.5 oz crème fraîche
- Capers (optional)
So this S’mores Pops recipe is from Ali at Gimme Some Oven, but as I’m tempted to make them myself and they seem super easy, I’m recommending them.
YIELD: ABOUT 20 POPS PREP: 5 MINS COOK: 5 MINS TOTAL: 10 MINS
- 1 bag large marshmallows
- 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 package cinnamon or honey graham crackers (about 9 long/large crackers) – or just buy graham cracker crumbs
- lollipop sticks (available in cake decorating aisles)
DIRECTIONS:Begin by twisting the lollipop sticks until they are securely in the middle of the marshmallows. (Insert them on the flat, not rounded, side of the marshmallows. Then push them in until they almost pop through.) Then place the graham crackers in a strong Ziplock bag, and use a rolling pin (or whatever you’d like) to crush them until they are finely ground. Then place them in a small bowl. Then heat the chocolate chips in a double-boiler or (carefully!) in the microwave until they are melted and somewhat runny. While holding the stick, carefully dip a marshmallow in the chocolate mixture until completely covered. Then gently roll the sides and top of the marshmallow in the graham cracker crumbs until they are well-coated. Place on a plate or on wax paper to let cool and dry. Repeat with remaining marshmallows.
What’s your favorite holiday potluck recipe?
S’mores Pops: www.gimmesomeoven.com