10 Recipes for a Successful Potluck

Are you having dinner with colleagues before the holiday break, or are you invited to a holiday potluck? The latter is very popular, and thanks to the recipes and tips below, you’ll be sure to make a good impression and will have people asking, “Where did you get the recipe?”

1. Classic Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad is always a hit at the holiday table. This colourful recipe includes peppers and celery and brings together a combination of flavours reminiscent of the salad mom used to make. And it tastes even better when made ahead of time!

2. Broccoli and Grape Salad

On a mission to bring a salad? This one combines raw broccoli florets and fresh grapes instead of raisins. Almonds and green onion complete the list of ingredients, which are all tossed with mayonnaise. A word of advice: Don’t hesitate to multiply the recipe, which boasts six servings, depending on the number of guests.

3. Salmon Gravlax and Mustard Cream Canapés

Want to impress but you’re short on time? We have the gravlax you need as a shortcut to this recipe. You can make homemade gravlax, of course, but you can also purchase RICARDO ready-to-eat gravlax. All that’s left is to assemble it. And it won’t be lying if you tell others: “Yes, I made the canapés…and it’s a RICARDO recipe!”

4. Easy Millefeuille (Vanilla and Graham Cracker Layered Pudding)

Your host suggested you bring the dessert? Opt for a recipe that you can make in advance, such as this millefeuille, also known as a Napoleon or even an icebox cake. It will need to be refrigerated for 24 hours before serving.

5. Chocolate-Cranberry Vertical Yule Log

Surprise everyone with this revisited yule log where the cake is rolled in the opposite direction, flat side facing down. The alternating chocolate and cream stripes are revealed when you cut into the dessert. It’ll definitely make a good impression!

6. Slow Cooker Warm Artichoke Dip

For many, this dip for bread and raw veggies has become a holiday must. Before you start working on the recipe, be sure to discuss it with your host first. Why? This dip needs to be made in the slow cooker, whose Warm function will keep it warm. Will there be access to a power outlet? Will guests trip over a cumbersome extension cord? These questions need to be asked! Otherwise, you can always fall back on our oven-baked version.

7. Tutti Frutti Punch

This fruity drink, which contains citrus, red fruit, triple sec and brandy, is a classic at this time of year. Not only is it delicious, this punch can be prepared quickly, that is, in just 10 minutes. Assemble it before leaving and be sure to transport it in a perfectly airtight container to avoid any spills. And above all, don’t forget the punch bowl into which to transfer it once you get to your destination.

8. Leek and Potato Gratin

If using your host’s oven isn’t too much of an issue, try this dish that pairs perfectly with poultry, meat and fish. One of the pros to this recipe is that it can be prepared the day before and is easy to transport. Just cover with aluminum foil and reheat it in the oven for 30 minutes before placing it on a trivet on the table alongside the other dishes.

9. Sandwich Platter

Tiny sandwiches are perfect for a potluck because they’re easy to transport, and they can be eaten without the need for utensils. We are raising the bar for crustless sandwiches with these refined yet easy-to-make options, such as salmon confit, mortadella and pear as well as rolled egg sandwiches.

10. Cranberry and Pistachio Bark

This recipe, which keeps for three weeks, is perfect if you want to get ahead in your holiday prep. The pieces can easily be carried in a plastic container, and are then arranged on a serving plate or an elegant wood board.

Looking for a few more ideas? Here is a list of travel-ready desserts: