It’s the new year and your friend invites you to an obligatory start of the year potluck. You can’t wait to see everyone, but the eternal question hangs in the air: what do I bring? To avoid fries and sad sodas, try bringing a dish you make at home. Check out appetizer, main course, dessert and drink recipes below to help you prepare your first potluck of 2022.
Appetizer: Korean corn cheese
Start your potluck party with a striking combination: sweet corn and cheese. Since corn is not in season in the winter, this is a great way to use up the boxes of corn lying around in your closet.
- Combine corn, Japanese mayonnaise, mozzarella, salt and pepper in a skillet or baking dish.
- Toss the cheese on top and put the dish in the oven until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
If you want to take it up a notch, check out chef Jae Lee’s take on humble Korean corn cheese.
Starter: cast iron pizza
Yes, pizza is definitely on that list. As King Arthur’s Recipe of the Year, this recipe is a crowd pleaser. A no-knead dough made with just flour, salt, yeast, water, and olive oil, the recipe is flexible enough to fit into any busy schedule.
- Prepare the dough the day before and let it rest in the fridge overnight.
- Garnish the pie with store-bought or homemade tomato sauce, cheese and other toppings of your choice.
- Bake the pizza a few hours before your potluck.
The last step is to rejoice in the fact that you have just made a pizza from scratch.
Dessert: Squares of brown butter mochi
This Hawaiian treat predates the rise of mochi foods such as mochi donuts and muffins. Butter and coconut milk are the main flavors here, but a recipe from Cook Til Delicious uses brown butter instead of regular butter to take this Hawaiian treat to a whole new level. Glutinous rice flour provides that signature mochi texture that people have been obsessing over lately. If you can’t find the ingredient in your local store, it’s also available online through sites like Amazon. Whipping batter can be prepared in no time.
- Brown the butter by melting it in a saucepan, stirring constantly, until the butter is golden brown and smells nutty and toasty. Add coconut milk and vanilla extract.
- Combine eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter-coconut mixture from above. Whisk the glutinous rice flour until the batter is smooth.
- Bake the dough for about an hour. Let cool completely before cutting into squares. The longer it cools, the softer it will be.
Drink: Fruit Chung and sparkling water
If you’re more of a potluck drinker, try this easy and customizable fruit chung. Essentially a fruit syrup, it uses a 1:1 ratio of fruit to sugar. This Beyond Kimchee recipe uses lemons, but feel free to substitute a fruit of your choice.
- Place the sliced fruit and sugar in a jar and let stand at room temperature for at least 24 hours.
- Turn from time to time, then mix the sugar with the fruit.
- Combine the syrup with sparkling water to make a simple yet elegant drink.
- To make it even more customizable, friends and family can adjust the amount of syrup they add depending on how sweet they want their drink.
Whether you choose to try one or all of them, these recipes will help you prepare your first potluck with confidence and ease!
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