Whether you have 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes there is a dish you can make that everyone is sure to love.
The clock is ticking: you've just left work, you're fighting traffic (or the subway), and you're supposed to be headed to a holiday potluck party that is about to start right now. Even worse, you said you would bring food. Have no fear, whether you have 5 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes there is a dish you can make that everyone is sure to love. Here are some really quick and easy holiday potluck recipes that will make people think you slaved over the stove for hours.
Proscuitto Wrapped BreadsticksThis is a flavorful, delicious snack that can be made in 5 minutes or less. Better yet, you don't technically need a kitchen, you can just roll the proscuitto standing outside the host's door.
- 12 breadsticks
- 24 slices proscuitto
- Take a breadstick and, starting from the top, wrap it very tightly with two slices of proscuitto. Refrigerate if you are not actually standing outside the host's door.
Greek Pizza HummusOkay, this one does require a little kitchen equipment: you are going to at least need a food processor or mini chopper. Still, you can have this delicious side dish made in no time at all. The real time drain comes from heating the pita.
- 2 cans chickpeas (drained)
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
- 6 black olives
- 2 roasted red peppers
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing on the pitas
- 3 tablespoons feta cheese
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 6 pitas
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Put the chickpeas, garlic powder, tahini, olives, and red peppers into the food processor; pulse the ingredients 4 to 6 times until they are broken up and then turn the food processor on high. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until the hummus is a smooth paste. You may not end up using it all, so drizzle it slowly. Finally, add the feta and the lemon juice and pulse 4 to 6 more times.
- When the oven is preheated, cut the pita into quarters, brush with olive oil and bake until warm.
Pesto PastaThis is a delicious, creamy pasta salad that you can take anywhere. Even better, it's olive oil-based so it can sit out for the length of the party. This recipe calls for sliced ham because it's quick and easy. If you have some left over grilled chicken or other meats, feel free to add them in lieu of the ham.
- 12-ounces rigatoni
- 8 leaves basil
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 8 black olives
- 4-ounces deli ham, cut into strips
- Boil the pasta in salted water according to package directions then let it cool.
- While the pasta is boiling, add the basil and garlic powder to a food processor; pulse 4 to 6 times, or until the basil is broken up; slowly drizzle in the olive oil until you have a thick sauce. Again, you may not need to use it all, so slowly pour it into the food processor.
- Put the sauce into a skillet with the cream and bring it to a simmer, then pour over the pasta and the black olives. Mix in the ham right before serving.