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Bring These Easy Apps to Your Next Holiday Party

16 December 2016
by Giada De Laurentiis
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Keep it stress-free with these easy, no-reheat-necessary appetizers.

It’s no secret I love to entertain, but I get equally excited to be invited to someone else’s house, especially when there’s a potluck involved. I love seeing (and tasting!) what everyone brings, and it always makes for a fun conversation starter.

One of the biggest questions I get asked is, “What can I bring to a potluck?” followed by “Can I make it ahead?” Well, there’s an easy solution! My motto is always to keep it simple. Think about what will travel well and pick a recipe that doesn’t require reheating. Trust me, your host will thank you — they’re likely to have their own goodies in the oven.

For now, don’t worry, I’ve picked three easy dishes that everyone will love, and they won't take long to make either!

Charred Brussels Sprouts Crostini

Crostini are a go-to for at-home entertaining, but they also travel extremely well. The trick is to travel with everything separately (brussels sprouts mixture, ricotta, toasted crostini) and assemble once you arrive. Big plus: All of the ingredients will hold for 2-3 hours at room temp. That’s longer than they’ll last on the table!

Slices of focaccia on a white plate in front of a glass of prosecco

Focaccia with Tangerine and Fennel

The hardest part about this dish will be carrying it from your place to the party without taking a bite. Just leave it in the sheet tray you baked it in and wrap well once it’s completely cooled. When you get to the party, slice it up and serve.

A bowl of bacon and onion dip topped with chopped chives on top of a platter of multicolored vegetable chips

Bacon Onion Dip

The ultimate crowd pleaser. This just gets better as it sits, so make it the day before, refrigerate it overnight, and you’re good to go. Just don’t forget to grab chips on your way to the party.


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