When you don’t have time
Don’t fret if you only have thirty minutes to spare, one of our low-effort but high-impact dishes is just what you need. Try these 1.Chicken Tortillas (above), which take just 15 minutes to prepare but look and taste divine. Either cook before you go or pop them in the oven once you arrive.
Salads are also a convenient last minute idea, and always make a welcome addition to a meal. Our 2.Avocado, Mango & Macadamia Salad is a colourful combo that takes just 15 minutes to make, or this 3.Easy Couscous Salad with balsamic dressing can be whipped up in just ten minutes – too easy!
When your fridge is empty
If you completely forgot about your potluck until the day, and even your barren fridge isn’t on your side, never fear! With just a few kumara or potatoes, you are perfectly placed to bring an essential dish. These 4.Potato and Onion Chapattis (above) are one of our favourite sides, and only need store-bought chapattis or flatbreads to turn them into a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Or you could try these 5.Baked Duck-Fat Potatoes, which look extra gourmet but actually only require a dash of olive oil, a sprig of fresh rosemary leaves, plus a sprinkle of sea salt.
Dessert doesn’t have to be a complicated affair either. If you’ve got a tub of ice-cream, simply assemble these amazing 6.Choc Ice-Cream Sandwiches together for a fuss-free but oh-so delicious treat.
When cooking isn’t your thing
Looks like you can be in charge of drinks! Even if you’re not confident in the kitchen, it’s nice to show that you’ve made an effort to bring something special in the drinks department, so pull out your bartender skills and rustle up one of our refreshing drink recipes.
This 7.Healthy Rejuvenate Juice Drink is perfect for enjoying in the sun, and great for both young and old as a nourishing thirst quencher. It can be prepped and mixed up in 20 minutes, but will look like an artisanal juice once you garnished it with a bit of lime in a fancy glass. For an alcoholic option, this 8.Lime & Lychee Cocktail (above) makes for a delicious crowd-pleasing concoction, and shows off your cocktail connoisseur.
When the crowd is hard to please
At some social events, you need to be mindful of the guests attending and whether there are any special food requirements. You’ll never be able to cater to everyone with one dish, but you can help by avoiding certain food groups. Try our 9.Carrot and Lentil Soup With Coriander Pesto (above) for a dairy-free, gluten-free and egg-free recipe that everyone will love. It’s so easy to prepare and makes for a perfectly delicious starter.
If you’d rather bring something more substantial, a vegetarian pasta dish will satisfy everyone, like this 10. Pasta With Spinach, Mushrooms And Almonds dish. It’s quick and simple, yet bursting with flavour thanks to the mushrooms and almonds. Or you could try this colourful 11.Roasted Pumpkin & Heirloom Tomato Salad option – and if you want to make it dairy-free, simply leave out the feta!
When you’re there to impress
A sure-fire way to make a good impression is by bringing a show-stopping dessert. Try our 12.Coconut & Blueberry Cheesecake (above) with its irresistible combination of silky cheesecake and vibrant blueberry toppings that is best of all gluten-free. Or for something slightly more advanced, this 13.Tim Tam Crackle Cheesecake has an outstanding blend of flavours, not to mention how fun it looks!
If you really want to show off your creativity, this 14.Honeycomb-Choc Layer Cake is a definite head-turner. With its towering layers of honeycomb, cream and melted chocolate, this really takes dessert to a new level! Remember that if you’re making a dish that is more complex, it’s a good idea to test out your recipe before your potluck so you can be confident that you’ve mastered the recipe.