Potluck Edit w/ Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Hello Team!

It’s that time of the month again…

It’s potluck time!

The actual ‘Luck of Pots’ will be taking place Saturday January 16th from 12:30p-1:30p in the upstairs conference room.

In order to make this event a more positive experience (mostly for your mouth) it would be great if you would take the following newly established potluck rules into consideration during your planning:

  1. BYOB - Bring your own “Beverage”

  2. No more than two desserts. Extra points if it’s homemade.

  3. No more than one fruit or veggie platter. If you’re on a diet, use this as your designated cheat day,

  4. To be honest, no one cares about chips. Please refrain from bringing them unless you have a homemade dip to go with them.

Take the weekend to consider what you want to bring and come see me to sign up your dish.

In the immortal words of Paula Deen:

“Ya’ll I can’t hardly wait!”

This is the email I sent out to my team after my boss put me in charge of this whole potluck situation. He doesn’t like potlucks for, more or less the same reasons I outlined in my previous potluck post. In his experience there have been a disproportionate number of people who don’t carry their own weight. This was the first potluck his team has had in a very long time. The pressure was on, not just to ensure that people were taking the new rules to heart, but to make sure I can bring in something that’s worthwhile myself.

When you find yourself in this kind of predicament only Pinterest can get you out if it, and on Pinterest I found a five ingredient recipe for crockpot mac and cheese!

All you have to do is cook the macaroni to al dente minus 2-3 minutes (as it will continue to cook later) and combine everything in a crockpot for 2-3 hours and you're done! We’ll, you might wanna mix every once in a while.  You know how that goes.

There are two versions of this recipe on Pip and Ebby. The alternative,  which I also tried out, replaces the cream cheese with an equal amount of Velveeta and a ¼ c. of butter. I ultimately decided not to bring Velveeta to work for obvious reasons, but I think I preferred that version because it tastes more like traditional macaroni and cheese. The cream cheese version was a little sweeter than I was expecting and it really threw me off. I feel like that would have come out better if I had seasoned it but...C’est la Vie!  

However,  the Velveeta version is perfect if you have kids and you want an alternative to some kinda bullshit that comes out of a box.

But my favorite mac and cheese recipe involves havarti and parmesan. I didn't use this one because it's one of those recipes that tastes the best when it’s fresh. As in from oven to table. Picture a pan full of penne pasta drowning in bubbling white goop and bread crumbs. Yumm!!! Add in a piece of roasted chicken breast with a side of steamed broccoli sautéed in olive oil and garlic and  seasoned with salt,  pepper and a sprinkling of parmesan! The makings of a mouth party.

That's enough of mac and cheese. For the next ‘Luck of Pots’ I’m thinking either white chili and cornbread,  or teriyaki meatballs and rice.

Do you have any favorite potluck recipes? Or better yet, rants or horror stories?  If you put them in the comments, I would love to read all about them. And potentially share them on the Twitter.

Thanks for reading and remember that Velveeta is probably never acceptable at work.