When my husband’s office holiday party rolled around, I considered making something healthy, like a bean salad. But then I started thinking. When you’re at a pot luck, what do you want to eat? Recalling office pot lucks of my past — when the slightly junky, sour cream, powdered soup, mayonnaise, and/or grated cheese-enhanced food was often the highlight of the evening — I pictured things like deviled eggs, or onion dip and potato chips. Or macaroni and cheese.
For years, I’ve saved Martha Stewart’s “Favorite Comfort Food” cookbook just for this macaroni and cheese recipe alone. It feeds an army — the recipe is for 12, but with other dishes, I’ve made it stretch to 20 — and I’ve always loved its extra-gooey cheesiness and the sprinkling of fresh bread crumbs on top that add a special crunch. I’d never make a full pan of mac ‘n cheese for myself, but for a large crowd it felt right. (If I didn’t hate the phrase, I’d say it was my go-to dish for parties.)
As it turns out, the evening had many bright spots (including delightful conversation and some pretty rocking Indian food). Nevertheless, Martha’s macaroni and cheese had its own small, but loyal, band of followers. I was happy to take home an empty casserole dish.
What’s your favorite thing to make for a pot luck?
P.S. Any ideas on how to say “pot luck” in French?