When it comes to an office potluck, it can be difficult figuring out the perfect thing to contribute to the party. No one wants to be the person who brings the dish that sits on the table untouched, but how do you know what will please the crowd?

The first thing you want to do is coordinate with the other guests to find out what everyone else is bringing. In your office, there may be a sign-up sheet for the different categories -- dips and appetizers, salads and sides, main dishes and desserts -- so your party doesn't end up with six different kinds of deviled eggs, or all main dishes and no desserts. So before you decide on the plate you are going to make, be sure you know what else will be on the table.

Now that you know how to plan and what to avoid, what are some of the most popular ideas that are easy to transport and are sure to please your coworkers?

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Dips And Appetizers

Zucchini Cornbread Muffins

Everyone loves appetizers, and this recipe is a delicious option that is easy to put together. The ingredients are simple -- eggs, buttermilk, zucchini, salt, flour, butter, sugar, cornmeal and baking powder -- and all you have to do is whisk them together before dividing the batter into a muffin tin.

Deviled Eggs

When you make this dish, you can't go wrong. Everyone loves to snack on deviled eggs. This classic recipe will give you an excellent place to start, and you can dress them up with your choice of bacon bits, horseradish or green onion.

Hot Artichoke Dip

A delicious dip on the potluck table is always popular, so be sure to make enough because it will go fast. This recipe requires only four ingredients and can be made in less than an hour -- minimal effort for what is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Serve it with chips or crackers and watch it become the hit of the party.

Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon

This favorite appetizer requires only three ingredients. Making it might be a bit time consuming, but it is well worth it. The brown sugar and bacon grease combine perfectly and give this dish a great taste. This easy step-by-step recipe has over a thousand reviews with a five-star average. Everyone will love this sweet treat.

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Salads And Sides

Layered Salad

Also known as "stacked salad" or "rainbow salad," this recipe is something you can make up to a full day before the party that is perfect for entertaining. But don't be fooled by the name -- is in no way a healthy salad because it contains a lot of mayonnaise, sour cream and bacon, but because it tastes so good people will happily shovel it up. Be sure to use a glass salad bowl so you can show off the layers before you toss it.

Green Goddess Potato Salad

With only five ingredients, the Green Goddess potato salad is an herbaceous take on the classic potato salad. This recipe can quickly come together the night before by merely boiling potatoes and tossing together the remaining ingredients. Potato salads always get devoured at potlucks, so if you bring this dish, you will be bringing home an empty bowl.

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Main Dishes

Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

This classic comfort dish is sure to be a hit, and if you need to heat it up, all you have to do is pop it in the microwave. The recipe does take a bit of time to put together, but if you follow the steps carefully it will surely be an office favorite.


You can make this easy dish while you are at work. Bring your Crock-pot and set it up in the break room, and by lunch the aroma will fill the air. Served with toothpicks, this hearty 3-ingredient sweet and sour meatballs recipe is something no one can resist.

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Double-Crust Berry Free-Form Pie

If you love to bake, this is a fun idea that can feed a lot of people. Twice the size of the average pie, this recipe features blackberries and raspberries, and it will be quickly gobbled up.

Vanilla Sheet Cake with Malted-Chocolate Frosting

If you're more of a cake person, a sheet cake is easy to make and transport. You have to let the cake cool before you put on the frosting, but once it is frosted you can wrap it in plastic wrap and it will be good for up to three days. This recipe features malted milk balls and milk chocolate -- none of your coworkers will be able to turn it down

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