I need your guidance more than ever, hounds. You see, I have come to hate, despise, loathe potlucks. Did I mention that I hate potlucks? I love to cook but always feel deflated and restricted by the typical non-hound American potluck concept.
Anyhow, my husband's department is having their first group gathering since he started his job there in the fall. So, I'm meeting his colleagues for the FIRST time which adds a layer of pressure and anxiety. It's a Sat. late afternoon potluck hosted at someone's house. The mains (typical grilled food) will be provided and we're being asked to bring one dish around that--app, salad, side, or dessert.
As usual, I'm at a total loss for what to bring. I don't have a signature or default potluck dish and would like to bring either an app or side; salads seem well covered right now and there are always too many (bad)desserts at potlucks. Several of his colleagues are vegetarian, and sounds like people are into healthy stuff, organics, etc.
Any ideas for something tasty, veggie-friendly, and easy to moderate effort in the app or side dish category? I'm def. open to ideas, but was thinking about a zesty, garlicky artichoke dip (have a bag of frozen artichokes) served w/ toasted baguette slices and veggies (blanched asparagus and baby carrots from the farmer's market). Anyone have a good artichoke dip recipe? Thanks a bunch for any ideas and recipes!