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Easy Potluck Breakfast Ideas for Work

A potluck breakfast at work can be a great way to bond with colleagues and start the day on a positive note. But having to bring a dish can sometimes be a little stressful. It would be nice to impress your coworkers without a lot of time and effort in the kitchen, so below are some potluck breakfast recipes, dishes, and no-cook ideas, organised from lowest spoon (minimal effort) to high spoon (more effort required) that are perfect for sharing with your team, without spending hours in the kitchen.

What is a Potluck?
A potluck is a communal meal where each guest brings a dish to share. The idea is to spread the cooking responsibilities among many people, making it easier for everyone involved while also providing lots of variety.

Is it ok to bring store bought?
Yes, unless your workplace is really against it. In some workplaces this is even preferred, due to food safety reasons.

What are some common breakfast potluck dishes?

  1. Cut up fruit. Every potluck breakfast has cut up fruit because it’s easy and popular. You can buy the fruit already cut up, or do it yourself.
  2. Sweets like doughnuts and muffins. Mini doughnuts and muffins are especially popular.
  3. Savory muffins – ham and cheese, spinach and feta, savory muffins are delicious.

Low Spoon (Minimal Effort) no-cook breakfast potluck ideas

  1. Croissants and Pastries Pick up a variety of croissants and pastries from your local bakery. They require no preparation and are always a hit at breakfast gatherings. They look and taste luxurious with zero effort on your part.
  2. Cheese and Crackers A simple yet elegant option, a cheese and cracker platter can include a variety of cheeses, from cheddar to brie, along with an assortment of crackers. Add some dried fruits and nuts to complement the flavours. This requires no cooking and looks gourmet.
  3. Bagel and Spread Platter A selection of bagels with various spreads is always a hit. Include cream cheese, avocado spread, hummus, and jams. Add some smoked salmon and capers for an extra touch of luxury. It’s an easy yet impressive dish to bring.
  4. Veggie Platter with Dip A fresh veggie platter with hummus or ranch dip is a healthy and easy-to-prepare option. Include a variety of vegetables like carrots, celery, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. It’s colourful, nutritious, and requires very little effort. Pre cut vegetables are a great option for this too.
  5. Apple Slices with Caramel Dip Provide a platter of fresh apple slices with a side of caramel dip. This is a sweet and crunchy option that requires minimal preparation.

Medium Spoon (Moderate Effort)

  1. Deviled eggs – a crowd favorite
  2. Scones with Jam and Cream Scones are a delightful addition to any breakfast spread. Serve them with a variety of jams and clotted cream for a treat that feels both indulgent and homemade. They’re easy to bake and look fancy on the table.
  3. Bake (or buy) a sweet bread loaf like banana bread, zucchini bread, or lemon poppy seed bread. Slice it up for easy serving. These are always a hit and can be made ahead of time.
  4. Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups Make ham and cheese roll-ups using tortillas or flatbread, sliced ham, and cheese. Roll them up, slice into bite-sized pieces, and secure with toothpicks. These are easy to assemble and transport

High Spoon (More Effort)

  1. Mini Quiches Mini quiches are a crowd-pleaser and can be customised to suit various dietary preferences. Prepare them with different fillings like spinach and feta, ham and cheese, or mushrooms and bell peppers. They’re easy to transport and can be served at room temperature, making them perfect for a potluck.
  2. Breakfast Burritos Breakfast burritos can be prepped ahead of time and are easy to eat on the go. Fill tortillas with scrambled eggs, cheese, beans, and veggies, then wrap them up and keep them warm until serving. They’re hearty and satisfying, sure to impress your coworkers.
  3. Breakfast Casserole Make a breakfast casserole with layers of hash browns or bread, eggs, cheese, and sausage or vegetables. Bake it the night before and reheat in the morning or cook overnight in a crockpot (slow cooker) for a lower spoon version.
  4. Pancake Bites Make mini pancake bites using a mini muffin tin. Fill each with pancake batter and add mix-ins like blueberries or chocolate chips. Bake until golden and serve with syrup for dipping.

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