The dreaded potluck. Everyone sooner or later will be invited to participate in a custom that requires the bringing of a supposed homemade dish. Sometimes it’s at work. Sometimes it’s after a funeral. No matter when it is, if you’re not the best chef, it can be painful to watch everyone walk past your dish, unwilling to make space on their plate while they politely whisper to the person behind them questions like, “what is that” or “who brought this”. The best way to win at potlucks is to find a simple dish that is easy to perfect and can be slightly changed according to the occasion…kind of like a variant cover (for you nerdy home chefs).
The solution I’ve found, which is one of my personal favorites, is white chocolate covered grapes. You can also use this recipe for strawberries, pretzels, or anything else you find that would be delicious covered in chocolate…so pretty much anything. It’s simple to make and no freezing or refrigerating to harden the chocolate. You can also change the presentation slightly by also dipping in crushed honey roasted peanuts or chocolate sprinkles for extra flavor.
You Will Need:
2 Cups (A 12oz Bag) of White Chocolate Morsels (I prefer Tollhouse)
2 Teaspoons Shortening
Aluminum Foil or Wax Paper
Seedless Grapes, Strawberries, or anything else you want to use
Here we go…
Start by putting the chocolate and shortening into a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir to rotate the shortening and morsels that have begun to melt. Continue microwaving at 30 second intervals followed by stirring until you have a smooth liquid that isn’t too hot, or bubbling. This step took me about 4 intervals of 30 seconds.
Let this sit out to cool down while you’re rinsing your fruit or preparing what you’ve chosen to dip.
Get a plate ready by covering it with tin foil or wax paper. This step is optional, as the chocolate won’t adhere to the plate, but I find it’s a little easier to prevent the chocolate from slipping while drying, and easier to remove when you’re ready to eat it.
Once you’re ready, slowly dip the grapes halfway into the chocolate, or if you would like to cover the entire grape, use a toothpick to dip it so you don’t end up with a mess. You can also choose to then dip your grapes (or other food) in sprinkles or peanuts too!
Place the dipped grapes on a plate and allow the chocolate to reach room temperature to harden. This only took a minute or two. After that you can refrigerate the dish and it will be a big hit!
Don’t worry about rushing. The shortening makes this chocolate dip work because it prevents it from drying out and hardening, so you can take your time. Enjoy!