46 Recipes That Will Make You Potluck Famous (2024)

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BySue Stetzel

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Updated: Jul. 09, 2024

    Need potluck recipes that stand out from the rest? This collection is just what the home-cook ordered. Whip up one of these tried and true potluck superstars for your next get-together.


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    Picadillo Sliders

    When I’m pressed for time, these beefy sliders are my go-to. Any leftover picadillo makes for great nachos or queso dip. It freezes well, too! —Patterson Watkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    Spectacular Overnight Slaw

    To come up with this dish, I used a number of different recipes, plus some ideas of my own. It's great for a potluck because it's made the night before and the flavor keeps getting better. Whenever I serve it, I'm inundated with recipe requests. —Ruth Lovett, Bay City, Texas

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    Favorite Baked Spaghetti

    This is my grandchildren's most-loved dish. It feels like a special dinner and is so cozy for cooler months. —Louise Miller, Westminster, Maryland

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    I couldn’t say who loves this recipe best, because it gets raves every time I serve it! Occasionally I even get a phone call or email from a friend requesting the recipe, and it's certainly a favorite for my grown children and 15 grandchildren. —Maryalice Wood, Langley, British Columbia

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    Berry Nectarine Salad

    I've been making this recipe for years. Whenever my family has a summer get-together, everyone requests it. The nectarines and berries look beautiful together, and the topping is the perfect accent. —Mindee Myers, Lincoln, Nebraska

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    Chiles Rellenos Squares

    My family requests this chiles rellenos dish regularly—it's easy to prepare and makes a nice hors d'oeuvre or complement to a Mexican or Spanish meal. A friend I worked with shared the recipe with me several years ago. —Fran Carll, Long Beach, California

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    Sausage Lasagna

    The idea for this sausage lasagna recipe comes from my mother-in-law, who always makes it for my three boys on special holidays. I've put an easy twist on Carole's classic dish, and it's become one of my go-to dinners as well! —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, VA

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    Chunky Blond Brownies

    Every bite of these chewy blondies is packed with chunks of white and semisweet chocolate and macadamia nuts. It's a potluck offering that stands out. —Rosemary Dreiske, Lemmon, South Dakota

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    Judy's Macaroni Salad

    After finding this vintage macaroni salad recipe years ago, I tweaked the flavor and bumped up the pickles. Tuck this dill pickle pasta salad inside your picnic basket. —Elizabeth Kirchgatter, Maysville, Kentucky


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    Spicy Shredded Beef Sandwiches

    If you like your shredded beef with a little kick, then this recipe is for you. For an even zestier version of this recipe, add another jar of jalapenos or use hot peppers instead of the pepperocinis. —Kristen Langmeier, Faribault, Minnesota

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    Skillet Rolls

    My family constantly requests this cake is constantly. I don’t mind making it because it’s surprisingly low-cal. —Eileen Travis, Ukiah, California

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    Everyone has a favorite potato salad, and this is mine. As a young bride, I was eager to learn how to cook and make things that my husband would love. I combined my mom's and his mom's recipes, and this potato and egg salad the delicious result. —Angela Leinenbach, Mechanicsville, Virginia

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    Greek Pita Spread

    I first tried this at a family gathering and was blown away! I have since made it for my co-workers, and they just love it. I've gotten many requests for the recipe. —Joyce Benninger, Owen Sound, Ontario

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    Lemon Pudding Dessert

    After a big meal, folks really go for this light lemon treat. The shortbread crust is the perfect base for the fluffy top layers. I've prepared this sunny dessert for church suppers for years and I always get recipe requests.—Muriel DeWitt, Maynard, Massachusetts

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    Grilled Loaded Potato Rounds

    My go-to recipe for outdoor potlucks is an awesome potato side. I prep everything beforehand, then assemble and grill at the party. Serve with sour cream, cheese, bacon and chives. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, Texas

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    Cheesy Sausage Stromboli

    I've had a hundred requests for this recipe over the years. Perfect for brunch or as an evening snack, this sausage-filled bread is not tricky to make—and I never have to worry about storing leftovers! —Vada McRoberts, Silver Lake, Kansas

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    Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea Salad

    My black-eyed pea salad reminds me of a Southern cooking class my husband and I took while visiting Savannah, Georgia. People go nuts for it at picnics and potlucks. —Danielle Lee, Charleston, South Carolina

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    Can't-Eat-Just-One Cinnamon Rolls

    My cinnamon rolls have been known to vanish quickly. Once I dropped off a dozen rolls for my brothers, and they emptied the pan in 10 minutes. —Regina Farmwald, West Farmington, Ohio

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    Giant Molasses Cookies

    My family always requests these soft molasses cookies. These chewy cookies are also perfect for shipping as holiday gifts or to troops overseas. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

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    Marbled Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake

    I came up with this recipe because I love the frozen cappuccino drinks at coffee shops and wanted a cheesecake with the same goods. If you try it, don't hold the whip. The creamy mocha-infused topping is the best part! —Becky McClaflin, Blanchard, Oklahoma

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    I always like to bring this healthy option to parties and potlucks, and people seem to really appreciate that. No oil is necessary for this salad; the lemon juice combines with the feta to lightly coat the bright, fresh ingredients. —Camille Parker, Chicago, Illinois

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    Slow-Cooked Pork Burritos

    I have been making these slow-cooker burritos for as long as I can remember, changing the recipe now and then to add variety. This is the version we serve for casual get-togethers with friends. —Sharon Belmont, Lincoln, Nebraska

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    Apricot Ham Balls

    My family requests these ham balls for our annual Christmas Eve open house.

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    Deluxe Strawberry Shortcake

    This tasty shortcake is perfect for the Fourth of July. I love the moist texture and from-scratch flavor. It's foolproof and always brings lots of compliments. —Janet Fant, Denair, California

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    Peanut Butter-Filled Brownie Cupcakes

    I have made this outstandingly delicious recipe for years. These rich cupcakes are sure to delight everyone you make them for. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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    Peach Gelatin Salad

    My mother always asked our family what we wanted to eat for holiday dinners. Without exception, our requests included this refreshing gelatin. Toasted walnuts give it a little crunch. —Dennis King, Navarre, Florida

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    Caraway Coleslaw with Citrus Mayonnaise

    The combination of caraway and orange keeps this slaw from being anything but run-of-the-mill. I always get requests to bring a big batch to potlucks; proof positive that it's a keeper! I also like to make it a day ahead so the flavors can truly blend. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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    No-Bake Chocolate-Pecan Tartlets

    At the last minute, I frantically came up with this treat for a holiday tea. The tartlets were quickly gobbled up. Now, I make them for our annual Teacher Taster's Choice and special family gatherings. —Joy Johnson, Culbertson, Montana

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    Slow Cooker Calico Beans

    With so many folks moving to meatless or healthier food choices, I decided to remove the meat from the original recipe but turn up the flavor. The savory veggie blend balances the sweetness of the baked beans. —David Dixon, Shaker Heights, OH

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    Beer Cheese in a Bread Bowl

    My entire family loves this cheese dip. I often get requests to bring it to gatherings with friends. Chopped scallions make a pretty optional garnish. —Julie Koch, Delaware, Ohio

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    Chicken Salad Party Sandwiches

    My famous chicken salad arrives at the party chilled in a plastic container. When it’s time to set out the food, I stir in the pecans and assemble the sandwiches. They’re a hit at buffet-style potlucks. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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    The combination of green beans and red potatoes, sometimes known as green beans Pierre, is one of my go-to side dishes. It's terrific with chicken.— Preci D'Silva, Dubai

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    Layered Curried Cheese Spread

    Pretty and tasty, this layered dips has become my signature appetizer. We make this for almost every party and family occasion we attend.—Melody Kieffer, Kirkland, Washington

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    Noodle Pudding

    Whenever I bring this creamy dish to gatherings, it always prompts recipe requests. The surprising sweetness comes from apricot nectar, and everyone enjoys the golden buttery topping. —Eileen Meyers, Scott Township, Pennsylvania

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    New Orleans Gumbo

    I’ve been making this New Orleans gumbo for at least 30 years. I’m originally from New Orleans, and I think it’s a nice taste of the Vieux Carre (French Quarter). Everyone who tastes this gumbo wants the recipe. It’s an old standby for my family, who requests it frequently. —Dolores M. Bridges, Danville, Kentucky

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    Coconut Poppy Seed Cake

    This moist coconut cake is definitely one of my most-requested desserts. Use different cake mixes and pudding flavors for variety. —Gail Cayce, Wautoma, Wisconsin

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    Bacon-Pimiento Cheese Corn Muffins

    Cornbread is essential at family dinners, and with the addition of bacon and pimiento cheese, you'll have requests for more long after the get-together! —Holly Jones, Kennesaw, Georgia

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    Potluck Spareribs

    When I want to bring home an empty pan from a potluck, I turn to this recipe. The ribs disappear in minutes! —Sheri Kirkman, Lancaster, New York

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    Originally Published: April 19, 2018


    Sue Stetzel

    Sue has been working with Taste of Home since 2011. When she isn’t writing, she’s answering your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Community Cooks. She spends her free time cooking, crafting, and volunteering for various organizations in her home town.

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    What everyone brings to a potluck dinner? ›

    Homestyle favorites like macaroni and cheese, chicken and dumplings, chili, mashed potatoes, pork chops & gravy, meatloaf, apple pie and chocolate chip cookies are a few potluck hall-of-famers. Let your friends and neighbors choose their favorite comfort food to bring.

    What store-bought food can I bring to a potluck? ›

    • Sushi. If there's a boat I want to sail away on, it's a sushi boat. ...
    • Cheese and Charcuterie Fixings. Has anyone ever been sad to see a cheese and charcuterie board at a potluck? ...
    • Canned and Jarred Goods. ...
    • Shrimp and co*cktail Sauce. ...
    • Chips and Dip. ...
    • Frozen Apps. ...
    • Fried Chicken. ...
    • Soup.
    Sep 16, 2023

    What is the best food to bring to a party? ›

    Best Party Food Ideas for Adults on a Budget
    • Guacamole and Salsa Bar. ...
    • Crostini With Toppings. ...
    • Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. ...
    • Cucumber Sandwiches. ...
    • Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels. ...
    • Homemade Pita Chips With Tzatziki. ...
    • Meatball Skewers.
    Jan 10, 2024

    What are the most popular finger foods? ›

    Then again, you can't go wrong with party food favorites like pinwheel recipes, pigs in a blanket, party dips, and deviled eggs—they make a welcome addition to any potluck spread. Just serve them with one of our tasty co*cktails, and these finger food ideas are guaranteed to win over any crowd.

    What is the cheapest food to make for a party? ›

    20 Great inexpensive party food ideas
    • Ham and cheese pinwheels. ...
    • Mini spinach pies. ...
    • Spaghetti bolognese. ...
    • Baguettes with toppings (bruschetta) ...
    • Egg, cheese, and ham skewers. ...
    • Chicken pot pie. ...
    • Cheese straws. ...
    • Macaroni and cheese. You can make a few dishes of macaroni and cheese and serve it from warming trays.
    Oct 13, 2022

    What are the essentials for a potluck? ›

    Remember the Essentials - In addition to plates, cutlery, napkins and cups, remember extra serving utensils and potholders for hot dishes. Don't forget plenty of extra dishcloths and paper towels for spills.

    What not to bring to a potluck? ›

    Don't show up with a dish that needs tons of assembly or oven time, particularly if you don't know the host well. No soup! Potluck food should be plate-based.

    What should I bring to a potluck last minute? ›

    Whether you're short on time or simply looking for convenient yet delightful options, these dishes are sure to be a hit at any potluck gathering.
    • Caprese Skewers. ...
    • Gourmet Cheese Platter. ...
    • Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken. ...
    • Tortilla Pinwheels. ...
    • Fruit Salad. ...
    • Frozen Meatballs in Sauce. ...
    • Assorted Cookies. ...
    • Fruit Skewers.
    May 20, 2024

    How many dishes should you bring to a potluck? ›

    Main dishes and side dishes are the heart and soul of a potluck feast. These dishes tend to be more substantial and filling, so it's essential to strike a balance and avoid excessive portions. As a general rule, plan for one main dish serving and one or two side dish servings per person.

    What to bring for finger food? ›

    Think marinated feta cubes or Manchego-stuffed dates wrapped with prosciutto or chips topped with salmon roe. Of course, if you're looking to keep things simple and delicious, we've got plenty of finger food ideas for tacos, mini sandwiches, meatballs and more.

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