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Potluck Recipes

Looking for potluck ideas? Impress friends and family with these crowd-pleasing potluck recipes that range from appetizers and beverages to dinners, salads, sandwiches, side dishes, soups and chilis, desserts and more.

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Confetti Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

This simple and tender cake has been celebrated in my family for years. Dressed up with tinted frosting and confetti, it becomes pure party fun. — Karen Berner, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Peanut butter lovers go nuts for these rich little sandwich cookies. On a hot day, sandwich ice cream between the cookies instead of frosting. It cools you right down. —Keri Wolfe, Nappanee, Indiana

Sweet Onion & Red Bell Pepper Topping

Sweet Onion & Red Bell Pepper Topping

Sweet Onion & Red Bell Pepper Topping

As soon as the spring Vidalia onions hit the market, this is one of the first recipes I make. I use it on hot dogs, bruschetta, cream cheese and crackers. It is so versatile. —Pat Hockett, Ocala, Florida

Thyme-Roasted Carrots

Thyme-Roasted Carrots

Thyme-Roasted Carrots

Cutting the carrots lengthwise makes this dish look extra pretty. For even more elegance, garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme or parsley. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

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Cappuccino Chip Cupcakes

Cappuccino Chip Cupcakes

Cappuccino Chip Cupcakes

I use a muffin mix, white chips and instant coffee granules to make these coffee-house treats.

Marinated Beef on Buns

Marinated Beef on Buns

Marinated Beef on Buns

"I've modified this recipe over the years, increasing the amount of dipping sauce and and adding fresh garlic, " says Nancy Yarlett of Thornhill, Ontario. "I cooked triple the amount for a huge family reunion, and all of my in-laws asked for the recipe!"

Creamy Herbed Vegetables

Creamy Herbed Vegetables

Creamy Herbed Vegetables

We always pass this dish to Dad first, since he likes the creamy herbed combination so much. He rates it tops among all the trimmings served for the turkey dinner when our gang of more than 20 gathers to celebrate. —Keri Scofield Lawson, Fullerton, California

Chewy Pecan Drops

Chewy Pecan Drops

Chewy Pecan Drops

The cherry center gives a festive look to my nutty cookies. They're easy to make and take to holiday gatherings.

Cheesy Zucchini Rice Casserole

Cheesy Zucchini Rice Casserole

Cheesy Zucchini Rice Casserole

Cheese is one of the major agricultural products in our area of northern California. A colleague gave me this recipe a number of years ago, and it's always a hit at potluck dinners.

Flavored Mocha Drink Mix

Flavored Mocha Drink Mix

Flavored Mocha Drink Mix

Edna Hoffman of Hebron, Indiana relies on vanilla and almond extracts to get two great flavors from one hot beverage mix. "At Christmastime, you can package these fun mixes in pretty jars, decorative tins or holiday mugs to make great-tasting gifts," she suggests.

Cranberry-Cashew Drop Cookies

Cranberry-Cashew Drop Cookies

Cranberry-Cashew Drop Cookies

This exceptional cookie features a wonderful chunky combination of cashews, dried cranberries and white chips. Make plenty. They will disappear quickly.

Hearty Potluck Chili

Hearty Potluck Chili

Hearty Potluck Chili

A co-worker made this hearty and well-seasoned chili for a potluck at work, and I just had to have the recipe. It freezes nicely, too. —Linda Boehme, Fairmont, Minnesota

Artichoke-Lamb Sandwich Loaves

Artichoke-Lamb Sandwich Loaves

Artichoke-Lamb Sandwich Loaves

These tender sandwiches will surely become the talk of any get-together. Helen Hassler of Denver, Pennsylvania hollows out sourdough baguettes before filling them with cucumber, cheese and marinated lamb and artichokes. Simply delicious, the mouthwatering bites are perfect for a spring brunch.

Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork

Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork

Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork

Cranberry sauce adds a yummy twist on traditional pulled pork my family can't get enough of! The pork cooks to tender perfection in the slow cooker, which also makes this dish conveniently portable. —Carrie Wiegand, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Shallot-Blue Cheese Dip

Perfect party fare, this five-ingredient dip is a treat on baked potatoes, too. —Alisa Pirtle, Browns Valley, California

Crispy Potato Puffs

Crispy Potato Puffs

Crispy Potato Puffs

Crispy coating surrounds a velvety potato filling in these adorable puffs. They make a perfect side for meats and poultry. Best of all, the recipe makes 2 dozen, so you can use just the number you need for dinner.—Eva Tomlinson, Bryan, Ohio

Pumpkin Fruitcake

Pumpkin Fruitcake

Pumpkin Fruitcake

I make this fruity cake many times during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The moist cake has wonderful pumpkin flavor and is flecked with pecans, dates, raisins and cherries.—Janet Hradsky, Three Rivers, Michigan

Bingo Bread

Bingo Bread

Bingo Bread

This savory, delicious herb bread was a winner at my "cards and games" dinner!The pretty loaves get their deep golden color from whole wheat flour and eggs in the dough. The bread goes well with soup or salad, and it makes great toast, too.
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