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.
Company was on the way, and I realized I'd forgotten to buy salad ingredients—epic fail! I scavenged the kitchen to come up with the right blend of ingredients, and created an instant favorite. You can use any type of apple but Galas are my favorite. —Kelly Walsh, Aviston, Illinois
"Here's a creamy dessert that is simply luscious. My husband loves it," says Jean Smalls of Cooper City, Florida. "I'm proud to serve it to company because it always draws raves, I can make it ahead of time, then top with additional berries and chocolate curls just before serving."
“My youngest daughter loves anything with lemon and this is her favorite cake," writes Charolette Westfall from Houston, Texas. "It's refreshing and a delight for spring! Also perfect for Easter and easy to pack for early picnics.”
This recipe was passed down by my mother. We serve it often, but especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Of course, the green color makes it nice for St. Patrick’s Day, too. With the marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream, the sweet salad can even be served as a light dessert.
I like to cook for both small groups and large crowds. When our entire family gets together for thanks and feasting, it’s a wonderful time!
Sue Thomas of Casa Grande, Arizona uses common pantry items to whip up these bars. Peanut butter combines with a cake mix for a tender crust. Then a rich layer of cream cheese is topped with chocolate chips and nuts before baking.
When your friends take a look at this vibrant appetizer, they'll know they're at a party. There's nothing better than nibbling on one of these comforting snacks while watching fall football. They are cheesy, bacony, and superb.—Elizabeth Bennett, Mill Creek, Washington
The dessert table shapes up sweetly when we make these crisp, almond-flavored cookies for family weddings. Hearts, lips, doves, bells and other love-themed cutters work well.—Grace Van Timmeren, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Start the dough for these attractive crescents the night before, and you’ll have rich, flaky golden rolls the next morning to enjoy with your coffee. A sweet drizzle makes the buttery rolls hard to resist.—Mary Schmittinger, Colgate, Wisconsin
I received this recipe from a special co-worker at school, and it is always a huge success when I make them. It works great to make them a day in advance. It will allow the bars to set and be cut easier.
If you like to celebrate the season by sampling flavors from around the world, you’ll love this Mediterranean side. The yellow summer squash, roasted red peppers and spinach yield specks of eye-popping color that makes this dish festive.—Kristi Silk, Ferndale, Washington