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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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Mixes make this light cake easy, and a Bundt pan gets it holiday party-ready. Go for the pistachios on top—the extra crunch is worth it. —Dina Crowell, Fredericksburg, VA
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Pecan Butter Tarts

Pecan Butter Tarts

Pecan Butter Tarts

I searched for the perfect butter tart for ages. After many attempts, I discovered this favorite that begs for a scoop of ice cream on top. —Susan Kieboam, Streetsboro, OH

Peanut Bars

Peanut Bars

Peanut Bars

With peanut butter in both the bars and frosting, plus nuts sprinkled on top, this recipe has triple the peanutty goodness. —Ren Reed, Tavares, Florida

Grandma Nardi's Italian Easter Bread

Grandma Nardi's Italian Easter Bread

Grandma Nardi's Italian Easter Bread

My Grandma Nardi’s bread with dyed Easter eggs represents family and tradition. I fondly remember how she taught me the recipe when I was a little girl. —Pat Merkovich, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

Purple-Ribbon Pumpkin Cake

I belong to a Christmas village collectors' club and we all bring a potluck dish to our monthy meetings. The cake is always a hit. It's one of my family's favorite Thanksgiving desserts, too, and disappears before the pumpkin pie does. —Debby Powers, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Garlic

When we have company, these sprouts are my go-to side dish because they look and taste fantastic. Fancy them up a notch with pancetta instead of bacon. —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, SC

Citrus-Raspberry Coffee Cake

Citrus-Raspberry Coffee Cake

Citrus-Raspberry Coffee Cake

Orange and lemon beautifully complement the raspberry flavor in this dense cake. Add a dusting of confectioners’ sugar for a pretty finishing touch. —Pat Harlow, Cataldo, Idaho
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Spiced Green Tea

Spiced Green Tea

Spiced Green Tea

"It's fun to cozy up to the campfire with a mug of this tangy tea," says Sandra McKenzie, Braham, Minnesota. "It's a unique blend of green tea, fruit juices and spice."

Yogurt Herb Bread

Yogurt Herb Bread

Yogurt Herb Bread

Slices from these high, savory loaves always seem to vanish quickly from a buffet. An enticing combination of herbs makes a distinctive flavor folks rave about. —Carol Forcum, Marion, Illinois

Chocolate Almond Dessert

Chocolate Almond Dessert

Chocolate Almond Dessert

Who wouldn’t love this rich and decadent finale? It’s absolutely perfect for any special occasion. —Heidi Hall, North St. Paul, Minnesota

Tropical Butterhorn Trees

Tropical Butterhorn Trees

Tropical Butterhorn Trees

Coconut turns ordinary butterhorn rolls into a tropical treat! The tree shape is fun for Christmas. —Carolyn Faust, Caldwell, Texas

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

My great-aunt gave me this recipe. It's especially delicious when rhubarb is in season, and tastes even better with the old-fashioned milk topping. But you'll love it even with frozen rhubarb and "modern-day" whipped topping!

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

Homemade Marinated Shrimp

It figures that this colorful and carefree dish is a favorite with Margaret McGehee's family. "The recipe evolved from adding and subtracting ingredients until everyone liked the results," reports the Knoxville, Tennessee reader.

Mediterranean Nachos

Mediterranean Nachos

Mediterranean Nachos

Make a Mediterranean version of nachos using crisped pita wedges topped with ground lamb or beef, feta cheese and a creamy cucumber sauce.—Zaza Fullman-Kasl, Ventura, California



Cereal Cookie Bars

Cereal Cookie Bars

Cereal Cookie Bars

These chewy crowd-pleasers from Connie Craig of Lakewood, Washington feature all sorts of goodies, including chocolate chips, raisins, coconut and candy-coated baking bits. For a more colorful look, press the baking bits on top of the bars instead of stirring them into the cereal mixture.

Lemon Carrot Bread

Lemon Carrot Bread

Lemon Carrot Bread

Lemon and carrot flavors combine for a unique flavor sensation in this moist quick bread. I know it's a winner because I bring a loaf to our church festival every year, and I always get requests to bake it again.

Peanut Ice Cream Delight

Peanut Ice Cream Delight

Peanut Ice Cream Delight

A cookie crust topped with ice cream, peanuts and homemade caramel and chocolate sauce…no wonder this dessert was such a hit at my future daughter-in-law's bridal shower.

Mulled Pomegranate Sipper

Mulled Pomegranate Sipper

Mulled Pomegranate Sipper

This warm comforting cider fills the entire house with a wonderful aroma. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri
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