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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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Snow-Capped Mocha Fudge Drops

Everyone loves seeing chocolate on a cookie plate. Our version is super fudgy with an hint of rich mocha. The edible glitter adds a sparkling touch. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
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Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu

Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu

Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu

I transformed tiramisu from coffee to pumpkin-flavored for a special holiday with my brother and parents. A new Christmas tradition was born! —Heather Clary, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Zesty Coleslaw

Zesty Coleslaw

Zesty Coleslaw

This simple slaw tastes best when it's refrigerated for at least one hour. The mixture seems to get creamier as it sits. —Michelle Gauer, Spicer, Minnesota

Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad

Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad

Spinach, Apple & Pecan Salad

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

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Two-Tone Cheesecake Pie

Two-Tone Cheesecake Pie

Two-Tone Cheesecake Pie

"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."

Mexican Salsa Pizza

Mexican Salsa Pizza

Mexican Salsa Pizza

“This recipe gets rave reviews” exclaims Carla McMahon of Hermiston, Oregon. It’s great as is, but you can kick up the heat with spicy salsa and pepper jack cheese. 8

Poppy Seed Citrus Cake

Poppy Seed Citrus Cake

Poppy Seed Citrus Cake

“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.”
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Pineapple Lime Gelatin

Pineapple Lime Gelatin

Pineapple Lime Gelatin

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!

Peanut Chocolate Bars

Peanut Chocolate Bars

Peanut Chocolate Bars

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.

East Coast Crab Appetizers

East Coast Crab Appetizers

East Coast Crab Appetizers

These appetizers are simple to make and absolutely delicious. We love seafood here on the East Coast, so I make these often!

Cottage Potatoes

Cottage Potatoes

Cottage Potatoes

"I often make this recipe from my cousin for our family reunion...and there's never any left to take home," relates Mary Sholtis of Ashtabula, Ohio

Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

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

Cutout Wedding Cookies

Cutout Wedding Cookies

Cutout Wedding Cookies

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

Cottage Butterhorns

Cottage Butterhorns

Cottage Butterhorns

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

Chocolate Toffee Crunchies

Chocolate Toffee Crunchies

Chocolate Toffee Crunchies

From the buttery crust to the golden toffee, melted chocolate and chopped pecans, these bars are filled with Noel flavor.

Yummy Cookie Bars

Yummy Cookie Bars

Yummy Cookie Bars

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.

Chive-Cheese Corn Bread

Chive-Cheese Corn Bread

Chive-Cheese Corn Bread

This corn bread goes well with any main dish. The chives and sharp cheddar cheese give it a special flavor.

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

Savory Mediterranean Orzo

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
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