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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Cheese & Pesto Biscuits

Biscuits always liven up a meal, especially when they’re golden brown and filled with pesto, garlic and cheese for extra zip. —Liz Bellville, Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Cafe Mocha Cookies

Cafe Mocha Cookies

Cafe Mocha Cookies

These taste like my favorite coffee house drink in cookie form. They're crispy outside, but soft in the middle. —Angela Spengler, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

Carrot Cake with Pecan Frosting

My husband constantly requests this homey, old-fashioned version of carrot cake. The frosting is still tasty even without the pecans. —Adrian Badon, Denham Springs, Louisiana

Chocolate Chip-Cranberry Scones

Chocolate Chip-Cranberry Scones

Chocolate Chip-Cranberry Scones

My daughter started making these as a "healthy" alternative to cookies since we seem to like cookies of any kind. I've never been able to eat just one, so this recipe seemed perfect for us. —Nichole Jones, Idaho Falls, Idaho

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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

Lemon-Lime Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Lime Poppy Seed Cake

Lemon-Lime Poppy Seed Cake

There’s plenty of lemon-lime flavor in this tender cake to please any citrus lover. Plus, it’s a breeze to make.

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
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Waldorf Stuffed Ham

Waldorf Stuffed Ham

Waldorf Stuffed Ham

I couldn’t resist trying something new for this contest, and this recipe just popped into my head. I served it to my husband, and he said it’s a keeper. —Colleen Vrooman, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Apple Crisp Crescents

Apple Crisp Crescents

Apple Crisp Crescents

Cinnamony apples are wrapped in a tender pastry to create a crispy delicacy. The flavor reminds me of apple crisp.—Betty Lawton, Pennington, New Jersey

Caramel Nut Bars

Caramel Nut Bars

Caramel Nut Bars

No one can resist these chewy caramel and chocolate bars with a delightful oat crust and topping. They make a tempting dessert or a special snack anytime. These rich bars are perfect for a potluck since a little goes a long way. -Pat Hills, South Dayton, New York

No-Fail Fudge

No-Fail Fudge

No-Fail Fudge

Our family is very active in our county fair. This fudge was the only fair entry not to melt in the 100°-plus weather we had that year.—Jeannie De Vries, Martinton, Illinois

Ham & Cheese Rolls

Ham & Cheese Rolls

Ham & Cheese Rolls

This is a favorite in our home and for parties because it's quick and easy and can be made ahead of time. It's also easy to double the recipe for large batches. — Leah Forth, Flora, Illinois

Stuffed Party Mushrooms

Stuffed Party Mushrooms

Stuffed Party Mushrooms

“I created this recipe with things I had in my fridge. Now it’s one of our party-time favorites. We fix them all the time with different kinds of cream cheese, but I never seem to make enough!” Tara Sturgeon - Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

New Orleans-Style Spicy Shrimp

New Orleans-Style Spicy Shrimp

New Orleans-Style Spicy Shrimp

We have family members who attended college in New Orleans. This shrimp captures their favorite flavors from The Big Easy, with the right touch of spices and heat. —Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York

Chocolate Malt Cheesecake

Chocolate Malt Cheesecake

Chocolate Malt Cheesecake

My mother-in-law loved chocolate malts—and cheesecakes, too. Can you guess who passed this recipe on to me? Sometimes, I substitute pretzel crumbs for the graham cracker crumbs. They make a surprisingly good crust!

Strawberry Nut Bread

Strawberry Nut Bread

Strawberry Nut Bread

I like to make sandwiches out of this quick bread by spreading the strawberry cream cheese between two slices.

Double-Stuffed Potatoes

Double-Stuffed Potatoes

Double-Stuffed Potatoes

This creamy dish comes alive with the addition of sweet potatoes, brown sugar and cinnamon. Fresh pears lend an unexpected, yet fitting, special touch. Taste of Home Test Kitchen - Greendale, Wisconsin

Crowd-Pleasin' Muffuletta

Crowd-Pleasin' Muffuletta

Crowd-Pleasin' Muffuletta

A garlic-olive paste is the delicious difference in this hearty make-ahead sandwich. —Jeannie Yee, Fremont, California
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