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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Apple & Cheddar Mini Scones

Cheese and sage go well with apples, so why not put them all in scones? These mini ones make a fall brunch, tailgate or party even more fun. Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

Creole Shrimp & Crab Cheesecake

We live on the beach and love to eat seafood. A stay-at-home mom, I also love to experiment in the kitchen. I came up with this savory spread as a special appetizer.—Christy Hughes, Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

Whole Wheat Orzo Salad

In less than 30 minutes, I can put together this hearty salad of pasta, white beans and veggies – and it’s good for a crowd. — Mya Zeronis, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Confetti Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

Confetti Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream

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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Southwestern Pizza

Southwestern Pizza

Southwestern Pizza

I dreamed up this pizza for a New Year's Eve party at church. My craving for corn bread and black bean and corn salsa was the inspiration.—Caroline Grooms, Dickinson, North Dakota

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

Strawberry Ice Cream Dessert

This pretty, refreshing treat has been served many times at our church showers. We just love it.—Teresa Ryherd, Fairbank, Iowa

Oozy Green Eyeballs

Oozy Green Eyeballs

Oozy Green Eyeballs

Because it calls for frozen prepared meatballs, this unique appetizer takes mere minutes to prepare.—Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio
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Macadamia Berry Dessert

Macadamia Berry Dessert

Macadamia Berry Dessert

My family and friends love this dessert, and I've shared the recipe several times. The crunchy nut crust and colorful raspberry filling make it special enough for guests. During the holidays, I substitute a can of whole-berry cranberry sauce for the raspberries.

Swirled Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Swirled Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Swirled Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Pretty swirls of cream cheese and peanut butter dress up a convenient package of cake mix with yummy results in this recipe Cheryl Paulsen sends from Omro, Wisconsin.

Simple Luncheon Salad

Simple Luncheon Salad

Simple Luncheon Salad

"For a bridal shower or summer buffet, this colorful crunchy chicken salad is a perfect choice," notes Pat Stevens, field editor from Granbury, Texas.

Cheddar Olive Loaf

Cheddar Olive Loaf

Cheddar Olive Loaf

Made in the bread machine, this moist loaf has nice texture and great flavor. The cheese also gives the bread an appealing light orange tint. It smells so good while baking that I can hardly wait until it's done and cool enough to slice! -Catherine Dawe, Kent, Ohio

Makeover Fudge Cake

Makeover Fudge Cake

Makeover Fudge Cake

Mary Jo Kopecky of Madison, Wisconsin sent us her recipe for a wonderful fudge torte. "It's so rich and fudgy, but is loaded with saturated fat." The makeover fudge cake is moist, dense and oh-so-chocolaty...and has half the calories and saturated fat of the original.

Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

Berry Compote Topping

“This recipe is fantastic served over toasted slices of pound cake as well as warm-from-the-oven biscuits!” Try it over ice cream, too! Wanda Wedekind — West Frankfort, Illinois

Baked Ham Hoagies

Baked Ham Hoagies

Baked Ham Hoagies

For any holiday or gathering, I prefer quick-and-easy dishes since I work full-time. This main dish is fun since everyone can fix their own sandwich the way they like it. Adding cola to the ham while it bakes makes for moist, tasty slices. -Sundra Hauck, Bogalusa, Louisiana

Cherry Kiss Cookies

Cherry Kiss Cookies

Cherry Kiss Cookies

Topped with a chocolate kiss, these cherry-flavored cookies look super cute on a dessert tray. Share them with family and friends. —Joy Yurk, Grafton, WI

Old-World Sauerbraten

Old-World Sauerbraten

Old-World Sauerbraten

Meet the Cook: The secret to this sauerbraten is that it doesn't require marinating. I've been making it for 20 years now. It's an excellent family dinner, and you can also serve it to company along with potato pancakes, red cabbage and applesauce. My husband and I have three grown sons and a grandson. Cooking's my favorite hobby, but I'm an avid flea-market and antique shopper, too. -Phyllis Berenson, Cincinnati, Ohio

Walnut Tart

Walnut Tart

Walnut Tart

Meet the Cook: The first time my husband tried this, he said there ought to be a law against anything tasting so good! I've served it at picnics and family occasions...and even once at a bridal shower. It's fine either as a dessert or for breakfast. We are the parents of three grown children and grandparents of two. -Rovena Wallace, Trafford, Pennsylvania

Marinated Vegetable Bean Salad

Marinated Vegetable Bean Salad

Marinated Vegetable Bean Salad

Canned beans make this colorful salad hearty...and bottled Italian dressing is an easy and tasty topper.
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