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26 All-American Potluck Recipes

Let our recipes for main dishes, sides, salads and desserts fire up your spirit for a patriotic gathering.

Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken and Sassy Baked Beans

Herbed lemon marinade cooks down with honey to a glossy, gorgeous glaze in our Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken recipe.

Three beans mix in Sassy Baked Beans, a chunky version of the potluck standby. A touch of heat from spicy barbecue sauce and salsa adds to the bold taste of this slow-cooked side dish.

Lemon-Herb Grilled Chicken

Sassy Baked Beans

Three Ways to Butter Up Sweet Corn

Serve our seasoned butters as a topping for sweet corn, steaks, seafood or burgers. They make a great sauce for vegetables, too.

Three Ways to Butter Up Sweet Corn

Firecracker-Red Cupcakes with Coconut Filling

A red, white and blue dessert stars at any patriotic potluck. Red velvet cake mix makes our moist and gooey Firecracker-Red Cupcakes extra easy to prepare.

Firecracker-Red Cupcakes with Coconut Filling

Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Seeds

We gave this popular veggie a new twist with a hint of ginger, some kick from black pepper and a finish of nutty sesame oil and seeds.

Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Seeds

Tiny Chocolate-Cherry Bombs

Cherry stems form the "fuse" on these brownie-covered maraschino cherries.

Tiny Chocolate-Cherry Bombs

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

The sweet tomatoes blend with tangy-mellow balsamic vinegar and basil. Serve with some crusty bread to soak up the liquid.

Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Red, White and Blue Parfaits

Pour a syrup of honey, sugar and crystallized ginger over watermelon, blueberries and strawberries, then top with a swirl of sweetened whipped cream and a fruit star for a pretty -- and patriotic -- finish.

Red, White and Blue Parfaits

Our Best-Ever Grilled Burgers

Here's a way to pack traditional burgers with extra flavor. Mix basic burgers with egg, water, beef bouillon granules, chopped onion, cheese, basil, Worcestershire sauce and spices. An optional mustard sauce adds even more kick.

Our Best-Ever Grilled Burgers

Pretzel Sparklers

The sweet coating complements salty, crunchy pretzel rods. Stand your edible sparklers in a container filled with coarse brown sugar or candy-coated milk chocolate candies (M&Ms).

Pretzel Sparklers

Short Ribs with Molasses-Beer Barbecue Sauce

Molasses and mustard perk up bottled barbecue sauce for this beef main dish.

Short Ribs with Molasses-Beer Barbecue Sauce

Berry Easy Cobbler

This warm, crunch-topped cobbler calls for 3 cups of blueberries, but if you'd like a version with extra color and flavor, reduce the blueberries to 2 cups and add 2 cups fresh or frozen tart cherries.

Berry Easy Cobbler

Tomato and Red Onion Salad

A simple sweet-sour dressing coats fresh tomatoes and red onions. For the best color and flavor, vary the variety of tomatoes. Tiny ones can be left whole; larger ones can be sliced or cut in wedges.

Tomato and Red Onion Salad

Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes

Michigan's fruit belt inspired our red, white and blue Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes. We played up the sweet cherries grown in the Great Lakes State, along with blueberries and raspberries. A shortcake biscuit base and sweetened whipped cream complete the dessert.

Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes

Beefy Chili Dogs

The all-American chili dog is a natural for summer potlucks. Stewing the hot dogs in a seasoned meat mixture makes them extra juicy. Top with cheese.

Beefy Chili Dogs

Italian Basil, Tomato and Pasta Salad

Designed for a potluck or large family gathering, this make-ahead salad features a mustard-garlic vinaigrette along with cut green beans, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, your choice of pasta and lots of basil.

Italian Basil, Tomato and Pasta Salad

Double-Cherry Supreme Pie

Dried tart cherries add extra flavor for the easy-to-make filling in this classic pie.

Double-Cherry Supreme Pie

Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

This comfort food hotdish offers a new twist on the usual hash brown casserole. Try it for everyday meals as well as potlucks!

Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

Hopkins, Minnesota, calls itself America's Raspberry Capital and hosts an annual Raspberry Festival -- including a cooking contest. One entry was this recipe for Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, which combines layers of cheesecake and raspberry filling in an almond crust.

Raspberry Cheesecake Bars recipe

Broccoli Grape Salad

Juicy grapes and crunchy broccoli blend sweet flavors with savory, salty bacon. The side-dish salad recipe comes from the Triangle Ranch B&B in South Dakota.

Broccoli Grape Salad

Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Each pinwheel displays a rainbow of colors and flavors. The potluck snacks are easy to make, too, which makes them as popular with the cook as they are with guests!

Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Raspberry Soda-Cracker Pie

Meringue, soda crackers, and pecans form a crust for a whipped cream-and-berry filling in this mouthwatering pie.

Raspberry Soda-Cracker Pie

Beefy Pasta Salad

Lean beef, fiber-rich multigrain pasta, and summer-fresh corn, tomatoes, and basil make this a healthier option for pasta salad.

Beefy Pasta Salad

S'More Cookies, Please

Cinnamon, brown sugar, oats and finely crushed grahams shape this moist cookie made even more irresistible with a thumbprint filling of marshmallow crème and an upside-down milk chocolate candy.

S'More Cookies, Please

Colorful Kabobs

Marinate cubed beef or chicken overnight in a mixture of barbecue sauce, vinegar, steak sauce and spices. Grill with onions, mushrooms, zucchini or peppers.

Colorful Kabobs

Strawberry-Coconut Thumbprints

Linda Roberts of Rapid City, South Dakota, tops her buttery cream cheese, coconut-coated cookie with fruit jam. 

Strawberry-Coconut Thumbprints

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