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30 All-American Potluck Recipes

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

Mississippi Corn Bread Salad

Layers of corn bread, bacon and veggies ensure a flavor-packed salad that adds plenty of color to a potluck table.

Mississippi Corn Bread Salad

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

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

Baconista Brats

A wrapping of bacon gives special flair to this beer-soaked brat. A quick stop on the grill crisps the bacon and browns the brat.

Baconista Brats

Cherry Berry Berry Pie

Red raspberries and blueberries join ruby-red cherries in Cherry Berry Berry Pie, a favorite from Sweetielicious Bakery Cafe in DeWitt, Michigan. The trio yields a dark, rich filling crowned with a crunchy streusel topping.

Cherry Berry Berry Pie

Peppery Grilled Steak With Tomatoes

More affordable steak cuts like top sirloin or flat iron taste great with this tangy tomato topper, too. For a perfect meal, pair the steak with Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges.

Peppery Grilled Steak With Tomatoes

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges With Dipping Sauces

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

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

Double Berry Cobbler

Handy shortcuts make this recipe a breeze. Cooking the fruit in an oven-safe skillet cuts the bake time (and the number of dirty dishes). Refrigerated biscuits form the simple topper.

Double Berry Cobbler

Easy baked bean fix-ups

Pop the top on a can, and give summer's easiest barbecue side new personality with these simple baked bean mix-ins. Go saucy: Barbecue sauce. Go sweet: Pineapple tidbits. Go meaty: Diced ham. Go smoky: Smoked paprika.

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

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

Tropical Ambrosia Shortcake

Classic shortcake meets church-basement standard ambrosia salad in this surprising and crowd-pleasing dessert that's packed with tropical fruit flavor.

Tropical Ambrosia Shortcake

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

Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Our recipe actually makes two different kinds of tortilla spirals—one flavored with curry powder, the other with garlic and herbs.

Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Sloppy Joes

Skip the canned stuff and make this childhood favorite from scratch. Our simple recipe is just a starting point; try one of our variations or experiment with seasonings.

Sloppy Joes

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

House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese

Top burgers with a spoonful of homemade pimiento cheese, or stuff the burgers with cheese before grilling. The recipe also gives an alternative for grinding your own burgers from hanger steaks.

House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese

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

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

Cherry-Apple Slaw

Nuts and fruit add crunch and color to cabbage tossed in a homemade vinaigrette. This beautiful twist on traditional coleslaw is best served right away for maximum crispness, but it will hold for up to 24 hours.

Cherry-Apple Slaw

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

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

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

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

Tropical Tomato Salsa

Try this sweet, colorful salsa with chips, fish or chicken, and feel free to switch the mango or melon for other summer fruits.

Tropical Tomato Salsa

Strawberry-Coconut Thumbprints

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

Strawberry-Coconut Thumbprints

Mississippi Corn Bread Salad

Layers of corn bread, bacon and veggies ensure a flavor-packed salad that adds plenty of color to a potluck table.

Mississippi Corn Bread Salad

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