26 All-American Potluck Recipes
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Tiny Chocolate-Cherry Bombs
Cherry stems form the "fuse" on these brownie-covered maraschino cherries.
The sweet tomatoes blend with tangy-mellow balsamic vinegar and basil. Serve with some crusty bread to soak up the liquid.
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.
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.
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).
Short Ribs with Molasses-Beer Barbecue Sauce
Molasses and mustard perk up bottled barbecue sauce for this beef main dish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Basil Tomato 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.
Double-Cherry Supreme Pie
Dried tart cherries add extra flavor for the easy-to-make filling in this classic 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!
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.
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.
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!
Raspberry Soda-Cracker Pie
Meringue, soda crackers, and pecans form a crust for a whipped cream-and-berry filling in this mouthwatering 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.
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.
Marinate cubed beef or chicken overnight in a mixture of barbecue sauce, vinegar, steak sauce and spices. Grill with onions, mushrooms, zucchini or peppers.
Linda Roberts of Rapid City, South Dakota, tops her buttery cream cheese, coconut-coated cookie with fruit jam.