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Our Best Potluck Recipes

Casseroles, dips, pasta salads, bar cookies and cupcakes are among our 40 top crowd-pleasing potluck recipes.

Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole

Combine Italian meatballs, three kinds of cheese, pasta and sauce for this easy, crowd-pleasing casserole.

Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole

Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables

A backyard garden's worth of colorful summer veggies fill this beautiful potluck salad. The toasted bread chunks absorb the dressing and juices from the tomatoes; you won't believe how delicious they taste! 

Panzanella (Bread Salad) with Summer Vegetables 

Fresh Taco Salad

Cilantro Ranch Dressing tops a flavorful blend of jicama, multigrain tortilla chips, avocado, black beans, queso fresco and greens. 

Fresh Taco Salad

Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese and blueberry pie filling turn yellow cake mix into a whimsical twist on a favorite dessert. The idea comes from Designer Desserts Bakery in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

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

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Prep juicy, tender pulled pork in your slow cooker. Low-calorie barbecue sauce and whole wheat buns help make this a healthier potluck option.

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Oriental Coleslaw

Uncooked ramen noodles, almonds and sunflower kernels add crunch to this salad from a Dubuque, Iowa, reader. It was one of the winners in a Midwest Living® potluck recipe contest. 

Oriental Coleslaw

Baked Ratatouille Sausage Penne

What's the secret to keeping this pasta casserole as healthy as it is cozy? Lean turkey sausage, whole wheat pasta and just a sprinkling of cheese.

Baked Ratatouille Sausage Penne

Sassy Baked Beans

Mix and match different kinds of beans and meat to suit your preferences. Our smoky-sweet baked beans will beat canned beans every time!

Sassy Baked Beans

Toffee Bars

These moist, easy brownies get a little extra crunch from a topping of toffee pieces.

Toffee Bars

Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole

Layer a tomato-bean mixture, cheese and tortillas for a casserole with south-of-the-border flavor. Let each guest top their portion with chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, green onions, olives and/or sour cream.

Tortilla-Black Bean Casserole

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This classic potluck dessert includes a crushed pretzel crust, a layer of sweetened cream cheese, and a top layer of strawberry gelatin and strawberries. 

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole

Combine Italian meatballs, three kinds of cheese, pasta and sauce for this easy, crowd-pleasing casserole.

Cheesy Italian Meatball Casserole

Grandma's Potato Salad

This sweet, radish-studded potato salad recipe was handed down from a Cosmos, Minnesota, grandmother to her twin granddaughters.

Grandma's Potato Salad

Salty Caramel and Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies come with a friendly warning: Chewy caramel, toasted pecans and a flurry of sea salt will make you popular. Very popular. A product called caramel bits gives these cookies great flavor and chewy texture. Some supermarkets carry them, and they’re widely available online. (Search for Kraft Caramel Bits.) Take care to follow recipe directions when baking: caramel bits melt quickly.

Salty Caramel and Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

Hash Brown Casserole

Here's a somewhat lightened version of a popular potato casserole recipe that's great for brunch, dinner or a potluck.

Hash Brown Casserole

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Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

Red and yellow cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, and plenty of herbs and spices add color and flavor to this bountiful pasta salad. Sprinkle fresh basil on top.

Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

Lemonade Cake

Lemon Butter Frosting tops a summer-perfect cake flavored with thawed lemonade concentrate.

Lemonade Cake

Sunny Broccoli Salad

A Cleveland reader makes this potluck salad the day ahead and refrigerates the dressing and vegetables separately. When it's time to serve it, she tosses everything together. Bacon, sunflower kernels and raisins make a crunchy and flavorful side dish.

Sunny Broccoli Salad

BBQ White Beans with Peppers

Make a new bean salad for your next potluck with this fresh, easy combo of a sweet-tangy sauce with white beans, ham and green peppers.

BBQ White Beans with Peppers

Garlic Shrimp Dip

Just add mayonnaise and cooked shrimp to purchased dip for this easy party treat.

Garlic Shrimp Dip

German Potato Salad

Serve this old-fashioned potluck dish warm.

German Potato Salad

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter and chocolate meet for a sweet treat in this recipe from a Cedarburg, Wisconsin, reader who likes to make these bar cookies for potluck gatherings.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars

Mediterranean Eight-Layer Dip

We've seen a lot of dips through the years, but we've never forgotten this one -- juicy veggies, tangy olive tapenade and feta piled on a thick layer of hummus. We like to make it ahead and serve it with warm toasted pita wedges. Originally published: December 2005.

Mediterranean Eight-Layer Dip

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

Mexican Mac and Cheese

Pair Mexican flavors with pasta for this comfort-food casserole that includes sausage, salsa and Monterey Jack cheese.

Mexican Mac and Cheese

Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

For this party-special cupcake, combine white cake mix, orange-flavor gelatin, orange juice, and cheesecake-flavor instant pudding and pie filling mix. Cream cheese frosting gets a flavor punch from orange gelatin and shredded orange peel.

Orange Cream Pop Cupcakes

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

Combine two potluck staples to create this yummy potluck salad. Expect classic deviled egg flavor with a little zing from the Dijon-style mustard and salty pickled onions.

Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

Cherry Crumble Pie Bars

Zesty lemon peel adds zing to this fruit bar cookie; almond extract and brown sugar give it extra sweetness.

Cherry Crumble Pie Bars

Chicken Taco Casserole

Sweet pepper and spinach bring lots of vitamins A and C to this Tex-Mex layered meal-in-a-dish.

Chicken Taco Casserole

Italian Pasta Salad

A simple red wine vinegar dressing makes this pasta salad side dish lower in fat and calories than most deli pasta salads.

Italian Pasta Salad

Out-and-About Cheesecake

Combine sweetened Brie and cream cheese with fresh blueberries for this no-bake dessert designed for single-serving cups.

Out-and-About Cheesecake

Caramel Heavenlies

Graham crackers form the base for this bar cookie with layers of marshmallows, brown sugar, almonds and coconut. "I've made these cookies since 1984," says Georgine Simmonds of Genesee, Michigan. "They're one of my family's favorites."

Caramel Heavenlies

Corn-Blueberry Salad

This inventive salad features fresh sweet corn, blueberries, cucumber and jalapeño. Double or triple the recipe if you’re serving a crowd.

Corn-Blueberry Salad

Cheesy Brat Stew Casserole

This six-ingredient hotdish recipe from an Appleton, Wisconsin, reader features bratwurst, cheddar cheese and potatoes. "It's a quick, easy recipe," our reader says. "There's not much you can mess up."

Cheesy Brat Casserole

Edamame-Avocado Dip

Combine edamame and avocado with basil pesto, lemon juice and chopped tomato for this easy potluck dip. 

Edamame-Avocado Dip

Peanut Butter-Fudge Pie

This make-ahead dessert is an ice cream, peanut butter, fudge delight created by a Waukesha, Wisconsin, reader, who likes to take it to potlucks. You can double the recipe to fill a 13x9 pan and cut into squares to feed a crowd.

Peanut Butter-Fudge Pie

Marbled Cream-Cheese Brownies

Swirl a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla into rich brownie batter for this classic twist on a chocolate treat.

Marbled Cream-Cheese Brownies

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Walnut Pesto

This lower-calorie pasta salad features roasted vegetables, whole wheat penne pasta and homemade pesto. To turn it into a main dish, stir in a can of rinsed and drained white beans or add chunks of grilled chicken.

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad with Walnut Pesto

Any-Fruit Sorbet

Our five-ingredient sorbet is an instant antidote to summer's scorch—and so pretty, too! The recipe works with most melons, berries or citrus fruits, and you can make it in an ice cream maker or refrigerator freezer. Plus, it's fat free!

Any-Fruit Sorbet 

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