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15 Last Minute Potluck Ideas For A Surprise Party

Last Minute Potluck recipes

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Are you in a hurry due to a sudden invitation to the putlock party and getting worried about what to make when every minute counts? These last minute putlock ideas got you covered!

Making any last-minute potluck dish with minimal effort is super easy when you have ingredients readily available and a recipe to cook them.

The last minute potluck dishes only need basic ingredients to add a delightful and luscious meal to your table. Whatever the party is, try these easy and quick-to-make potluck dishes and surprise your guests.

1. Deviled Eggs

Low Fat Deviled Eggs
Low Fat Deviled Eggs

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 30 minutes
  • Kid’s favorite
  • Super delightful and delicious
  • Topped with bacon or paprika

The deviled egg is a perfect healthy recipe you can make when the clock is ticking. It has ingredients like mayonnaise, eggs, mustard, and vinegar that taste incredible with every bite. The super piquant recipe you can make for your kids for breakfast to make them excited and happy. Bacon or paprika topping is super delightful and looks impressive. Deviled eggs are not specific for any occasion; you can make them for potluck breakfast to pack a healthy lunchbox for your kids.

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2. Lo Mein

Lo Mein noodles

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 15 minutes
  • Quick and easy
  • Coated with savory and sweet sauce
  • Loaded with veggie flavors

Lo Mein is an egg noodle famous for its sweet and savory sauce coating loaded with veggie flavors. It is a healthy and super spicy recipe that satisfies spice cravings—a perfect luscious treat of spicy and tender noodles that taste yummy with every bite. You can add your favorite vegetables or leftovers if there are some in your refrigerator.

The spicy gravy of these noodles is super delicious and fills your mouth with all the spicy flavors you want. You can add meat if you want to make it a healthier dish. Quick noodles help you make them in the last moments when you expect guests.

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3. Pasta Salad

Southwestern Pasta Salad

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 20 minutes
  • Fresh and easy to cook
  • Packed with crispy vegetables
  • Cheesy and scrummy

Pasta Salad is a simple and quick salad among the last minute potluck salad to satisfy your cravings. This salad is as refreshing and diverse as much as you want to make it. It is loaded with various piquant flavors that make everyone go crazy for it.

Most people want vegetarian salad early morning or for serving to guests; the pasta salad makes it easy for you to throw a party at home and serve delightful and dreamy last-minute potluck dishes. It has all the Mediterranean flavors that are so healthy for your body. You can make it one day before and serve it cold in the summer.

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4. Fried Rice

Fried Rice

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 20 minutes
  • Customizable with your favorite veggies
  • Irresistibly delicious
  • Loaded with extra flavors

Fried Rice is so flexible that you can make it as you like. It is super quick to make at home and requires simple ingredients like rice and veggies according to your taste. This simple-to-make food is famous among kids; they love to eat them because of its unique and healthy flavors. It is a family-friend potluck recipe that everyone loves at get-togethers. Use leftover vegetables to make something quick and super delicious as a last-minute potluck dish. Fried rice serves best with slow cooker broccoli beef or Tso’s chicken.

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5. Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 30 minutes
  • Tossed with creamy dressing
  • Healthy and creamy
  • A fast dish for potluck parties

Broccoli Salad is a simple but classic recipe that serves fast at every function. It has a savory and sweet combination of fresh toasting of dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and cheddar cheese that adds many delightful flavors to the recipe. The cheddar cheese makes it a great transition food of all time. If you want something light, skip cheddar cheese and enjoy a light salad with refreshing veggie flavors. This broccoli salad is everyone’s request at family gatherings, so you can make it in a few minutes and make your guests super happy.

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6. Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 30 minutes
  • Filled with rich cheese cream
  • Topped with crispy panko
  • Perfect game day snack

Jalapeno Poppers are one of the few last minute potluck dishes that become the obsession of everyone at gatherings. Cut the jalapenos in half, then fill rich cheese cream and bake them. Adding your favorite topping will make this food more scrummy for your taste buds as you want; crispy panko topping also tastes best.

Every bite of jalapeno poppers is so creamy, crispy, and perfectly cheesy that it can satisfy your cravings and make you feel like heaven with every bite. You will admit it as the best appetizer food you have ever tasted. Its crispy topping is worth tasting; you can serve this fast potluck dish at game day or family gatherings.

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7. Coleslaw

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What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 25 minutes
  • The most delicious creamy dressing
  • Loaded with lively flavors
  • Best to top on sandwiches

Coleslaw is a colorful cabbage shredded with a creamy dressing that can win you compliments at a potluck dinner. Its crispy and refreshing flavors make everyone love it. You don’t need to add a list of ingredients to make this recipe; you only need cabbage, cream, and black pepper. It is one of those recipes with heavenly and lively flavors that please your taste buds with healthy flavors, and you cannot stop eating it. Coleslaw is the best delightful and refreshing last-minute potluck idea you can make and serve with hot sandwiches or grilled meat.

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8. Blueberry Muffins

Vegan Blueberry Muffins

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 40 minutes
  • Extra-large and yummy
  • Topped with sugary-cinnamon crumb
  • Loaded with blueberry flavors

Blueberry Muffins are extra-large and yummy muffins that you can now try at home. They have buttery, moist, and soft, giving heavenly and delicious flavors. The cinnamon sugar crumb topping adds more flavor and makes these muffins more piquant and luscious. Touching the hint of vanilla and almond extracts makes these muffins handier and more unique than other muffins. Each bite will make you feel such pleasure. You can top them with your favorite toppings, but whipped cream or berries on top looks fantastic and attractive.

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9. Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 40 minutes
  • Healthy and refreshing
  • Quick and easy     
  • Loaded with fruits

Fruit salad is a quick dessert that perfectly serves in warm weather. It is a Pakistani-Indian version of a salad that is super delightful and refreshing with a lot of fruits. Whatever you want to add to make this dessert more and more flavorful is up to you. A bowl of fruits with a hint of lemon juice is a perfect healthy dessert you can enjoy in your breakfast. There are a lot of nutrients in this dessert that are beneficial for your body—a perfect side dish for last-minute potluck ideas that adds bright colors to your table.

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10. Spinach Dip

What’s Special?

  • Total time Taken: 30 minutes
  • Creamy and cheesy
  • Best to serve it with bread
  • Crowd-pleasing party

Spinach Dip is a famous potluck appetizer dish with comforting and creamy flavors. The perfect combination of cheese, spinach, and seasonings makes your desired delicious dip. It is easy and quick to make within a few minutes, so there is no need to worry about quickly making dishes just before the guests come.

If you like spinach, try this dip; you will be a fan of its spinach flavors. Spinach Dip is a delightful crowd-pleasing recipe worth trying at every event and party. There are so many ways you can serve it; each will be captivating to your guests.

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11. Banana Muffins

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 35 minutes
  • Soft and buttery
  • Spiced with cinnamon
  • Loaded with chocolate chips

Banana Muffins are the ultimate treat with a soft and moist texture. It is a perfect way to use overripe bananas to make something unique and delightful. These muffins make you forget the world with heavenly flavors. Chocolate chips are the treat for every chocolate lover. Take the first bite of these muffins, and you will wonder why you have not tried this piquant potluck idea until now. The best thing is that there is no need to add artificial sugar; the natural sweetness of bananas tastes terrific, making these muffins perfectly hit to your taste.

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12. Bean Salad

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken:  14 minutes
  • Sweet and sour dressing
  • Quick and healthy lunch
  • Perfect for making for picnic parties

Bean Salad is the perfect side dish or salad that helps you to make your table more fascinating with delightful colors. The bean salad is so refreshing and spicy that it instantly disappears from the table within a few seconds. This salad is tender but not soggy, so add your favorite veggies to make this salad much more refreshing. By tossing the green beans into lemonade sauce, you will get heavenly flavors with each bite of any vegetable. You will not stop eating it, so if you miss this salad at the next get-together, it will be your biggest loss.

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13. Chicken Taquitos

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 32 minutes
  • Cheesy and creamy
  • Filled with shredded chicken
  • Golden and crispy outside

Homemade Chicken Taquitos are worth trying on every occasion. These chicken tortillas have shredded chicken, flour tortillas, and cheese filling that tastes amazing and mouth-watering. Each bite of chicken tortillas is more delicious than the previous one. They are super flavorful and easy to make.

This freezer-friendly dish is so comforting that you can make it one day before the event, and when the day comes, reheat them and serve it with spicy salsa. They are best to serve at night meal parties when everyone is waiting for your surprise dish; you can amaze them with this delicious recipe.

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14. Chocolate Muffins

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 35 minutes
  • Incredibly rich and moist
  • Loaded with chocolate chips
  • Best to serve at anniversaries and birthdays

Chocolate Muffins have a genuinely delicious and luscious taste of chocolate. Hot milk, coffee, cocoa, and sour cream make these muffins heavenly and hit at every birthday party. Consider these soft and moist chocolaty muffins as the ultimate treat for your taste bud. There are no other muffins that are this chocolaty and dreamy than these. The nutty flavor of chocolate chips you taste in every bite makes these muffins worth trying. Make these muffins at the coming birthday or anniversary party; everyone will go crazy for them.

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15. Turkey Pinwheels

What’s Special?

  • Total Time Taken: 30 minutes
  • Wrapped in a tortilla
  • Bite-sized snack
  • Super creamy and a kid’s favorite

Turkey pinwheels are a healthy snack to make for breakfast for kids. This potluck appetizer recipe contains proteins and vitamins that make this food low in fat. It is super creamy and refreshing; you cannot avoid it even if you are on a diet. Using your leftover veggies like tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, and avocado is perfect for making any scrummy dish.

The recipe is so customizable that you can add your favorite vegetables to make this food healthier and more flavorsome. Kids love these turkey pinwheels because they are exactly according to their taste. If your child is picky about food, don’t worry now; it will become his favorite food.

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Try these potluck recipes for a particular occasion:

Last Minute Potluck recipes

Last Minute Potluck Ideas

Adalynn Ward
Are you in a hurry due to a sudden invitation to the putlock party and getting worried about what to make when every minute counts? These last minute putlock ideas got you covered!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Main Course, Salad
Servings 7 people


  • Deviled Eggs
  • Lo Mein
  • Pasta Salad
  • Fried Rice
  • Broccoli Salad
  • Jalapeno Poppers
  • Coleslaw
  • Blueberry Muffins
  • Fruit Salad
  • Spinach Dip
  • Banana Muffins
  • Bean Salad
  • Chicken Taquitos
  • Chocolate Muffins
  • Turkey Pinwheels

How to Make?

  • Select any one recipe from these scrummy recipes and get ready to try something refreshing.
  • Note down all the ingredients that you need.
  • Make sure that all the ingredients that you pick must be fresh.
  • Follow the instructions to make your favorite recipe.
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Serving: 1mealCalories: 340kcal
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Adalynn Ward
Hello!! My name is Adalynn I love to eat, travel, and eat some more! I am married to the man of my dreams and have a beautiful little girl whose smiles can brighten anyone’s day!