22 Best Potluck Dinner Ideas

Potluck dinner ideas and recipes

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If you are looking for the perfect dish to bring to your next potluck dinner, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find various delicious and easy-to-make recipes that will surely become your favorite when served on the table.

From hearty main dishes to vibrant side dishes and detectable desserts, you will have plenty of options. Whether you are looking for something classic or a little more unique, there is something here for every potluck dinner. So, let’s get started!

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole

Broccoli And Cauliflower Casserole recipe

Broccoli and cauliflower casserole is a nutritious and delicious side dish. It contains healthy ingredients such as broccoli, cauliflower, cheese, and breadcrumbs. There is also a combination of creamy and cheesy along with these vegetables.

Broccoli and casserole have multiple health benefits as they contain high amounts of vitamins and other minerals. This casserole is also a perfect source of vitamin C, which helps to strengthen the immune system.

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Beef and Broccoli

Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Beef and Broccoli Recipe

If you are looking for something simple yet healthy, beef and broccoli are some of the best options for your dinner. You can make this dish in half an hour. Some of the ingredients included in this dish are steak, olive oil, broccoli, soy sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. Stir fry all these ingredients, enjoy a healthy meal, and make your dinner table luxury.

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Crack Chicken

Crack Chicken

Crack Chicken is a slow cooker recipe with all the addicting ingredients. This crockpot potluck recipe contains bacon, cream cheese, cheese, and ranch dressing mix. When there’s cream cheese in a dish, it becomes irresistible, and olive garden chicken pasta or mushroom chicken is a treat to the taste buds.

When cream cheese is mixed with bacon, ranch, and cheese, it gives off the best dinner recipe. Crack chicken is an easy-to-make recipe with simple yet delicious ingredients that will soon become one of your favorite lazy summer dinner dishes.

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Chicken Chow Mein

Easy Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken chow mein is one of the most popular dishes in Chinese cuisine, which has gained popularity worldwide due to its amazing flavors. It is a one-pan dish with vegetables, chicken, noodles, and chow mein sauce. You can make its sauce at home with light sesame oil, cornstarch, oyster sauce, and chicken broth to make its taste authentic. The sweet and savory flavor will tickle your taste buds.

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Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Buffalo Chicken Sliders are perfect for potluck dinners as they are modern food and catch everyone’s attention in no time. The perfect amount of cheese, cream, and spices inside the buffalo chicken is perfect for people who like spicy food filled with cream and cheese.

These sliders are perfect to use as an appetizer or a side dish. Just blend the ingredients well, fill the crispy bun with the stuffing, and watch it disappear.

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Bang Bang Chicken

Bang Bang Chicken

Bang Bang Chicken is a beautiful Americanized version of a famous Chinese dish Sichuan. The bang bang sauce enhances the flavor and taste of this recipe; due to this sauce and its perfect spices, you will love this recipe more than Sichuan.

Bang bang chicken is full of bold flavors such as peanut, lime, and chili, with the roasted chicken and ginger taste in the recipe being phenomenal. The chicken of this recipe also has a mixture of veggies, such as thinly sliced cucumber, cabbage, carrots, and noodles, to boost the flavor.

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Sheet Pan Pizza

Sheet Pan Pizza

Sheet pan pizza is a thin-crust pizza, and its uniqueness is the big sheet pan. You can cook it easily and quickly without needing special equipment such as a pizza oven, pizza peel, or pizza stone. Sufficient to suffice a large crowd and made in big batches.

This pizza is a bit different than the standard circular variety and can become everyone’s favorite instantly. The size of one sheet pan pizza is equal to three medium-sized pizzas.

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Meatballs

Meatballs with Grape Jelly and Chili sauce

Meatballs with jelly and sauce recipe

Meatballs with grape jelly and chili sauce is a unique and flavorful dish that combines sweet and savory elements. The grape jelly adds a touch of sweetness to the meatballs, while the chili sauce provides a spicy kick. This dish is popular for parties and gatherings and is easy to prepare. The combination of flavors makes it a crowd-pleaser and a great addition to any menu.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pineapple

sweet and sour meatballs with pineapple

When you have already decided on the main course and want to put off a tantalizing side dish, this meatball recipe is just what you require. It goes well with many main courses and makes one of the best potluck side dishes.

I like the sweet and tropical flavor of pineapple in it, but you can also use grape jelly or any other subtle sweet fruit to give it the desired flavor. And it is quick and easy to prepare.

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Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail Meatballs are one of the easiest and most tasty appetizers with the help of frozen meatballs. If you do not have a frozen meatball, you’ll need to make it from scratch, which will take more time. Flavors of grape jelly and chili sauce taste perfect with the cocktail meatballs and are served on toothpicks at parties.

They are incredible in such a way that they are easy to make, take less time, and become everyone’s favorite instantly due to their delicious taste and mouthwatering smoky chili sauce.

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Dips & Appetizers

Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip combines cheese, Rotel tomatoes, and other ingredients. It is a creamy Rotel cheese dip recipe that tastes perfect if served with crackers, tortilla chips, and pretzels. Comprising only 3-ingredients, it is one of the easiest recipes for potluck dinner ideas.

Perfect for serving on game day, holiday, or any other occasion because there is no such easy and equally tasty appetizer. The loaded Rotel dip full of cheese, spices, and ground beef adds the perfect flavor to this dish. You can serve it as an appetizer or a side dish with some main course.

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7-Layer Dip

Vegan 7-Layer Dip

7-Layer Dip is one of the best dinner appetizers. You can use it as a potluck casserole, as it contains multiple layers of cheddar cheese, refried beans, avocado guacamole, and a customized topping.

Served with tortilla chips or veggies to enhance the taste of the dip and let alone it is a perfect dish due to its multiple layers of ingredients. Flavors of refried beans with the layering of guacamole, veggies, cheese, and seasoned sour cream make this recipe delicious.

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Hummus

Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus is incredibly creamy, light, and fluffy, made with smooth and swirled ingredients. This humus’s nutty, tangy, and lemon flavors are perfect to taste. Consisting of healthy and nutritious ingredients such as tahini, garlic, lemon, and chickpeas, this recipe is perfectly healthy and free of preservatives.

A quintessential Middle Eastern dip comprising citrus, tahini, chickpeas, and garlic combine to give a perfect flavor and something taste buds can remember for a long time.

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Moutabal

Moutabal

Moutabal is a perfect eggplant dish, also known as aubergine, in some areas. When the eggplant is marinated into a dip, it becomes Moutabal with other ingredients, including; pomegranate seeds, tahini, lemon, and garlic.

Mostly potluck dinners involve Moutabal and serve them with crackers or pita bread. Moutabal, also known as baba ghanoush, has perfect flavors of tahini, nuts, and aubergines.

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Sesame Chicken Dip

Sesame Chicken Dip

When there is a lot of bread at a potluck party, you ought to bring a nice meal to dip the bread in. Sesame Chicken dip is light and fresh and has an Asian flavor. It goes well with so many rice dishes, and cheesy breads too!

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Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade

Olive Tapenade is a tasty mixture of salty, fresh, and briny flavors usually served with crackers or baguettes to eat as a simple summer appetizer. It comprises a tasty olive tapenade with parsley, lemon, capers, and no anchovies.

And if you love something different try these Mexican potluck recipes, potluck side dishes, or Easter potluck dishes. Serve this olive blend with crostini or crackers, it is a fantastic appetizer, and guests enjoy it with drinks.

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Sides & Salads

Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers are the easiest and quickest appetizers to serve at a party before the main course. This dish contains different layers of ingredients, including tomatoes, olives, mozzarella balls, cubed salami, fresh basil, and marinated mozzarella balls onto a small wooden skewer. If you have a lot of salami, don’t forget to make this salami pasta salad. Serve them in a dish with some biscuits or salads as an appetizer.

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Rainbow Pasta Salad

Rainbow Pasta Salad

As the name suggests, Rainbow Pasta Salad comprises different colors and flavors, perfect for summer parties. The extent of ease and no-brainer salad comes together within 30 minutes.

You can customize the vegetables and add whatever you like to the pasta. It is a simple yet nutritious potluck salad that has become everyone’s favorite due to the presence of pasta in it. And if you want a purely vegan option, you should look at this Persian Shirazi salad.

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Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar recipe

Cowboy Caviar is a great idea for summer potluck parties; it is a fresh and flavorful dip made with fresh vegetables, black beans, and corn. It is an excellent source of antioxidants, fiber, and healthy fats that provide various health benefits.

Cowboy caviar is a hearty and filling option for a potluck party appetizer or a healthy snack, which is an excellent topping for tacos, nachos, grilled meats, and salads.

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa is a perfect blend of pineapples with cut tomatoes and herbs to make it look appealing. The pineapple salsa recipe contains a perfect combination of sweet and spicy, and you can serve it with grilled chicken or fish or with tortilla chips as an appetizer. The pineapple salsa recipe comprises loads of tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, and jalapenos.

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Drinks & Beverages

Champagne Punch

Champagne Punch

Champagne Punch is a beautiful-looking, refreshing recipe with delicious ingredients. This recipe’s vibrant and beautiful colors are perfect for holidays, gatherings, and potluck dinners. Champagne punch is a bubbly and entertaining drink that takes everyone’s attention due to its colorful appearance and perfect party favor.

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Desserts

German Apple Cake

German Apple Cake

Christmas Eve certainly calls for a warm, hearty dessert.

So this time, I tried baking this German apple cake, and my kitchen filled up with aroma and love! The sweet combination of apples and nuts makes it drool-worthy.

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Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodle cookies

I have tasted so many different flavors of snickerdoodles, but this remains the most authentic and flavorful recipe. It is so soft and lightly sugared that I always end up eating more and more. The cinnamon flavor makes it a big hit.

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Potluck dinner ideas and recipes

23 Easy Potluck Dinner Ideas

Adalynn Ward
If you are looking for the perfect dish to bring to your next potluck dinner, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find various delicious and easy-to-make recipes that will surely become everyone’s favorite when served on the table.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Servings 7 persons

Ingredients

  • Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Pineapple
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower Casserole
  • Cowboy Caviar
  • Rotel Dip
  • Crack Chicken
  • 7-Layer Dip
  • Meatballs with Grape Jelly and Chili sauce
  • Pineapple Salsa
  • Olive Tapenade
  • Homemade Hummus
  • Buffalo Chicken Sliders
  • Cocktail Meatballs
  • Bang Bang Chicken
  • Antipasto Skewers
  • Champagne Punch
  • Sheet Pan Pizza
  • Moutabal
  • Rainbow Pasta Salad
  • Cowboy Caviar
  • German Apple Cake
  • Sesame Chicken Dip
  • Snickerdoodles

How to Make?

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  • Make sure that all the ingredients must be fresh.
  • Follow the instructions to make your favorite dish.
  • I hope you have made the dish that you want to make. Don't forget to give us your feedback.

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 250kcal
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