20 Easy Potluck Ideas to Please a Crowd

Bacon Wrapped Sausages

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Potlucks can happen at any time of year, so it's good to be prepared! We've got you covered for even last-minute potluck party invitations with this collection of crowd-pleasing potluck recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. From appetizers to desserts, here are 20 scrumptious recipes that will have you being crowned as the potluck king or queen. 

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    Spicy Cheese Dip (Chili Con Queso)
    Diana Rattray  

    Here's a fast and simple chili con queso cheese dip that will make a great contribution to your next potluck party. This popular, spicy, Mexican-inspired cheese dip is a flavorful, seasoned combination of two kinds of cheese, and salsa or picante sauce. Best part is, you can vary the spice level to suit the tastes of party guests.

    Serve with tortilla chips or crackers and enjoy. Olé!


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    BLT Dip
    Molly Watson  

    Bacon lovers will flock to your side when you show up at your next potluck with this insanely delicious appetizer recipe that makes a great party dip.

    Rich, savory, and intensely flavorful, this bacon, lettuce, and tomato dip comes with its own fresh and crispy lettuce scoops — but it's also great served with crunchy crackers or toast points.

  • 03 of 20
    Buffalo Chicken Dip
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    If you love Buffalo wings, this easy, irresistible Buffalo chicken dip recipe will knock your socks off. Besides it being super flavorful, it's also super easy to throw together!

    All the flavors from one of America's favorite appetizer recipes come together in a warm party dip that takes any potluck event up a notch. Whether you make it for game day gatherings or office potlucks, your friends are sure to ask you to make this recipe again and again.


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    Quick and Easy Potato Skins
    Diana Rattray  

    Admit it, when you go to a potluck, you always hope somebody made potato skins. This super simple microwave recipe for potato skins is lighter than most, but you can always add extra cheese or crumbled bacon if you like, for a more indulgent appetizer. Either way you serve it, it's sure to be a hit!

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  • 05 of 20
    Easy Dijon Deviled Eggs
    Diana Rattray  

    Deviled eggs are always a hit at potlucks and appetizer parties. Just cook the eggs, mix the yolks with the simple ingredients, then stuff the yolk mixture back into the egg halves for instant appetizer happiness.

    These make a great snack for the kids, too.

  • 06 of 20
    Bacon Wrapped Sausages
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    Here's a quick and easy party appetizer recipe that's made for meat lovers. Bacon-wrapped sausages are easy to make and perfect for serving at potluck parties. The mouth watering combination of bacon with smoked sausages and brown sugar is sure to win you applause. With just four ingredients, it's a great recipe to have on-hand when you get a last-minute potluck party invitation.


  • 07 of 20
    Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
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    Looking for vegetarian potluck recipe ideas? Here's a scrumptious appetizer recipe that fits the bill and can be easily scaled up for big parties.

    Blue cheese stuffed mushrooms make a satisfying snack and are always a hit at potlucks and game day events. Plus, with no bread crumbs or filler in the recipe, these savory, cheesy mushroom bites make an excellent low-carb option.

  • 08 of 20
    Easy Pizza Crostini Appetizer
    Diana Rattray  

    Crostinis are always welcome at appetizer parties. That's why we're crazy about this genius recipe for pizza crostinis. These adorable apps, which taste like pizzas but look a bit fancier, are sure to fly off the serving tray at your next potluck. They're also super easy to prepare, with the ingredients being as simple as a loaf of French bread and pizza toppings.

    Don't forget to check out the mouthwatering variations that are included in this recipe.

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  • 09 of 20
    Easy Broccoli Slaw With Raisins
    Diana Rattray  

    This light and crunchy broccoli slaw is full of flavor, thanks to a few inspired ingredients. Easy to make in about 20 minutes, with a homemade creamy dressing that's so delicious and easy to whip up, it makes a wonderful potluck party salad any time of the year.

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    Quick Tuna Macaroni Salad
    Diana Rattray  

    We love this wonderful tuna macaroni salad recipe that includes plenty of vegetables for crunch and a simple mayonnaise dressing for all the classic, nostalgic flavor you expect in a tuna salad.

    Packed with healthy protein and vitamins, this simple and quick salad recipe is great for serving a big crowd at potlucks, cookouts, and holiday gatherings.

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    Potato Salad With Peas
    Diana Rattray  

    What would summer potlucks and cookouts be without the ever-popular potato salad? Enjoy the kudos you're sure to earn when you bring this well-seasoned potato salad to your next potluck party.

    Bright green peas add flavor and color to this creamy potato salad dish that goes great with burgers, roast chicken, and grilled vegetables. Easy to make and serve in about 20 minutes.

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    Mac and Cheese Muffins
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    Delight kids and adults alike with these cute and fun little mac and cheese muffins. Just portion out your macaroni and cheese into muffin cups with paper liners and bake them for some awesome and delicious potluck results. Best part is, these are made in about 30 minutes. 

    Makes a great birthday party recipe for kids, too.

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  • 13 of 20
    Shrimp Party Sandwiches

    Party sandwiches are a must at potluck parties. These scrumptious little shrimp sandwiches are sure to be a hit at your next event. Just gather and assemble the ingredients for a quick and easy potluck recipe that's perfect for bridal showers, too. Recipe makes 48 party sandwiches.

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    Party Sangria
    The Spruce  

    Sangria is always a popular choice of beverage for potluck parties. Not only is this wine-based cocktail delicious to drink, it's also incredibly easy to make in large quantities. 

    This sweet Sangria variation with citrus, red berries, and pineapple is perfect for potluck events year-round, from big summer parties to fall gatherings, and holiday festivities.


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    Southern Iced Tea
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    Iced tea is a year-round tradition in the South, so why should you only serve it in the summer? Refreshing iced tea makes a great potluck party drink, because its mild flavor goes so well with just about every type of food. Try this easy recipe for your next potluck gathering.


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    Gluten-Free Cheesy Mushroom Baked Ziti
    Rita Maas  

    Want to bring a gluten-free dish to your next potluck? Here's a fabulous baked pasta recipe that's filling, flavorful, and super comforting, while also being suitable for gluten-free diets. Soft pasta, gooey melted cheese, and savory mushrooms make this crowd-pleasing pasta dish so delicious and hearty, you'll be proud to bring it to any potluck parties. Plus, it's easy to assemble and bakes in less than 30 minutes.

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    Creamy Chicken and Spinach Casserole
    Diana Rattray  

    Creamy chicken and spinach casserole makes a fabulous potluck dish. Busy home cooks will appreciate this quick and simple recipe. Delectable, warming, and homey, this recipe is also easy to scale up for serving a big crowd.

    Make it up to 24 hours ahead, for an even easier preparation. Recipe includes helpful tips for serving suggestions, shortcuts, and substitutions.


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    Ham Casserole With Noodles
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    Making dinner for a crowd just got easier! You'll love this popular, one-pot recipe for ham casserole that's perfect for bringing to big events. With soft cooked noodles, melted cheddar cheese, tender broccoli, tasty seasonings, and a fancy slivered almond topping, this potluck casserole dish is sure to be a group favorite at your next gathering.


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    30-Minute Chili
    Diana Rattray  

    This crowd-pleasing ground beef chili is hearty, delicious, and takes only 30 minutes to make from start to finish! It's also easy on the budget and easy to double for a big guest list, making it a perfect dish for taking to potluck parties and game day gatherings.

    Serve with tortilla chips, or extra topping on the side (ideas are included in the recipe).


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    Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake
    Diana Rattray  

    Who wants chocolate cake? Be the hit of your next potluck party when you serve this moist, rich, delicious cake that makes a great finish to any meal. Best of all, you can assembled the ingredients in just a few minutes and bake it in half an hour, so it's a great last-minute party dessert. Use store-bought frosting to speed things up even more if you're short on time.