Saturday, June 14, 2014

15 Great Recipes for Your Next Potluck

We recently moved to a new area, and I've never been to so many potluck dinners since we moved.  This is a rural area with so many friendly people.  When anyone gets together, they invite everyone they know and have a meal.  If you are ever invited to a Mennonite potluck dinner, cancel all of your plans and go!  You'll never eat so much delicious food in all of your life!  Once a year, our church holds service at the church camp with a potluck following the service.  It's no coincidence that this service has the highest membership numbers of the summer, if you know what I'm saying.

I never know what to take.  Do I take a side dish?  Dessert?  I usually end up with cookies.  While no one complains, I want to take something that is a little more impressive.

Here are some great recipe ideas for your next potluck dinner!



Finger Foods

Ranch Ham and Cheese Roll Ups - These are easy to customize.  Make with your favorite meat and cheese.

Mango Salsa - Take nachos and a different kind of salsa to your next potluck.


Side Dishes

Summer Broccoli Salad - This is a great side dish that complements many different main dishes.


Asparagus and Spring Onion Tart - This is an excellent side dish for a pot luck because it's a little different than the normal things people take.

Eggy Macaroni Salad - This is a classic recipe that is always welcome at a potluck dinner.

Crustless Sausage and Cheese Quiche - This is simple and looks amazing.


Desserts

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie - No time to make cookies?  Make this pie instead.  It's sure to be a big hit with the kids and adults.

Summer Peach Blueberry Trifle - This is just beautiful in a glass bowl.

Easy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Bites - These are easy to make and easier to transport than taking a bread.

Muddy Buddies - Quick and tastes great!

Double Lemon Mini Bundt Cakes - These are the perfect size for a potluck or picnic.

Reese's Stuffed Rice Krispies - A different take on the classic recipe.

Red, White, and Blue Jello Dessert - You can make this with any kind of Jello. 

Drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic)

Poor Man's Sangria - I love Sangria, but it's too expensive to take to a party.  This tastes great and is much cheaper.

Refreshing Iced Passion Tea - Yum!  This sounds amazing for kids and adults.