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Potluck Party Food Ideas

Now that Thanksgiving is over, you can start focusing on the next big holiday in the calendar: Christmas! For some people, Christmas is the biggest holiday in the year, and it is the time when family and friends come together to enjoy each other’s company. For others, this season is a period of frenetic activity, with one party happening after the other. It is not uncommon for these parties to “require” participants to bring their own food so as to minimize the costs for everyone involved. Whether the gathering is with friends, family, or co-workers, a potluck party is a common theme. The chances are that you are going to at least one potluck party.

Potluck Food Ideas

Potluck Party Food

There is the idea that when it’s a potluck party, everything goes. While that is partly true, you can always make sure that what your bring as potluck party food will wow everyone. Here are some tried and tested potluck party food that will guarantee your success without breaking your back – and wallet.

Potluck Party Food – Appetizers: Delicious Dips

Potluck Party Food

Asiago Sundried Tomato Dip

When it comes to potluck party food, there always will be chips and other finger food that go well with dips. And when it comes to dips, you have so many choices. You can always go with store-bought dips, or the usual dips that people make, but why do that when you can do something that will stop the show without exerting too much effort?

This Asiago Sundried Tomato Dip is very easy to make – you only need your microwave, would you believe that? The flavors of the cheese and the sundried tomato will rock everyone’s world, though! And if that weren’t enough, you can simply slice up a baguette or two or chop up vegetables to go with the dip.

Other show-stopping dips:

Potluck Party Food – Main Dishes

Teriyaki Pork Roast – Crock Pot

Crock Pot Teriyaki Pork Roast

Teriyaki Pork Roast

Roast is always a good idea to bring to a potluck party. People love a good roast, whether it is beef or pork, or even chicken. If you want to make a statement, however, I suggest bringing something more than your usual potluck party food. More than the common pork or beef roast, why not try this Teriyaki Pork Roast?

This recipe has two major checkmarks in my book. One, it is a crock pot recipe, which means you do not have to do a lot of work to make it. Two, it is teriyaki. The flavors of a teriyaki dish will certainly offer something different at a potluck party.

If you don’t really like the idea of teriyaki, but you want to bring a roast of some sort, here are other recipes you can try out. Some of them may take more effort, though.


Potluck Party Food

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

One of the best things to prepare for a potluck party is a casserole. It is relatively easy to make, and there are so many different kinds of casseroles that you can choose from. Even better, if you have a big enough casserole dish or pan, you can feed an army with a single casserole!

I don’t know about you, but I can always use a nice serving of Mexican food, and when it comes to Mexican food, enchiladas reign for me. If you feel the same way, why not make this Chicken Enchilada Casserole?

Everyone loves a good stroganoff, and this Hamburger Stroganoff Casserole is sure to be a hit at any potluck party you go to. It takes longer to make than the previous recipe, but it sure is worth it!

Other interesting casseroles that you can bring as potluck party food:


Potluck Party Food

Ground Lamb Skewers

When you talk about potluck party food, skewers are not far behind. After all, skewers provide a very convenient way to eat tasty food. I highly recommend making this: Grilled Ground Lamb on Skewers. If you don’t like lamb, you can always substitute pork, beef, or chicken.

Alternatively, make these Cheese Stuffed Meatball Skewers. They’re technically created to be appetizers, but just extend the recipe a little more, and you’ll have something that will be a nice addition to any potluck plate.

Garlic Pepper Pork Skewers are another great potluck party food. And if it’s beef you want to serve, these Beef Skewers will do the job excellently. Last, but definitely not the least, you can go for seafood. Who doesn’t love shrimp? These Shrimp and Vegetable Skewers will vanish quickly before your very eyes.

Potluck Party Food – Desserts

Potluck Party Food

Warm Double-Chocolate Brownie Cakes

Of course, we dare not forget dessert! Potluck party food includes a wide variety of mouthwatering desserts, and it is up to you to seal your reputation as a marvelous dessert maker. You only have to take your pick of what to make.

Cake. It’s always a good idea. You might want to stay away from usual kinds of cakes, though, as the chances are they will already be brought by someone else. That is, of course you stake your claim early on and make it known to everyone. Here’s a good brownie-cake recipe that will satisfy chocolate lovers at the party: Warm Double-Chocolate Brownie Cakes.

This Maple Walnut Cake is also perfect for a potluck party. And if you’ve got rum-loving adults in your party, then you absolutely have to go for this: Bacardi Double-Chocolate Rum Cake. Last suggestion: Won’t Kill the Diet Chocolate Cinnamon Zucchini Cake. Your friends who are watching their waistlines will love you for this!

So the next time you have a potluck party to go to, check out these ideas and have a blast!

Photos via LexnGer, Betty Crocker


  1. dfahskj says:

    So the next time you have a potluck party to go to, check out these ideas and have a blast!

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