Are you searching for easy potluck recipes? Then you’re in the right place! Here’s a list of inexpensive and easy-to-prepare potluck ideas sure to please a crowd. There’s no need for you to stress over what to serve your guests when you have a couple of these recipes in your back pocket. These recipes are so simple and quick and guaranteed to not break the bank!
Easy Potluck Recipes To Feed A Crowd
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Easy Potluck Appetizers
1. Whipped Garlic Feta Dip
Do you need last-minute potluck ideas? Try making this whipped garlic feta dip. It only takes 10 minutes to make which is ideal if you need to make something for a potluck party—fast. Not only is this garlic dip flavorful, it is versatile too! It goes well with many popular potluck appetizers such as crackers, veggie stix, and pretzels.
2. Easy Homemade Guacamole
Guacamole is another easy dip or a spread you can quickly whip up for a potluck party. Sure, you can buy guacamole at grocery stores just as fast. But a homemade one often tastes much better. Plus, you can adjust the flavor the way you want. Make some guacamole, grab a few bags of chips, then you’re good to go.
3. Garlic Parmesan Puffs
In just about half an hour, you can make a few batches of garlic Parmesan puffs. Don’t worry because you don’t actually have to make your pastry dough from scratch—or do any of the difficult bits of the baking process. You simply roll out the puff pastry sheets, brush it with olive oil and Parmesan mixture, roll it again, then pop it in the oven. It’s pretty easy, right?
4. Baked Honey Cajun Shrimp
Baked shrimp with honey and Cajun seasoning is one of the easiest potluck appetizers you can make. It goes well with side dishes like mashed potatoes, steamed rice, and pasta. The cooking process is fairly simple as you only have to marinate the shrimp for at least an hour before baking. Just make sure you buy peeled and deveined shrimp. If honey and Cajun seasoning is not your thing, you can also try cooking the shrimp with garlic and sriracha.
Easy Potluck Salad
5. Mexican Street Corn Salad
Bring something unique to the potluck party like this Mexican street corn salad. It’s packed with flavor because of the spices, mayo, cheese, and sour cream. Plus, the salad has just the right amount of zest from the lime and heat from the spicy seasoning.
6. All-American Potato Salad
This all-American potato salad does take a bit of time to make. But it’s still fairly simple. You basically just slice everything, boil and season the potatoes, combine them with the other ingredients, and let the mixture chill for at least an hour in the fridge. Whip up the salad the night before the party so you won’t have to rush.
7. Light Chicken Salad
Like the potato salad, chicken salad is a staple at potluck parties. It’s not as quick as the other recipes on this list since you still have to cook and shred the chicken breasts. But putting everything together to make the salad is by no means difficult. Once the chicken is ready, you only have to add the other ingredients like mustard, mayo, yogurt, grapes, and pecans. This salad pairs well with both bread and lettuce wraps.
8. Low-Carb Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw
If you want to bring something fresh and healthy to the potluck party, make this spicy cilantro-peanut slaw. It’s a low-key salad but it’s packed with a lot of flavors This version of coleslaw has a punch of heat from the sriracha sauce and an extra crunch from the peanuts. It is sour and savory, because of the sesame oil, peanut oil, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.
Easy Potluck Main Dish
9. Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
People at the party won’t mind getting a bit messy when you serve these crispy chicken wings! The good news is you won’t have to deep-fry the chicken. You only need to put them in the oven for approximately 35 minutes while you make the savory buffalo sauce. In less than an hour, you’ll have a few batches of these crispy wings for the potluck.
10. Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
This slow cooker beef brisket is an easy potluck main dish recipe even though it takes eight hours to cook. If you are patient enough to wait and have the time to actually do it, then give this slow cooker beef brisket a shot. The preparation process itself is really simple and takes only 20 minutes. But the meat has to be cooked slowly on low heat so it’ll be very tender. This dish is sure to be the star of the buffet table!
11. Baked Pork Tenderloin
One-pan recipes are really convenient, especially if you’re cooking for many people. If you’re looking for one, here’s a baked pork tenderloin recipe for you. It does not take more than an hour to make this dish. More importantly, it is incredibly delicious with all the pork, garlic, mustard, potatoes, and green beans cooked in one pan. The juices just come together and create this beautiful sauce you can pour over the tenderloin cuts once they’re cooked.
12. Easy Crockpot Chili
This crockpot chili is one of the easiest slow cooker potluck recipes you can find. The flavor of the chili is on-point since it contains an array of spices such as cumin, cayenne, chili, pepper, and garlic. It only takes about two hours for the dish to be ready, with 20 minutes of preparation time. You can leave the beans to slowly cook, checking it every now and then, while you get ready for the party.
Easy Potluck Desserts
13. Honey Basil Fruit Salad
This is the quickest among all the easy potluck recipes on this list. With just three ingredients, lemon, honey, and basil leaves, you can make an incredible dressing for a fruit salad. This recipe suggests the use of raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. But the dressing is quite versatile you can use it on any fresh fruit salad combination. A dessert as fresh and refreshing as this salad is perfect for a summer potluck.
14. 5-Minute Chocolate Fudge
Hardly anyone can pass up a chocolate dessert. So, be sure to make dozens of these creamy chocolate fudge bars. It’s made with dark chocolate chips which are balanced out by the sweetened condensed milk. To whip up this decadent dessert, you only need about five minutes to prepare and mix the ingredients. The hardest part is waiting because it might take a few more minutes for the fudge bars to set in the fridge.
15. Peanut Butter Pie
Surprise everyone at the potluck party with this decadent, almost sinful dessert! The peanut butter pie has a crushed-Oreo base and a creamy peanut butter filling. It has chocolate peanut butter ganache on top. With all these delicious layers, you might think it’s challenging to make this pie. But no! It is actually a zero fuss, no-bake recipe, ideal for beginners, and for those who don’t have the time to bake a pie.
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One thing you must’ve noticed among the easy potluck recipes is they’re all close enough to being comfort food. You don’t really need to make your dish complicated. Potlucks are mostly about sharing what you have with the community—potluck food is ideally homemade and a regular meal you enjoy. When you’re creating your own potluck dish, simply think of the food close to your heart.
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