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Potluck parties: 10 Easily transportable dishes

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10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

There's nothing worse than showing up at a party with a smashed cake or soggy fried chicken. Choose one of these perfectly portable dishes for your next potluck.

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Cherry Coke beef carnitas

Sticky and sweet, this Cherry Coke carnitas dish can be served straight out of the slow cooker into warm tortillas.

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Quinoa, black bean and corn salad

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Pack this quinoa, black bean and corn salad in a sealed container and serve cold or at room temperature when you arrive.

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Toasted ramen noodle salad

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Forget the mayonnaise-drenched cole slaw and bring simple toasted ramen noodle salad instead. Bring the tangy vinegar-based dressing in a separate container and stir in right before serving to keep the salad from getting soggy.

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Whole wheat dinner rolls

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Freshly baked rolls are always a potluck favorite. Easy, delicious, and no refrigeration required.

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Individual seven-layer dips

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Layer up these adorable individual seven-layer dip cups, then nest snugly in a shallow casserole dish to zip them over to the fiesta.

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Loaded baked potato dip

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Get all the flavor of a loaded baked potato without the hassle. This creamy dip can be made ahead of time, then popped in the oven and heated for 15 minutes at chow time.

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Slow cooker Buffalo chicken sliders

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Slow cookers are the way to go when it comes to potluck meat dishes. Just pop your chicken in the slow cooker with the other ingredients and cook on low for eight hours. Shred and sauce the chicken, then let guests help themselves.

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Slow cooker cocktail meatballs

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

These baked meatballs get their flavor from simmering for two hours in the Crock Pot with a garlicky hot sauce.

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Gluten-free Ghirardelli fudgy brownies

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Save the cakes and pies for another day. Fudgy brownies travel well in their pan and can be sliced and served at the dessert table.

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Copycat Twix cookie bars

10 Perfectly portable potluck dishes

Mess-free cookie, caramel and chocolate bars? Yes, ma'am. This layered dessert is made in a pan then chilled. Keep them in the pan until it's time to dig into the desserts.

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Now that you have all the best insider secrets for a killer Fourth of July cookout, don't forget to pick up some Open Nature Meat from Safeway to finish off your perfect Independence Day.

This post was sponsored by Safeway.

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