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Potluck recipes with a gourmet twist

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Gourmet potluck recipes

Whether you're a good-natured potluck competitor or feel a tad daunted by cooking for a crowd, potlucks are a festive food occasion that gives you the opportunity to mingle with and impress your fellow potluckers and feel good about your cooking. Here, we’ve taken three classic potluck recipes – deviled eggs, fruit salad and chicken salad – and given them a gourmet twist with inventive ingredients that will awe any hungry crowd.

Proscuitto melon salad

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

Makes 24

Deviled eggs, the go-to recipe for many get-togethers, gets a tasty update with quinoa and smoked salmon. These can be made a day ahead.

Ingredients:

  • 12 hardboiled eggs, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise made with olive oil
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1-1/4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped smoked salmon
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (white and green parts)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Place egg yolks in a large bowl and set whites aside. Add mayonnaise and lemon juice, and mash until well combined.
  2. Add quinoa, salmon and green onions, stirring to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Mound salmon mixture onto egg white halves. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Prosciutto & Melon Salad

Serves 10

With their bright colors and juicy sweetness, fruit salads are a refreshing side for more substantial potluck casserole dishes. Melon, salty prosciutto and tangy feta give the usual fruit dish a delectable savory twist.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large cantaloupe, halved, seeded
  • 4 ounces prosciutto, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Remove cantaloupe flesh from the rind with a melon baller, or dice the melon. Place in a large bowl. Add prosciutto, feta and parsley, tossing to combine.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, vinegar and lime juice. Drizzle over melon mixture and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Chicken Salad for a Crowd

Serves up to 20

If you're going to make the effort to chop and toss a chicken salad, why not include ingredients that will garner hungry attention? Tender steamed broccoli, crisp bell pepper, meaty sun-dried tomatoes and crunchy toasted almonds elevate the flavor profile of this popular potluck dish.

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 3 cups lightly steamed broccoli florets
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil
  • 1 to 2 cups light mayonnaise made with olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cups torn Bibb lettuce
  • 5 cups torn romaine lettuce
  • 2 (11-ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 2 cups sliced almonds, toasted

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, pickle relish and tomatoes.
  2. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, zest and sugar. Spoon over chicken mixture and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place lettuces on a large serving platter and top with chicken mixture. Sprinkle with oranges and almonds. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

More potluck ideas

How to host a successful potluck party
Food safety tips for church dinners, potlucks & family reunions
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