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.
Cherry Coke beef carnitas
Sticky and sweet, this Cherry Coke carnitas dish can be served straight out of the slow cooker into warm tortillas.
Quinoa, black bean and corn salad
Pack this quinoa, black bean and corn salad in a sealed container and serve cold or at room temperature when you arrive.
Toasted ramen noodle salad
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.
Whole wheat dinner rolls
Freshly baked rolls are always a potluck favorite. Easy, delicious, and no refrigeration required.
Individual seven-layer dips
Layer up these adorable individual seven-layer dip cups, then nest snugly in a shallow casserole dish to zip them over to the fiesta.
Loaded baked potato dip
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.
Slow cooker Buffalo chicken sliders
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.
Slow cooker cocktail meatballs
These baked meatballs get their flavor from simmering for two hours in the Crock Pot with a garlicky hot sauce.
Gluten-free Ghirardelli fudgy brownies
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.
Copycat Twix cookie bars
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.
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.