I love potlucks. There’s something so cheerful about sharing food with the people you love, and when everyone is contributing to the feast, it fosters a feeling of camaraderie. But what I don’t love about potlucks is, sometimes, the food. I know I get stuck in a rut, always relying on the tried-and-true creamy casseroles of my youth, but sometimes I want to bring a dish that’s a little fresher, a little more modern. And if everyone else still brings those comfort food classics, there will be one new dish to help brighten up the table and balance out the other flavors.
Making a classy new potluck dish doesn’t have to be hard. These recipes are surprisingly simple, so you don’t have to stress in the hours leading up to the event. Consider transferring warm dishes to a slow cooker that you can plug in at the potluck location to keep things toasty. And most important? Wear your stretchy pants so you can load up your plate with all the home cooking your heart desires.
Farro tabbouleh salad
Hearty farro is the base of this easy make-ahead salad, bursting with fresh herbs and vegetables.
Lemon-dill salmon in foil
Make a big slab of this lemon-dill salmon, then serve it with rye toast, sour cream and capers.
Goat cheese potato salad
Tangy goat cheese elevates humble potato salad to the star dish at your next potluck.
The key to making these hearty antipasto skewers is adding marinated tortellini to each one.
Creamy tomato chicken & spinach
Served with pasta or French bread, this creamy tomato chicken and spinach is a crowd-pleaser.
Spinach-artichoke pasta salad
Until it becomes socially acceptable to eat spinach-artichoke dip with a spoon, we have this pasta salad.
Sweet potato-goat cheese bites
A little sweet, a little savory, these elegant sweet potato bites are perfect for parties.
This paella looks fancy, but it’s a one-pot meal that’s great for feeding a crowd.
Turkey Bolognese stuffed shells
A big pan of cheesy stuffed shells is an upscale alternative to a pasta casserole.
Ham is a great meal for big groups. Serve it with biscuits or rolls, grainy mustard and aged cheddar.
Savory Italian galette
Bursting with the flavors of tomato and cheese, this galette is like pizza’s sophisticated cousin.
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