If a potluck is a competition, you need to be the very best. From a sweet and salty bacon bourbon caramel popcorn guests will grab by the handful to new twists on potluck classics like macaroni and cheese, artichoke dip, and deviled eggs to delectable desserts like mini fruit tarts, these dishes will help you to dominate the table.
If you thought caramel corn couldn’t get any better, you’ve obviously never considered adding bacon. Guests will be grabbing this snack by the handful; we guarantee it.
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When done correctly, a classic like barbecue pulled pork is sure to wow everyone who tastes it. This recipe is 100 percent homemade and 100 percent awesome.
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A hearty, tender beef brisket will win over any carnivores in attendance at your potluck. You can easily make this ahead of time, too, which is a great plus.
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The three main ingredients in this lasagna make it so comforting, so warming, and so fragrant that everyone at the potluck will love you just a little bit more for bringing this dish into their lives.
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Grilled Mexican corn is a picnic favorite, but it can be hard to transport and to eat without making a mess. Turning it into a colorful, fresh salad is the perfect solution.
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Macaroni and cheese is a classic potluck food, but turn it on its head by deep-frying this favorite comfort food. It’s cheesy, crunchy, and portable — what’s not to love?!
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Reinvent another classic by adding a kick of cayenne and sweet, succulent crab. Somewhere between a fondue and a classic baked artichoke dip, this dish is unbelievably satisfying.
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Spicy and boldly flavored, jerk chicken is a favorite dish in Jamaica and the Caribbean, but not many Americans know it well. Teach your friends a valuable, delicious lesson with this healthy recipe.
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A little tart, perfectly sweet, and creamy to perfection, these lemon bars are simple and light — a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
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Ripe berries, a cream with fresh lemon curd, and a sugary, light tart shell make for a delicate and delicious end to a potluck plate.
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Quiche and biscuits are both staples of any good patisserie. Together, they make for one incroyable dish.
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Everyone loves a chocolate peanut butter treat, right? These no-bake morsels are super-simple to make and totally irresistible.
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Who doesn’t love a glass of rosé? Even when it isn’t summer, the perfectly pink wine is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, especially when it’s featured in a dessert.
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It’s right there in the name; this fried chicken is perfect. Crunchy, moist, and packed with flavor, you can’t ask for anything more.
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With bold, fragrant ingredients like capers, fresh basil, salty prosciutto, and tangy goat cheese, the last thing this salad could be defined as is bland.
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A tasty potluck dish is a good thing to have. But an easy-to-make, sweet, and tasty potluck dish is a wonderful thing to have. These cheesecake bars tick all those boxes (and more).
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Another classic picnic food is turned on its head. A boring, old fruit salad gets a little naughty thanks to an irresistible blend of wines.
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Homemade doughnuts are a particular delight, but you know what makes them even more delightful? A chocolate truffle in the center. This recipe has that.
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Deviled eggs with a truly devilish, spicy kick are a great twist on an old classic. And everything is better with bacon, right?
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Everyone can appreciate a quality barbecue dish. With a homemade sauce that is sweet and savory, these fall-off-the-bone ribs are positively perfect.
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Filled with different textures, this coleslaw redefines that boring, old cabbage slaw your mama made by being a complete and total umami flavor bomb.
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Guacamole is kind of a tropical dish, when you really think about it. People forget that. This mango and jicama guacamole remix will remind them.
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Nothing helps to boost the flavor of fresh, ripe watermelon quite like a bit of salt, which comes in this recipe courtesy of delicious, crumbled feta.
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A tangy, Southern-inspired barbecue sauce is certainly a way to get people at the potluck talking. When paired with smoked chicken pieces, the talking turns to tasting (and enjoying).
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No potluck would be complete without a potato salad, right? With a light dressing of balsamic, this variation on the picnic classic is lighter yet zesty and highlights the underrated taste of the red potato.
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