There can be a little bit of pressure when you’re asked to bring a dish to a potluck. You don’t want to make something totally weird that may confuse some guests, but you certainly don’t want to bore your friends with just another casserole either. The key to a winning potluck dish is to prepare something that is universally liked and easy to serve and share. This is not the occasion to try out your fancy brandy steak or tofu tacos. Keep the core of your recipe accessible, but don’t be afraid to add a little twist to show off your culinary skills.
Just because you’re going with a crowd-pleaser doesn’t mean your potluck contribution has to be dull. Give an on-trend, healthy spin to your salad by using kale and avocados or add a kick to your mac and cheese with some jalapeños and bacon. If you’re on dessert duty, you can pump up your average chocolate chip cookie by using three types of chocolate (plus an unexpected ingredient that ups the cookies' healthy quotient), or impress everyone with your classic pecan pie.
No matter what, these nine dishes are sure to impress at the next potluck. Just make sure to bring enough so everyone can have seconds — trust us, they’ll want more.