Whether youâ€™re in charge of bringing a small bite, a main dish, or a sweet ending, these impressive (and impressively simple) potluck solutions will be the star of the spread. All of these dishes can be made ahead are delicious served room temperature, so the first guest will be just as happy as the last.
Store-bought pound cake replaces ladyfingers in this recipe, cutting prep time down to just 15 minutes. Brush the cake with coffee and a touch of rum, then layer with shaved chocolate and a light cream-cheese mixture for a quick and easy take on a classic that can be prepared ahead and travels well.
With only five ingredients -- Dijon mustard, white-wine vinegar, olive oil, parsley and potatoes (plus salt and pepper) -- you can probably whip up this easy salad with what's in your kitchen. A big handful of chopped fresh parsley adds color and fresh flavor to the mix.
This salad features the flavors of a traditional Italian antipasti platter, mixed with spiral-shaped pasta. Salami, mozzarella cheese, green olives, and jarred red peppers are called for, but feel free to add or substitute other ingredients, including tuna, provolone, anchovies, artichoke hearts, capers, or marinated mushrooms.
Maple syrup sweetens the no-bake filling of this easy cheesecake, which can be prepared up to one day ahead. Brush thin slices of pear with more maple syrup and broil until caramelized to make the decorative topping, which should be added just before serving.
Baking this risotto frees you from the endless stirring usually required, leaving only 20 minutes of prep time. Kale and butternut squash add nutrition and substance to this one-pot vegetarian main course. To save time, cut up the squash earlier in the week and refrigerate it in a resealable plastic bag.
This easy, sophisticated dip is a simple combination of cream cheese, blue cheese, and toasted walnuts. It is delicious served with crackers, bread, or apple and pear wedges. Rub the sliced fruit with lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Make this spread up to one week in advance.
Beets add not only bright-red color to this arugula side salad but also lots of nutrition. Peeling and cutting the beets into small pieces reduces their cooking time, and they can be roasted up to a day in advance. To bring this salad to a potluck, pack arugula, oranges, beets, pistachio, and dressing in separate containers and toss everything together to serve.
Sliced orange, fennel bulb, and tiny Nicoise olives are tossed in a spicy lemon dressing. To bring to a potluck, prepare the ingredients ahead and combine them just before serving.
Rich and custardy, bread pudding is even better with semisweet chocolate mixed in. Cinnamon-raisin bread adds even more flavor to this pudding, but any bread will work. Serve this warm, room temperature, or cold. To chill, let cool completely, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
Combine flour, sugar, and butter in a food processor to make quick work of the dough that forms both the crust and the streusel topping for these easy bar cookies. Put the food processor to work again to puree the filling, made from dried figs, apple juice, and lemon zest. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 5 days.
Marinated artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, and parsley are easy ingredients to keep on hand to make this easy appetizer anytime. To bring to a potluck, prepare the toast and topping ahead and assemble just before serving. These crostini are delicious at room temperature, but can also be broiled for a few minutes so the cheese melts.
This pulled pork is extra tender thanks to hours of slow cooking in a spicy tomato sauce. This recipe makes enough to feed a crowd, so bring it to a potluck dinner for a main dish that's sure to delight. To transport it, secure the lid of the slow cooker; plug it in once you arrive to keep the pulled pork warm.
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