Potluck Recipes & Ideas

Divide to conquer your next gathering by hosting a potluck! Find a series of perfect potluck appetizers, sides, main courses, and desserts, in addition to potluck themes and hosting tips.

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How to Host the Perfect Cookie Swap

Make this fun pre-holiday party the best it can be. For more tasty and festive holiday cookie recipes and tips, download our complete guide here.
By Blythe Copeland

25 Winning Recipes for Your Next Summer Potluck

Be the talk of your block when you bring these crowd-pleasers to your next potluck party.
By Jennifer Anderson

Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake

If you love the apple-cider doughnuts often sold at farmers' markets, you'll love this cake! Baked in a Bundt pan, it's essentially a giant cakey doughnut, made a little more wholesome with whole-wheat flour. A blend of olive oil and applesauce helps keep it moist. This classic fall dessert recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter). Martha also made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 802.

Classic French Toast

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Any dense bread such as challah, brioche, or sourdough will work for this simple French toast recipe.

Baked-Eggplant Parmesan

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Choose firm, smooth eggplants. We bake rather than fry ours for less mess and less fat.

Apple-Pie Cake

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A cross between pie and a fruit crisp, this dramatic dessert is made with just six common ingredients.

Everyday Vegetable Soup

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This basic vegetable soup can be made with any combination of fresh or frozen vegetables, so the soup will taste a little different each time. The recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled to feed all the vegetable soup fans at your table.

Classic Meatloaf

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Good meatloaf is about as comforting as comfort food gets. Thankfully, meatloaf doesn't have to be complex to be good. It just needs to be tender (from breadcrumbs soaked in milk and gentle handling) and flavorful (from onion, garlic, and ketchup).

Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

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There is fall flavor in every bite of this seasonal bundt. An apple-cider glaze and caramelized apples in the batter set this spice cake apart.

Roasted Red Potatoes

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Fresh rosemary complements the earthy taste of roasted red potatoes in this simple but satisfying side dish.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

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Get a head start on dinner with this fresh take on a slow-simmered, all-in-one meal that makes clean-up a breeze.

Beef Stew

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You can make this beef stew in the oven or a slow cooker. Either way, in two simple steps, you will have a warming, wholesome, and wonderfully flavorful meal.
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Inspiration and Ideas

20 Hauntingly Good Halloween Potluck Recipes
Once your friends get a load of these potluck treats, not even the ghost of a crumb will remain.
30 Easy Potluck Recipes for All Kinds of Parties
Whether you're in charge of bringing a small bite, a crowd-pleasing side, a hearty main dish, or a sweet ending, these impressive (and impressively simple) potluck recipes will be the star of the spread. They can all be made ahead and are delicious served at room temperature, so the first guest will be just as happy as the last.

Lemon Icebox Cookies

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Tart icebox cookies make an easy and satisfying dessert or snack.