Going to a Potluck? Try One of These Easy Recipes

February 02, 2016 Entertaining

An invitation to a potluck means you need to create a dish that feeds a crowd. Even if you have a busy schedule, there are quick, easy, delicious recipes you can make for your next event.

" … there are quick, easy, delicious recipes you can make for your next event."

Considering how hectic our lives are, no one wants to spend hours making a dish completely from scratch. However, homemade creations are often the stars of the party. With a clever mix of fresh and pre-made ingredients, and the below tips, you can prepare a unique, great-tasting dessert or appetizer at home — without all the fuss.

Plan Your Potluck Dishes Having a collection of your favorite recipes on hand to serve a large group takes the guesswork out of what you'll prepare. Thinking ahead to how many you'll be feeding at the party can help you decide which of those recipes to select. For most potluck dinners, you only need to bring one dish that feeds around 8–10 people, but to be sure, ask the host.

Keep Your Pantry Stocked Always have canned beans, pasta, stock, peppers, sauces, condiments and baking supplies in your kitchen. If you have the right ingredients, it doesn't take long to whip up a dessert like this brownie recipe. Partygoers will love the indulgent flavor of dark chocolate, although they'll never guess the secret ingredient: black beans.

*Tip: If you don't have a particular can of beans in your pantry, chances are you can substitute a different one. We have an entire story dedicated to clever bean swaps.

Do Prep Work Ahead of Time Look for recipes you can assemble ahead of time, such as this chili cheese dip recipe. With prep work out of the way, all you have to do is bake the dish for 15 minutes once you arrive at the party. (Of course, check with the host in advance to make sure you can use her oven.)

Look for Healthy Recipes Parties make it easy to eat a lot of overly processed foods. Break the habit of buying those frozen appetizers that are so popular and instead substitute a more sensible, but still delectable, choice. A tasty, easy pinwheel recipe is not only a more wholesome option, but it is also sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Think Small Bite-size appetizers are super simple to transport and can be fun to display. Two perfect examples of easy recipes are these Southwest-inspired mini quiches and this hearty bruschetta. Guests can load them on their plates and snack on them as they mingle.

Don't stress over your potluck dish. These delicious, easy recipes will lend a savory (or sweet) note to any event!

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