28 Easy Potluck Ideas and Recipes, with Pictures!
The questions we always ask ourselves when we get invited to a potluck: "What should I bring to the potluck?" "Hmm what is a good idea to bring, something easy to prepare but people will like?" I have 28 potluck suggestions for you below, hope you find a dish you like!
28 Easy To Prepare Potluck Ideas and Recipes, With Pictures!
Every once in a while we get invited to potlucks – family, friends, office, fundraising, Church or holiday potlucks. Here in North America, and in many parts of the world, potlucks are very popular. Each guest brings a potluck dish and we all share together.
The pictures on this article were taken during our family potlucks and gatherings. I love taking pictures of different subjects, and one of them is food!
Potluck is great time to keep in touch while enjoying the food together. It’s a great occasion for bonding time and catching up on stories.
Whenever I see a great dish served on parties, I’m impressed with the great potluck idea – food that almost everyone loves. So I take a snapshot to keep a remembrance of the beautifully prepared dish and to share with everyone who are looking for great potluck ideas.
Potluck Idea # 1
Potluck Idea # 2
Potluck Idea # 3
Beautifully presented sushi platter!
Potluck Idea # 4
Flat rice noodle dish with vegetables – broccoli and carrots
Potluck Idea # 5
Homemade blueberry muffins! The recipe for the blueberry muffin picture below is here:
Potluck Idea # 6
Simple and healthy vegetable salad – lettuce and fresh bean sprouts! Bring different kinds of salad dressing for the guests.
Potluck Idea # 7
Barbecue Chicken…so delicious!
Potluck Idea # 8
Turon – these are deep fried bananas that are crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. It is a sweet dessert that’s really delicious. The deep brown coating on the outside skin is from the brown sugar.
Potluck Idea # 9
Chicken barbecue! Buy the whole barbecue chicken or rotisserie chicken and slice them into small pieces.
Potluck Idea # 10
Waffles sprinkled with icing sugar and topped with fresh blueberries! I made this for breakfast. I think it’s a great idea not only for breakfast but also for potlucks! Unique party idea! Slice the waffles into quarter pieces.
Potluck Idea # 11
Almond cookies! Buy a box or 2 of these delicious cookies from your nearest Asian grocery. These cookies are relatively inexpensive but very tasty. Here’s a unique potluck idea: Instead of putting the cookies on a normal plate, serve your cookies using a cake stand!
Potluck Idea # 12
Sticky Rice – you can buy this rice frozen and just steam it right before the potluck. You can make the dish more colorful by adding chopped green onions or green peas.
Potluck Idea # 13
You don’t see this very often at potlucks so I think it’s a unique potluck idea: bring luncheon meat!
Slice luncheon meat into thin slices and then pan fry them until they turn golden brown on each side. To make them look even nicer, cook your luncheon meat using a non stick griller. That way each slice will have nice golden brown grill marks.
Potluck Idea # 14
Fried rice! Make vegetable fried rice by using frozen vegetables, or you can also add chopped chicken. Garnish your rice dish with green onions to make it even more fragrant and delicious!
Potluck Idea # 15
Spring mix green salad with pecan nuts and cheese – very simple and healthy potluck idea!
Potluck Idea # 16
Chop Suey or sauteed mix vegetables: Use carrots, broccoli, onions, lettuce.
Potluck Idea # 17
Tocino, or pan fried marinated meat. Marinate the meat overnight for it to absorb the flavor. Pan fry the meat slices until cooked and have a nice golden juicy color. You can also buy premarinated meat from the grocery store so all you need to do is pan fry them.
Potluck Idea # 18
Vegetable chow mein! Buy chow mein noodles and cook according to directions. Add lots of vegetables – cabbage, onions, red pepper, green pepper…..all this is making me hungry!
Potluck Idea # 19
Banana bread/banana cupcake/banana muffins topped with chopped walnuts or pecan nuts. Yum!
Potluck Idea # 20
Sauteed leafy vegetables like Kang Kong
Potluck Idea # 21
Barbecued Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs – beautiful potluck dish idea!
Potluck Idea # 22
Vermicelli noodles or rice noodes, sauteed with your choice of ingredients: chicken, pork, shrimp, carrots, mushrooms or vegetables. You can cook a big dish to serve to your potluck!
Potluck Idea # 23
Palabok – this is a popular Filipino noodle dish that’s usually topped with shrimp and sliced hard boiled eggs. The palabok noodles and palabok sauce are readily available in any Filipino store.
Potluck Idea # 24
This dish is one of my favorites: sliced tofu with shrimp, pork and vegetables. Stir fry the ingredients and season to taste.
Potluck Idea # 25
This is also another popular Filipino dessert that you will find in potluck parties: kutsinta, also spelled cuchinta. You can top them with grated coconut. This is a delicious steamed dessert. You can buy a ready mix pack if you want to make the kutsinta yourself, or alternatively just buy them already made.
Potluck Idea # 26
Delicious brownies! Traditionally we use a square pan to bake brownies, and then slice them into small squares. You can buy a silicon pan that has already square holes on it, so the brownies will bake individually. It’s one of the coolest potluck ideas.
Potluck Idea # 27
Dumplings / Potstickers / Gyoza – bring a plate of these to your potluck!
How to make and cook these potstickers? It’s in this article:
Potluck Idea # 28
And the last potluck idea for today is…meatballs! If you find it too time consuming to make meatballs from scratch, you can buy frozen meatballs and just bake them. Then when the meatballs are already cooked, set them aside and prepare your sauce. Heat up the sauce on a non-stick pan and then add the meatballs in. Easy and delicious potluck idea…make lots for your party!
Hope you enjoyed these potluck ideas!
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