Easy Potluck Ideas

September 30, 2011 | By | Comments (0)

Earlier this week a friend asked me to help him make an entrée for an international potluck lunch he was supposed to participate in at work.

When we were planning the dish, he made two recipe suggestions: chicken paprikash and shepherd’s pie. I suggested going with the latter since it would be easier to double the recipe and serve to a large group of people.

Table Spread

We ended up having a lot of fun making the dish together and, though it was time-consuming, it took very little effort to cook. Plus, I heard it was a hit among his coworkers.

I think the key to making successful potluck dishes is to choose fan-favorite comfort foods that can easily serve a large number of people (or be doubled with minimal effort). Here are some ideas.

Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Apricots With Sage
Entrée: Classic Beef Stew
Side: Watercress Salad With Beets and Feta
Dessert: Secret-Ingredient Devil’s Food Cupcakes

And don’t forget to use Real Simple’s potluck planner chart to help organize your next potluck.

Do you like potluck meals? What are your favorite easy potluck ideas?