The solution to your potluck and party dilemna. Keep this list to use anytime you need a fast and easy idea for your potluck.
Are you worrying on what to bring to your potluck or party? Need a fast potluck idea? I have lots of ideas in here for you. Browse through the 30 fast and delicious potluck ideas below and for sure you will find something you like. Enjoy!!
- Potstickers or dumplings – They can be steamed, boiled or pan-fried. If you want them golden brown it’s better to pan-fry them. In a non-stick pan, put a little bit of oil. When the oil is hot put in the potstickers flat side down. Then add water just enough to cover about a quarter of the potstickers’ height. When all the water is absorbed, the bottom will start to brown. Continue cooking until it’s golden brown. Arrange on a platter and put a dipping sauce on the center .
- Spring rolls- If you are in a hurry you can buy frozen spring rolls, and then just bake them in the oven. Costco has big packs of spring rolls and they come with the dipping sauce too.
- Bacon wrapped scallops – Wrap each scallop with half a strip of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Broil until golden brown.
- Devilled eggs – Slice the boiled eggs lengthwise. You can also slice them “zig zag” so they look nicer. Very carefully take out the yolks, and put them in a separate bowl. Mash the yolks and add mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip), salt and pepper. Mix them well. Use a cake decorator piping tube to pipe the mixture into the egg white halves. If you do not have a piping tube you can spoon the filling into the egg white halves. You can arrange these devilled eggs on a platter lined with lettuce leaves so they do not slip or move. Cover with plastic saran wrap until serving time.
- Caesar salad – Chop fresh romaine lettuce leaves. Wash the leaves, and use salad spinner to spin them dry. Arrange in a salad bowl and top with chopped cucumber, tomatoes, sliced boiled eggs, shredded cheese and croutons. Drizzle with salad dressing just before serving.
- Pasta salad – Cook elbow macaroni pasta al dente and rinse with cold water. Drain well. Add small cubed pieces of cheese, zucchini, olives and cherry tomatoes. Add desired dressing just before serving.
- Shrimp tray – You can buy shrimp trays ready made so you do not have to do any preparation. You can bring a dip to go with the shrimp tray.
- Fruit salad – Chop assorted fruits into bite-size pieces. Arrange them into a fruit platter. Colorful fruit platters look great on potlucks! Watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, grapes, oranges, strawberries… any fruits are always appreciated at potlucks.
- Spinach dip – Buy a pack of frozen spinach and let thaw completely. Take as much water out as possible by pressing it into a colander. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream. Add a packet of soup mix. Mix all together, then transfer to a nice bowl. Serve with sliced vegetable sticks like celery, red and green pepper and carrots. To make it extra fancier you can serve this dip on a hollowed out center of sourdough bread. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve with cubed bread if desired.
- Baked chicken wings – If you have enough time you can buy chicken wings and marinate them with salt, pepper, mustard, olive oil and lemon. Costco sells big boxes of pre-marinated chicken wings that you can just put in the oven and bake, if you are in a hurry. After baking place the chicken wings in a nice party plate and on the center put a dip of your choice.
- Cole slaw – Toss some carrots and cabbage into the food processor, then mix them in a bowl. Add coleslaw dressing and mix well. Cover bowl with plastic saran wrap and keep cold in the fridge. Coleslaw is one of the fastest things to make for a potluck!
- Spaghetti with meatballs – Cook the spaghetti al dente. Rinse and drain well. Saute chopped onions then add frozen meatballs. Add pasta sauce or tomato sauce, water, salt, black pepper, basil and oregano spices. Simmer until meatballs are soft. Mix with the drained spaghetti and top with shredded cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
- Cookies – Arrange assorted cookies on a plate. This is a good recipe too that you can try: Delicious Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Fried rice – On a large pan add oil. When oil is heated add minced garlic, shrimp, diced chicken (or any meat of your choice), and season with salt. Scramble some eggs and pour it in. When the eggs are about to turn solid, keep on stirring until the eggs break apart to small pieces. Then add the cold cooked rice in. Continue mixing everything. Season to taste. Top with chopped green onions. Serve on a nice bowl. The potluck guests will like it!
- Shrimp and grape tomato Kabobs – Soak the skewers in hot water for about 20 minutes. In a small bowl mix together crushed garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, freshly chopped dill (or dried), salt and pepper. Coat the shrimps with this mixture. Then thread the shrimp and tomatoes alternately on the skewer. Grill until the shrimps are done.
- Tacos – Saute onions and add ground beef. Cook until brown. Drain liquids. Chop lettuce and tomatoes into small pieces. Mix everything and put in the fridge to chill. Just before serving, add salad dressing. Serve on tacos.
- Cupcakes – if you have no time to mix ingredients from scratch, you can purchase ready-mix cakes and use them to make instant cupcakes. Cupcakes are faster to bake. Use colorful or decorated paper cups to make them really pretty. You can also buy ready-made icing and pipe some icing on top of the cupcakes, and sprinkle them with chocolate of rainbow sprinkles.
- Ham and cheese rolled in flour tortillas – In a small bowl mix mayonnaise or Miracle Whip and shredded cheese. Next take a flour tortilla and top it with a slice of ham. Spread the mixture over the ham. Then roll it up, and slice into bite size pieces. Secure with toothpick.
- Brownies – You can purchase a brownie mix and quickly bake it, or you can also buy a pack of bite-size ready to eat brownies. These are very popular at potlucks. Costco has big packages of bite-size brownies. Yummy!
- Tuna salad on crackers – In a bowl mix tuna, finely chopped tomatoes, Miracle Whip or mayonnaise (or salad dressing), and season with salt and pepper. If you want some greens on it you can add herbs like chopped cilantro or dill. Mix well. Serve on crackers.
- Potato salad – Boil potatoes, then peel and slice into cubes. Add chopped hard-boiled eggs, chopped celery, salt, dijon mustard, and mayonnaise or salad dressing. Toss well. Chill before serving.
- Frozen fruits – You can buy packs of assorted fruits that are frozen. They can be found on the frozen section of your grocery store. There are many different fruit combinations. Mango, peach, strawberry, pineapples, cantaloupe…. You can also find big frozen fruits packages at Costco frozen section. Bring them to room temperature about an hour before the potluck. . Frozen fruits is always an easy solution to potlucks! They’re healthy, easy, and requires no preparation!
- Veggie tray – This is easy to make, and making your own veggie tray for potluck is more economical than buying ready-made ones. It requires very little time to chop vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and cucumber. You can buy an aluminum party tray from the dollar store. Fill it up with assorted veggies and a dip on the center of the tray.
- Cheese tray – Choose several kinds of cheese (preferably some white and some yellow to make an attractive platter). Cut into bite size cube pieces. On the side of your platter you can also make it more attractive by adding some assorted fruits like red and green grapes, strawberry and kiwi. This will make your cheese tray very colorful and beautiful!
- Corn – Corn is also one of the easiest thing to make for potluck! Boil or grill some corn, and chop them in halves or 3 parts.
- Watermelon – People love plain watermelon! Slice them into chunks or triangles and arrange them on a platter.
- Baked lasagna – This is a time saver for potlucks too. Buy a frozen lasagna and bake it. Spinach lasagna is a good choice too since it’s healthier than all meat.
- Salmon pate – You can buy a ready to eat canned salmon pate, or you can also improvise your own which is just as delicious. Mix canned salmon, cream cheese, a squeeze of lemon, season with salt and pepper. You can also add herbs like chopped parsley, cilantro or dill. Cover with plastic wrap and chill before serving. Serve with crackers.
- Baked potato nuggets – Put red potatoes in a bowl, and drizzle olive oil to lightly coat the potatoes. Season with coarse salt and pepper. Bake until done. It’s simple and delicious!
- Mini Sandwiches – Make several sandwich fillings and spread on the sandwich bread. You can trim off crusts if you prefer. Slice into triangles. Stick colorful toothpicks. Suggested sandwich fillings: (1) Egg Salad – Chop some boiled eggs and mix with mayonnaise and black pepper. (2) Chicken salad – chop barbecue or rotisserie chicken into small pieces, then add mayonnaise or salad dressing, and season with black pepper. (3) Tuna salad – mix drained tuna with chopped celery and mayonnaise or salad dressing. Season with salt and black pepper. Mix well. Arrange the mini sandwiches on a platter. Miniature sandwiches are great potluck ideas because most people like small serving sizes.
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