You’ll find a comprehensive list of potluck ideas in this post just in time for your Christmas potluck. We have everything from from broccoli cheese casserole to Christmas cookies! You’re guaranteed to find easy appetizers, side dishes, and desserts that are perfect for your next holiday gathering.
Hosting or attending a potluck during the holidays is a great way to spend time with family, friends and co-workers while splitting up the cooking responsibilities. It’s also such a fun way to try new recipes.
However, I don’t know about you, but choosing the best dish for a potluck can be stressful. You don’t want to be the one that takes home a dish that has hardly been touched.
Tips for choosing good dishes for potlucks
- Choose a recipe that you’ve made before – You don’t want to experiment with a new recipe when you’re cooking for a group of people you’re trying to impress.
- Find out if you can heat it up once you get there or is their only one microwave at your office and your casserole dish won’t fit inside it.
- Check around and see what others are bringing, you don’t want 5 pecan pies!
- Choose a recipe that can be made the night before.
- Make sure your dish is at room temperature or warm when you bring it so that if it does need to be heated, it won’t take as long.
- Offer to bring a slow cooker to keep the rolls warm.
- Make your dish in a disposable container to make clean up easier.
For a work potluck bring a dish that is cold like broccoli salad, or one that can be reheated in the microwave. Crock pot recipes work well since they’ll stay warm and don’t need to be reheated.
If you don’t have time to cook, try bringing some spicy nuts, they will only take 15 minutes to throw together.
If you don’t have time to cook, pick up some dinner rolls at the bakery and bring a slow cooker, use it to keep the rolls warm during the potluck.
There are always time delays with potlucks, someones dish might take longer to heat than expected and everyone is ready to eat. Having a couple of appetizers for folks to munch on is a great way to get things started. This is also a great option if you don’t have time to cook.
Christmas Fruit Kabobs
Chicken Greek Meatballs with Tzatziki Sauce
With so many sides dishes to choose from it’s hard to decide what potluck side to bring. Think about the number of people, and if you can make it ahead of time and just reheat once you get there. Having to actually cook your dish can be a strain on the hostess or office where you’ll be eating. Here are some no-fail sides, salads and breads that will be the star of any potluck.
If you decide to bring rolls, bring along a crock pot so you can rewarm the rolls and keep them warm.
Creamy Green Bean Casserole without Canned Soup
Loaded Ranch Potato Salad with Bacon
Desserts are really the best part of a potluck, it’s a chance to try lots of different treats that you might not have tried before. I generally don’t bring pies to potlucks because they’re just too hard to serve and it’s hard to cut small pieces. Go with cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or a slab pie, that can easily feed a crowd.
Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe
Peppermint Bark Brownies
Buttermilk Cake Recipe with Praline Topping
Peppermint Brownies Recipe
Kris Kringle Crinkles
While potlucks can feel stressful, hopefully you can find something wonderful to bring, there’s nothing like sharing food with friends.