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Easy Potluck Recipes (30 minutes or less)

Looking to create a new signature dish to bring to your next potluck? Maybe one of these easy potluck recipes (30 minutes or less) will fit the bill.

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Many of us need a few good recipes in our back pocket to contribute to holiday events or family and friends dinners. Of course it’s perfectly fine to bring your tried and true signature dish. But if you’re looking to change it up a bit this year, the recipes below take 30 minutes or less to make, can be made ahead and are easily transported. All but two are vegetarian.

So go ahead, pick one and and surprise everyone!

Easy Potluck Recipes: Appetizers

Dukkah Recipe

Easy and popular. Dunk bread in olive oil, then in seed-nut-seasoning mixture, then eat. Repeat.

Dukkah Recipe
Dukkah dipped in oil on bread1
Ground nuts, seeds and spices make an incredible appetizer "dip" served with bread and olive oil. Your guests will rave about this delicious Dukkah recipe. 
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Cocktail Chicken Meatballs

Only 22 minutes to make, easy to warm up in the microwave or oven and very tasty.

Saucy Baked Chicken Meatballs
Baked Chicken Meatballs on rice on plate
Tender, sticky, sweet, spicy baked chicken meatballs are a perfect appetizer or weeknight meal over fluffy rice. Impressive, but so quick and easy.
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Mini Caprese Appetizers

Light and simple.  A couple of shortcuts make these little apps even easier.

Caprese Appetizers
Mini Caprese skewers on cutting board with balsamic reduction drizzle f
We boost the flavour of these little caprese appetizers (made with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes) by a marinade and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.
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Easy Shrimp With Gremolata Dressing

Fresh, zesty and bursting with flavor, this app is a nice change from the classic shrimp cocktail. Low cal, make ahead, delish.

Roasted Shrimp with Gremolata Dressing
Shrimp with Gremolata Dressing on plate f
Toss plump roasted shrimp with a zesty Gremolata dressing of fresh parsley, lemon, garlic and olive oil for a delicious simple light dish. In less than 20 minutes, you can have an elegant dinner on the table or an impressive appetizer for your guests.  
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Endive Appetizers With Ricotta and Gems

Light and easy little gems. Check out the many variations for toppings.

Endive Appetizers With Ricotta and Gems
Loaded Endive Ricotta Appetizer filled with currants, chives, peppers, almonds and drizzled with honey or balsamic reduction
These Endive Appetizers with ricotta and "gems" are super light and easy to make. Beautiful contrasting colors, textures and flavors. And the variations are endless.
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Melted Olive Cheese Appetizers

The blend of salty tangy olives with the cheddar, onions and curry works really well.   Even non-olive lovers love these apps. You can bake them before transporting, then warm them in a 350F oven for a few minutes.

Melted Olive Cheese Appetizers Recipe
Melted Olive Cheese Appetizers
Melted Olive Cheese Appetizers are fabulous, quick and easy to make and are a consistently "can I have the recipe?" recipe. Freezes well.
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Cheese Twist Appetizers

Flaky, melt in your mouth. Great on their own or to use as dippers.

Cheese Twists
Cheese Twist Appetizers
Puff pastry Cheese Twists are a great choice for your next get-together. Flaky, cheesy, crispy and easy to make ahead as an appetizer. And very popular!
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Easy Potluck Recipes: Side Dishes

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

Soft and warm and cheesy.  They may not be an exact clone of the Red Lobster biscuits, but pretty close. And they only take 20 minutes from start to finish.

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits
Cheddar Biscuits (Red Lobster) on plate
I'm not huge Red Lobster fan, but I do love those Red Lobster cheddar biscuits they bring to the table after you order. Soft and warm and cheesy with a hint of garlic. Really good.
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Maple Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

This dish is amazing for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or any holiday event. Delish!

Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
Maple-Lime Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans in a bowl f
The combination of pure maple syrup, fresh lime and toasted pecans elevate these glazed sweet potatoes to a wickedly good side dish.
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Grilled Coleslaw (no mayo)

This is way better than your run of the mill coleslaw. It’s pretty, delicious and the vinaigrette and sesame seeds add great flavors.

Grilled Cabbage
Grilled shredded cabbage with julienne carrots, green onion, sesame seeds and dressing on a platter.
Grilled cabbage is turned into our version of a super flavorful, no mayo coleslaw. The vibrant colors of the red cabbage, julienne carrots, green onion  and sesame seeds make a stunning vegetarian side dish.
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Beet and Orange Salad

If you buy roasted beets, available in most supermarkets, this recipe takes about 15 minutes to pull together. Pretty and tasty.

Beet and Orange Salad Recipe
Beet and Orange Salad
Fresh, bright and pretty. This Beet, Orange and Goat Cheese Salad is easy to put together and looks beautiful on the table.
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Herb Potato Salad

This potato salad only takes 20 minutes to make but needs some time to blend the flavors. By the time you get to your potluck and serve it, it will be good to go.

Herb Potato Salad
Herb Potato Salad in bowl on tray in garden
Herb potato salad is a perfect light summer side dish that's quick and easy to make and bursting with flavor. Great for picnics (no mayo), potlucks and BBQs.
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Pesto Orzo and Vegetables

Super popular and healthy. A great accompaniment to fish or chicken or any vegetarian dish.

Pesto Orzo and Vegetables
pesto and vegetable orzo in a bowl with vine tomatoes beside bowl
A taste of summer, Pesto Orzo and Vegetables is a super flavorful, healthy dish with pesto, spinach, green beans and tomatoes. Ready in 20 minutes.
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Easy Creamed Spinach

As long as you have access to a microwave or stovetop for warming at your host’s home, creamed spinach is an easy side dish for potlucks.

Easy Creamed Spinach
Creamed Spinach in a serving bowl sitting on a plate f
Quick and easy creamed spinach, laced with onion and garlic, is one of the yummiest comfort side dishes ever. And super healthy. Make it as decadent or light as you like. 
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Grilled Sweet Potato Recipe

This dish is just as good served at room temperature as hot, making it a great potluck option.

BBQ Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Grilled Honey-Lime Sweet Potatoes, apples and green onins on a plate f
BBQ sweet potatoes with apples, scallions and honey-lime glaze is a delicious, vibrant, healthy side, served warm or room temperature. And a shortcut makes them quick and easy. 
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Vegetable Quinoa Stuffing

This is a great alternative to traditional stuffing. Vegetarian, healthy, ready in 30 minutes and easy to warm up in a microwave.

Vegetable Quinoa Stuffing
vegetable quinoa stuffing
You won't miss the bread in this delicious, super healthy, Vegetable Quinoa Stuffing.  It's a great alternative to a traditional stuffing, dressing or any side dish. And takes only 30 minutes to make.
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Cranberry Orange Relish

A refreshing and zesty change from cooked cranberry sauce. And yes, it only takes five minutes to make.

Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe (5 minutes)
Cranberry-Orange Relish in bowl and spoon over sliced turkey breast f
This sweet and tangy cranberry orange relish recipe is fast and easy with only 3 ingredients. A perfect accompaniment for turkey, chicken or pork.  No cooking needed.
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Easy Potluck Recipes: Desserts

Berry Crumble

End a big holiday or party meal with this no bake berry crumble. Just fresh berries with a nutty date-y topping. And maybe a dab of whipped cream or ice cream 🙂

Berry Crumble (No Bake)
Berry Crumble no-bake in a serving dish 2
If you're looking to serve something healthy and light and a few notches above plain berries, this no-bake Berry Crumble is the ticket. Fresh berries topped with a rich nut-date mixture (and whipped cream if you like) - ready in 10 minutes.
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Tropical Fruit Salad

Luscious. Silky. Refreshing.

Tropical Fruit Salad
Fruit Salad with kiwi manago papaya and orange juice in bowl
Make this vibrant tropical fruit salad as a gorgeous, refreshing ending to a meal or as an appetizer served in mini cups. Just 15 minutes prep time.
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Crispy Buttery Lace Cookies

Delicate cookies in just over 20 minutes that taste amazing? Yes!

Crispy Buttery Lace Cookies Recipe
Crispy Buttery Lace Cookies
These delicate, crispy, buttery Lace Cookies have been in our family for years. Ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for a tea, brunch, shower or dessert.
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Cinnamon Puff Pastry Rolls

Like mini flaky cinnamon rolls without the fuss.

Cinnamon Puff Pastry Rolls
several mini glazed cinnamon puff pastry rolls on plate f
Pop one of these mini cinnamon puff pastry rolls into your mouth for a buttery, flaky, sweet, cinnamon-y explosion. Easy, quick and yummy.
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Lime Glazed Easy Shortbread

We all know that shortbread cookies on their own are mouth watering. Add lime glaze and zest to take them to a new level.

Lime-Glazed Easy Shortbread Cookies
Lime-Glazed Shortbread Cookies (Shortcut). Buttery, flakey,melt in your mouth cookies with a burst of lime and sweetness.
It's hard to believe these buttery, zesty melt-in-your-mouth Lime-Glazed Easy Shortbread Cookies are made in 30 minutes with just 6 ingredients. Perfect for a tea, shower, potluck, or holiday cookie-exchange. And the perfect gift.
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3 Minute Creamy Chocolate Fudge

It doesn’t get much easier than this to satisfy your after dinner chocolate craving.

Easy Chocolate Fudge (3 minutes)
chocolate fudge pieces with nuts stacked on serving board f
Question: How do you make easy chocolate fudge? Better question: How do you make creamy, melt-in-your mouth, no-fail chocolate fudge with 3 ingredients, 3 steps in 3 minutes? Read on...
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Finally, a few tips on how to keep foods warm that might come in handy for your potluck recipes.

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