If you’re like me and suck at cooking no matter what you do, group potluck dinners are the worst! Who knows what to bring when you know you can fail at just anything. Bringing pasta made from the jars is so embarrassing when all your friends and family act like they’re gourmet chefs! Potluck dinners are a great way to catch up or have a reunion and you know you absolutely have to impress your friends and family with the best dish possible. There are only so many variations you can make of spaghetti so here are our best (and most importantly, easiest!) potluck recipes to bring to any group dinner that’ll really wow them.
1. Baked Sausage And Cheese Rigatoni
We’re all sick of bringing spaghetti or lasagna but that doesn’t mean it’s still delicious. This baked sausage and cheese rigatoni is a great alternative when you still love pasta but are so sick of cooking the basic recipes that you always bring. With such an easy recipe, there isn’t any way of getting it wrong either. Make the pasta, make the sauce, throw it in a casserole pan, top it off with cheese and bake! There’s no way you can mess that up right?
2. Caramelized Shiitake Mushroom Risotto
Another completely different pasta alternative is risotto! This caramelized shiitake mushroom risotto is a reliable dish to bring when you need to feed everyone, meat eaters and vegetarians included. What isn’t to love, it looks so fancy with low effort. Anyone can feel like a head chef with this simple recipe, making it loved by not only the people eating it but also you as the chef!
3. Easy Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
When you want to be the main dish without being the main dish, this decadent easy creamy au gratin potatoes recipe will definitely do the trick. It’s creamy, it’s delicious, and who doesn’t love potatoes. I don’t know what can possibly go wrong here. It has so few ingredients and honestly the hardest part is just slicing the potatoes. Slice it up or serve it with a massive spoon, people will be coming back for seconds before you know it.
4. No Bake Butterscotch Pie
Moving onto dessert! If baking isn’t your thing, don’t worry, not all recipes need it, especially not this no bake butterscotch pie. Especially when you’re visiting home or celebrating festivities from afar, this pie will make you feel nostalgic all over again. Like a pie, it’s easily served and distributed without you worrying about where it goes or who eats it. Whether you’re a lover of chocolate or fruit, this potluck recipe is a big fat crowd-pleaser that’ll satisfy them all.
5. Summer Berry Trifle
In the hotter seasons, it’s always hard to enjoy the simple scoop of ice-cream without it melting all over the place so this summer berry trifle will do just the trick. It’s fresh, sweet, and easy to love! For the sweet tooth or for those who aren’t fruit is an easy way to appeal to them all. Besides, no matter how you plate it, it’ll look beautiful with all the colours so even if you don’t have an eye for aesthetics, a potluck recipe like this will draw in all the eyes.
6. Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bar
Do they like cheesecake? Or would they prefer cookies? No problem with that, this chocolate chip cheesecake bar will solve both problems. If you’re travelling there, you don’t want to worry about plating up a beautiful piece to wow your audience, just cut these up and pack them in a box to go! All the hands will be reaching in to grab a bite. This baby can be made from scratch easily, including the dough, so you can go around telling your friends and family it’s completely self-made by you. That’ll really surprise them with such a delicious dessert.