Easy Summer Potluck Recipes that are perfect for end of the summer parties!
I know it seems like summer just got here but we’re already at the end of July and next month is going to be all about last minute summer vacations, back to school shopping, and squeezing in a few more summer cookouts. I don’t know how you do it but when we have people over for a cookout it’s potluck-style. I do some grilling and our friends all bring a dish of their own. I love it because it means I get to taste all sorts of food without having to make it all myself. Today I’m sharing some tips for a fun End of Summer party including my favorite potluck recipes!
I think my #1 tip for a great potluck dish is to use a slow cooker. Slow cookers are awesome for potlucks because you can make your food ahead of time, you don’t have to worry about your dish getting cold, and you can make so many awesome recipes with them! Just look at these Slow Cooker Pineapple Brown Sugar Meatballs, they are sweet and savory and absolutely delicious.
Who doesn’t like chili? It’s awesome on hot dogs and hamburgers or just served in a bowl with some cheese and sour cream. This Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili is great for parties because you bring it in your slow cooker and leave it out on the table for people to enjoy all day.
Don’t forget the baked beans! These Slow Cooker Bourbon Baked Beans will go perfectly with whatever is being cooked up on the grill and with the slow cooker you can keep them warm all afternoon.
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These cheesy Chicken Parmesan Sliders are one of my personal favorites. I’ve taken these little bites of goodness to a lot of parties this summer and they have been a huge hit. I suggest making them ahead of time and popping them in the oven when you get to your friend’s house but if you can’t do that just cook them before you leave the house. They will probably be gone before they have time to cool down!
Everything doesn’t need to be served hot. If you don’t want to worry about keeping something warm for a potluck go with something that is served cold or room temperature. This Tex-Mex Coleslaw can be made the night before. Just put it in a resealable container and keep it in the refrigerator. Friends and family are going to love the extra kick of the jalapeno and the creamy ranch dressing.
Deviled eggs are always a hit at a potluck and they are so easy to make. Surprise everyone with something a little spicier than your traditional deviled eggs recipe. These Bacon, Sriracha, Avocado Deviled Eggs are amazing. Creamy, salty, spicy…yum! Don’t expect to have any leftovers.
This simple Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad is almost a meal all on it’s own! Bacon, chicken, veggies, cheese…It has just about everything you could want in a salad and it’s pretty to look at too.
Use up the last of your summer tomatoes and basil and bring this Tomato Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Reduction. This simple presentation is stunning and the flavors are fresh and delicious.
Don’t think for a minute that I forgot about dessert. For a successful potluck stick with simple dessert recipes like this Summer Fruit Salsa. You not only have to make a recipe and have it hold up all day long but you have to actually get it to the party. Skip frozen desserts and go with something that can be left out on the table for people to enjoy throughout the day. This Summer Fruit Salsa is even better the next day so go ahead and make it ahead of time!
Who wouldn’t love this Blueberry Peach Slab Pie? Sweet summer peaches and blueberries baked into a flaky pie crust. The awesome thing about a slab pie is it is baked right on a baking sheet. Super simple and it feeds more people. Perfect for an end of summer party!
And because this is all about the end of summer and ushering in fall these easy S’mores Cups would be just the right thing. Sugar cookie cups filled with chocolate ganache and topped with toasted marshmallow cream. Better save a few for yourself because they are going to go fast.
Last but certainly not least this creamy, dreamy No Bake Lemon Meringue Dip. Fold some lemon curd with whipped cream and top it with toasted meringue and you’ve got yourself a winner! Serve it with some graham crackers or wafer cookies and it is just like lemon meringue pie without all the work.
That’s it. I hope I’ve inspired you for your next summer potluck party! Don’t forget to take advantage of the sale going on at BJ’s Wholesale Club. They have a $2 off coupon for Chinet® Classic White™ All Occasion plates in BJ’s Big Brand Mailer. You can find a store HERE.