Favorite Easy Church Potluck Dishes and Recipes

Favorite Easy Church Potluck Recipes

Growing up in the south, church potlucks were a part of our regular routine. It didn’t even have to be a holiday or special occasion (which, of course, pretty much required a good potluck dinner or “dinner on the grounds”).

Potluck dinners were so much fun – lots of time to visit, catch up and share with people, getting to know each other better and enjoying community. Sometimes there would be games and music, too. And, of course, there was always plenty of desserts!

In case you haven’t been to a potluck dinner before (or haven’t taken a dish to one) and aren’t sure where to start, these favorite (mostly easy) dishes and recipes are the perfect place to start.

And at the end, we share a few hacks for easily transporting food for your potluck dinner.

 

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad recipe

Broccoli Grape Pasta Salad is a tremendous dish (plan to make-ahead the night before or earlier in the day since it needs to chill for 3 hours before serving) for a potluck.
It’s colorful and full of a wide variety of flavor with crumbled bacon, pecans, and a creamy red-wine dressing.

 

Crockpot Mexican or Spanish Rice recipe

Use the crockpot to dish up this delicious Mexican (or Spanish) Rice for a crowd (image by Practical Stewardship).
With only a few ingredients — some onion, peppers and tomatoes with broth, seasoning, and rice — you have an easy filling side dish.

 

Baked Spaghetti recipe

Baked Spaghetti is a wonderful dish for a potluck; this version is layered with cheesy goodness for a taste similar to lasagna (with a lot less work).

 

Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches

For these Mini Baked Ham Sandwiches — use Hawaiian rolls or packaged dinner rolls, cut open, seasoned with mustard
and Worcestershire sauce, layered with ham and Swiss cheese, baked to perfection. So yummy!

 

Mexican Layered Salad | Fabulous Dinner Ideas

Besides being beautifully colorful, this Mexican Layered Salad is also
easy to put together and easy to transport, as well as perfect for a crowd.

 

chocolate sheet cake, texas sheet cake

For dessert, a Chocolate Sheet Cake baked in a jelly-roll pan (feeds a decent crowd) and is topped while still warm with drizzly chocolate icing. It’s always a hit!

 

Quick Tips and Hacks for Transporting Dishes to and From a Potluck Dinner:

1. Place your crockpot into a laundry basket lined with towels to easily transport without making a mess.

2. When transporting dishes in foil pans, place same size foil pan on top of the one carrying your food, and clip them together with binder clips to secure.

3. Bring a frozen ice pack (or two) wrapped in towels and tuck them under your dish to keep it cold.

4. Use an insulated carrier, cooler or crockpot to keep food warm (or use heated bricks or ceramic tiles wrapped in towels)

 

Do you have fond memories of potluck dinners? What are your favorite potluck dishes (to eat or bring)? We look forward to hearing from you in the comments below.

And if your church or community group would like to collect recipes to share online, we’d love to help with your digital cookbook project so you can share recipes any time, any place.

Church Cookbook, Community Group Cookbook

Easy Winter Recipes

Easy Winter Recipes

 

There’s something so comforting about a home-cooked meal especially in the winter – you know, those days when you just want to bundle up, stay indoors (or come in after being outdoors) and warm up with comfort food in front of a cozy fireplace?

Sometimes if the winter drags on, though, it can be difficult to find the inspiration to get another meal on the table for everyone.

So we are jumping in with some of our favorite easy winter recipe ideas for your dinner table this week.

Winter Soup

This hearty soup is an easy crockpot or slow cooker meal with fresh vegetables and ground beef or turkey.
(Photo by Taste of Home)

Winter Soup by Taste of Home

1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups beef broth
14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 cup each of diced carrots, diced celery, and frozen green beans
1 cup diced potatoes
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon each dried basil, dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Cook beef (or turkey) with onion in a skillet over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add all ingredients with cooked ground meat into crock pot or slow cooker, and cook on High for 4 hours or Low for 8 hours until cooked through.

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew

I love the creamy texture of this dish; if you don’t want to cube the chicken before cooking (I don’t like to do that part), then just let it cook and pull it out before serving so you can chop it up a bit before putting back in the stew. Toss all the ingredients in the slow cooker for the day and serve over split biscuits for a hearty, comforting meal at the end of the day.

Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Stew recipe

2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cubed (or pull apart after cooking)
5 medium red potatoes, quartered or diced
8 oz. baby carrots, sliced or diced if desired
1 cup chopped celery
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
3 cubes chicken bouillon
1/2 teaspoon each garlic salt, celery salt
pepper to taste
8 oz. frozen mixed vegetables

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker, and cook on High for 5-6 hours. Serve over freshly baked biscuits for that pot pie flavor.

 

Beef Stroganoff Caserole

I like that this dish incorporates the flavors of beef stroganoff without requiring the long cook time generally needed to tenderize cuts of beef for a traditional stroganoff dish. This tasty casserole is made with ground beef, noodles and mushrooms in a creamy beef sauce and some mozzarella cheese thrown in for a cheesy twist.

ground beef stroganoff casserole, easy dinner recipes

1 pound wide egg noodles
1 cup chopped onion and 1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 tsp. dry thyme
8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
1 pound lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 cup beef broth
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
8 oz. sour cream
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; spray baking dish with cooking spray. Cook noodles according to package directions. In a skillet over medium heat, cook oil, onions, garlic and thyme for about 2 minutes; add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, then add beef and cook until it is no longer pink. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.

Add broth and Worcestershire sauce and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream, noodles, and half of mozzarella. Pour into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes; remove foil and bake 10 minutes more until lightly browned.

 

What comforting food dishes do you and your family enjoy especially in the winter time? Do you have some terrific ideas or tips to share? We love hearing your feedback and thoughts in the comments below. Leave us a note!

Other recipes you might enjoy:

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 10 Fabulous Soups You Will Fall in Love With

Our Favorite Fall Recipes

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