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35 Dishes That Will Impress the Ladies of the Church Cookbook Committee

These are the recipes that'll make everyone at the potluck sing your praises.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Slider BakeTaste of Home

Bacon Cheeseburger Slider Bake

I created this dish to fill two pans because these cheeseburger sliders disappear fast. Just cut the slider burgers recipe in half if you only want to make one batch. Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Makeover Fruit PizzaTaste of Home

Makeover Fruit Pizza

Theres nothing better than a guilt-free dessert, especially when its topped with refreshing and colorful fruit. We skimmed the calories and fat from a traditional fruit pizza to create one with about half the calories, fat and cholesterol. Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Southwestern Pulled Pork CrostiniTaste of Home

Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

As a different take on crostini, these apps are great for tailgating and casual parties. Randy Cartwright, Linden, Wisconsin

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Cranberry Sauerkraut  MeatballsTaste of Home

Cranberry Sauerkraut Meatballs

I tried these meatballs at a birthday party for a friend, and now I make them all the time. They are super easy to make and perfect for a potluck or a Sunday afternoon football game. Lisa Castelli, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Peanut Butter Brownie TrifleTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle

This rich, tempting, peanut butter brownie trifle feeds a crowd and features the ever-popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Try this dessert for your next get-together. Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

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Creamy Hash Brown PotatoesTaste of Home

Creamy Hash Brown Potatoes

Convenient frozen hash browns are the secret behind the cheesy slow-cooker potatoes I cook up for potlucks and big group gatherings. Julianne Henson, Streamwood, Illinois

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Chili Cornbread SaladTaste of Home

Chili Cornbread Salad

A co-worker brought this wonderful dish to a potluck several years ago. She had copies of the recipe next to the pan. Now I make it for get-togethers and also supply copies of the recipe. I never have any leftover salad or recipes. Kelly Newsom, Jenks, Oklahoma

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Strawberry Pretzel DessertTaste of Home

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

Need to bring a dish to pass this weekend? This make-ahead strawberry pretzel salad will disappear quickly at any potluck. Aldene Belch, Flint, Michigan

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Cheesy Corn Spoon BreadTaste of Home

Cheesy Corn Spoon Bread

Homey and comforting, this custard-like side dish is a much-requested recipe at potlucks and holiday dinners. The jalapeno pepper adds just the right bite. Second helpings of this tasty casserole are commonleftovers aren't. Katherine Franklin, Carbondale, Illinois

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Lemon Yeast PuffsTaste of Home

Lemon Yeast Puffs

The lemon flavor in these yeast muffins makes them unique. My husband is a minister, and we're invited to many potlucks. People love these muffins.

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Hot Cheese DipTaste of Home

Hot Cheese Dip

When a colleague brought this cheesy dip to school for a teachers potluck, I immediately gave it an A+. I had to have the recipe for this irresistibly creamy dish! Ardyce Piehl, Poynette, Wisconsin

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Peanut Butter Brownie BitesTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

I used to make these brownie bites with a cherry in the center. Then I discovered that my granddaughter Lily is big on peanut butter, so I switched it up. Now she loves to help me make them. Donna McGinnis, Taylor Ridge, Illinois

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Hash Brown Broccoli BakeTaste of Home

Hash Brown Broccoli Bake

Here's a perfect dish for a potluck or holiday buffet. It goes well with fish, poultry, pork or beef. Cheddar cheese can be substituted for Swiss. Often, I double the recipe to serve a crowd. Jeanette Volker, Walton, Nebraska

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Buttermilk Cake with Caramel IcingTaste of Home

Buttermilk Cake with Caramel Icing

This fabulous cake and caramel frosting are so tender, it melts in your mouth. It's been a family favorite since the '70s and it goes over really well at church potluck meals. Anna Jean Allen, West Liberty, Kentucky

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Honey Whole Wheat Pan RollsTaste of Home

Honey Whole Wheat Pan Rolls

With their pleasant wheat flavor and a honey of a glaze, these rolls impress my guests. Every time I take them to potluck dinners, I come home with an empty pan. Nancye Thompson, Paducah, Kentucky

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Southwestern Egg RollsTaste of Home

Southwestern Egg Rolls

At my church potluck, these crispy, spicy snacks went fast thanks to a triple kick from hot Italian sausage, Mexicorn and chilies. Add a little cool with sour cream and guacamole if you like. Jacqueline Bower, Washington, Iowa

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Turtle Praline TartTaste of Home

Turtle Praline Tart

This rich dessert is my own creation, and I'm very proud of it. It's easy enough to make for everyday meals but special enough to serve guests or take to a potluck. Kathy Specht, Clinton, Montana

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Breakfast Sausage BreadTaste of Home

Breakfast Sausage Bread

Any time we take this savory, satisfying bread to a potluck, it goes over very well. We never bring any home. My husband generally makes this bread and prides himself on the beautiful golden loaves.-Shirley Caldwell, Northwood, Ohio

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Favorite Chicken PotpieTaste of Home

Favorite Chicken Potpie

Chock-full of chicken, potatoes, peas and corn, this recipe makes two golden pies, so you can serve one at supper and save the other for a busy night. This is the best chicken potpie recipe to have on hand when company comes over. Karen Johnson, Bakersfield, California

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Peanut Butter Pie CookiesTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Pie Cookies

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but my favoritepeanut butter pieis tough to eat on the go. I dreamed up these cookies to get my favorite flavor combo in a bite-size package. They can be made ahead and taken to any holiday gathering. Ashley Moyna, Elkader, Iowa

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is the best buffalo chicken dip recipe! Whenever I bring buffalo dip to a tailgate or potluck, everyone asks for the recipe. Peggy Foster, Florence, Kentucky

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Potluck Antipasto Pasta SaladTaste of Home

Potluck Antipasto Pasta Salad

I love trying new recipes, and this one for Italian pasta salad tops all other varieties I've tried. With beans, cheese, sausage and vegetables, it's a hearty complement to any meal. Bernadette Nelson, Arcadia, California

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Peanut Butter Icebox DessertTaste of Home

Peanut Butter Icebox Dessert

Leftover crushed cookies create the yummy crust for this crowd-pleasing dessert from Nancy Mueller of Bloomington, Minnesota. It's covered with a smooth cream cheese mixture, chocolate pudding and whipped topping for a lovely layered look.

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Chicken Salad Party SandwichesTaste of Home

Chicken Salad Party Sandwiches

My famous chicken salad arrives at the party chilled in a plastic container. When its time to set out the food, I stir in the pecans and assemble the sandwiches. Theyre a hit at buffet-style potlucks. Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken WingsTaste of Home

Sweet 'n' Tangy Chicken Wings

I love the convenience of slow-cooker recipes for get-togethers. Start these wings a few hours ahead of time and you'll have fantastic appetizers ready when your guests arrive. Ida Tuey, South Lyon, Michigan

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Slow-Cooked Turkey SandwichesTaste of Home

Slow-Cooked Turkey Sandwiches

These sandwiches have been such a hit at office potlucks that I keep copies of the recipe in my desk to hand out. Diane Twait Nelsen, Ringsted, Iowa

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Makeover Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Makeover Deviled Eggs

This updated version of a classic appetizer uses only half the egg yolks of the original recipe and calls for soft bread crumbs to help firm up the filling. We replaced the mayo with fat-free mayonnaise and reduced-fat sour cream. Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Streuseled Zucchini Bundt CakeTaste of Home

Streuseled Zucchini Bundt Cake

Inspired by an abundance of zucchini, I found a new way to use it up in this spiced and lightly sweet cake. It even won a blue ribbon at our county fair! Regina Stock, Topeka, Kansas

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Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese BitesTaste of Home

Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Bites

In this vegetarian Buffalo-style appetizer, macaroni and cheese get heated up with Louisiana-style hot sauce, then breaded and baked. These tasty nibbles are served with blue cheese dressing. Ann Donnay, Milton, Massachusetts

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Shrimp Salad AppetizersTaste of Home

Shrimp Salad Appetizers

This refreshing hors d'oeuvre has gained a big following since a friend shared her family recipe with me. My son says it best: The celery and shrimp are so good together. Solie Kimble, Kanata, Ontario

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Yogurt Yeast RollsTaste of Home

Yogurt Yeast Rolls

People tend to snap up these fluffy, golden rolls, in a hurry whenever I take them to a potluck. It's a nice contribution since rolls are easy to transport, and one batch goes a long way. Carol Forcum, Marion, Illinois

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Spicy Nacho BakeTaste of Home

Spicy Nacho Bake

I made this hearty, layered Southwestern casserole for a dinner meeting once, and now, I'm asked to bring it every time we have a potluck. Everybody loves the ground beef and bean filling, and crunchy, cheesy topping. Anita Wilson, Mansfield, Ohio

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Cherry ChewbileesTaste of Home

Cherry Chewbilees

This is a good dish to carry to potlucks and parties. It's a hit at home, too - my husband rates it as one of his favorite desserts. Debbi Smith, Crossett, Arkansas

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Italian Fresh Vegetable SaladTaste of Home

Italian Fresh Vegetable Salad

Garden-fresh veggies are a hit at community potlucks. I carry the dressing in a mason jar to add just before serving. Jeanette Hildebrand, Stafford, Kansas

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Partytime BeansTaste of Home

Partytime Beans

A friend brought this colorful bean dish to my house for a church circle potluck dinner. As soon as I tasted the slightly sweet slow-cooked beans, I had to have the recipe. I've served the beans and shared the recipe many times since. Jean Cantner, Boston, Virginia

Laurie Dixon
Having a passion for writing her whole life, Laurie joined the Taste of Home team to bring together her two favorite things—creative writing and food. She spends most of her time playing with her dog, drafting up short stories and, of course, trying out new recipes.

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