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Memorial Day Potluck Recipes

See our best recipes for potluck side dishes, potluck desserts, casseroles, potluck salads, grilled main dishes and more for your Memorial Day potluck.
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

    Prep juicy, tender pulled pork in your slow cooker. Low-calorie barbecue sauce and whole wheat buns help make this a healthier potluck option.

    BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Rhubarb Baked Beans

    Rhubarb Baked Beans

    No one at the barbecue or potluck will believe it when you confess the secret ingredient in these sweet-and-savory baked beans. In addition to rhubarb, powdered ginger and bacon add big-time flavor.

    Rhubarb Baked Beans

  • Roasted Tomato Pasta with Mozzarella

    Red and yellow cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, and plenty of herbs and spices add color and flavor to this bountiful pasta salad. Sprinkle fresh basil on top.

  • Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

    Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

    Fresh herbs season this ridiculously simple spread from BelGioioso Cheese in Wisconsin. It keeps well in the fridge and is delicious with cherry tomatoes or other vegetable dippers, as well as crackers or baguette slices.

    Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

  • Fresh Taco Salad

    Cilantro Ranch Dressing tops a flavorful blend of jicama, multigrain tortilla chips, avocado, black beans, queso fresco and greens. 

  • Citrus-Berry Tart

    Citrus-Berry Tart

    A crisp shortbread crust holds orange pastry cream in this recipe from Allison Gnade and Thomas Agran of Burrowing Owl Bakery, who have established themselves as a fixture at Iowa City's downtown farmers market. They would scatter the berries casually on top, but we couldn't resist stripes.

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  • Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

    This comfort food hotdish offers a new twist on the usual hash brown casserole. Try it for everyday meals as well as potlucks!

    Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

  • Grilled Sirloin Kabobs with Zesty Top City Sauce

    Joann Gough-Stallbaumer of Topeka uses Kansas top sirloin steak and a horseradish-mayo dipping sauce in her prizewinning recipe.

    Grilled Sirloin Kabobs with Zesty Top City Sauce

  • Berry Trifle

    Berry Trifle

    Mix buttery pound cake, creamy vanilla pudding, soft cream cheese, and fresh berries for a rich comfort-food dessert. To trim calories, try making it with angel food cake, fat-free pudding, and low-fat or fat-free cream cheese.

    Berry Trifle

  • Juicy Lucy Burger

    Southside Minneapolis is home to this three-napkin burger famous for its molten cheese center. Both Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club claim its creation. No matter the lineage, it's burgerlicious.

    Juicy Lucy Burger

  • Creamy Spinach-Basil Pasta Salad

    Creamy Spinach-Basil Pasta Salad

    Fresh basil in the dressing lends a hint of pesto-inspired sophistication to this mayo-rich pasta salad.

    Creamy Spinach-Basil Pasta Salad

  • Mississippi Corn Bread Salad

    Layers of corn bread, bacon and veggies ensure a flavor-packed salad that adds plenty of color to a potluck table.

    Mississippi Corn Bread Salad

  • Red, White and Blue Parfaits

    Red, White and Blue Parfaits

    Pour a syrup of honey, sugar and crystallized ginger over blueberries, watermelon, and strawberries, then top with a swirl of sweetened whipped cream and a fruit star for a pretty—and patriotic—finish.

    Red, White and Blue Parfaits

  • Creamy Potato Casserole

    A little chopped ham, wedges of potatoes and a cream cheese-Gruyère sauce fill this comfort food casserole. Crushed bagel chips make a crunchy topping.

    Creamy Potato Casserole

  • Ribs made easy

    Ribs made easy

    When we say easy, we mean it! With our foolproof technique, you don't need fancy gear or secret spices. See our "Ribs Made Easy" story for step-by-step instructions, and check out our recipes for All-Purpose Rib Rub and Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

    Ribs Made Easy

    All-Purpose Rib Rub

    Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • Bonanza Bean Dip

    Lime- and jalapeño-spiced guacamole adds a kick to layers of refried beans, cheese, tomatoes and onions. Serve seasoned tortilla chips on the side.

    Bonanza Bean Dip

  • Creamy Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

    Sour cream, prepared horseradish and a splash of lemon juice spice up traditional mashed potatoes. 

    Creamy Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

  • Fudge Brownies

    The key to a perfect homemade brownie is not overcooking it. Rather than a toothpick test, trust your eyes and nose to tell you when the brownie is set. The center will stay ever-so-slightly moist.

    Fudge Brownies

  • Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Seeds

    Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Seeds

    We gave this popular veggie a new twist with a hint of ginger, some kick from black pepper and a finish of nutty sesame oil and seeds.

    Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame Seeds

  • Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay

    Although it sounds like it would be burn-your-mouth-hot, the five-spice powder in this fall comfort food is actually a mild blend that commonly consists of star anise, anise seed, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.

    Chinese Five-Spice Marinated Pork Satay

  • Grandma's Potato Salad

    This sweet, radish-studded potato salad recipe was handed down from a Cosmos, Minnesota, grandmother to her twin granddaughters.

    Grandma's Potato Salad

  • Tropical Tomato Salsa

    Tropical Tomato Salsa

    Try this sweet, colorful salsa with chips, fish or chicken, and feel free to switch the mango or melon for other summer fruits.

    Tropical Tomato Salsa

  • Cherry-Berry Shortcake Stars

    Cherry-Berry Shortcake Stars

    Tossing the cherries and blueberries with a little sugar draws out the juices. The sweet syrup is a perfect complement to the flaky, sconelike shortcakes. The dough for these shortcakes will be sticky. To easily cut out the star shapes, dip the cutter in flour between each cut.

    Cherry-Berry Shortcake Stars 

  • Sesame Grilled Chicken

    Sesame Grilled Chicken

    A lively ginger marinade flavors chicken pieces on their way to the grill. The recipe is a backyard favorite of Linda Taylor of West Des Moines, Iowa.

    Sesame Grilled Chicken

  • Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

    Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

    Flax seed meal, wheat germ, dark chocolate and dried cranberries bring a healthy touch to this drop cookie recipe.

    Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

  • Oriental Coleslaw

    Oriental Coleslaw

    Uncooked ramen noodles, almonds and sunflower kernels add crunch to this salad from a Dubuque, Iowa, reader. It was one of the winners in a Eskuvoizenekarok® potluck recipe contest. 

    Oriental Coleslaw

  • House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese

    House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese

    Top burgers with a spoonful of homemade pimiento cheese, or stuff the burgers with cheese before grilling. The recipe also gives an alternative for grinding your own burgers from hanger steaks.

    House-Made Burger with Pimiento Cheese

  • Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes

    Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes

    Michigan's fruit belt inspired our Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes. We played up the sweet cherries grown in the Great Lakes State, along with blueberries and raspberries. A shortcake biscuit base and sweetened whipped cream complete the dessert.

    Cherry-Berry Rich Shortcakes

  • Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

    Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

    Sesame seeds, ramen noodles, soy sauce, ginger and fresh broccoli give Asian flair to cole slaw.

    Crunchy Asian Noodle Slaw

  • Firecracker-Red Cupcakes with Coconut Filling

    A red, white and blue dessert stars at any summer potluck. Red velvet cake mix makes our moist and gooey Firecracker-Red Cupcakes extra easy to prepare.

    Firecracker-Red Cupcakes with Coconut Filling

  • Hash Brown Casserole

    Here's a somewhat lightened version of a popular potato casserole recipe that's great for brunch, dinner or a potluck.

    Hash Brown Casserole

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  • Caramel Heavenlies

    Graham crackers form the base for this bar cookie with layers of marshmallows, brown sugar, almonds and coconut. "I've made these cookies since 1984," says Georgine Simmonds of Genesee, Michigan. "They're one of my family's favorites."

    Caramel Heavenlies

  • Sunny Broccoli Salad

    Sunny Broccoli Salad

    A Cleveland reader makes this potluck salad the day ahead and refrigerates the dressing and vegetables separately. When it's time to serve it, she tosses everything together. Bacon, sunflower kernels and raisins make a crunchy and flavorful side dish.

    Sunny Broccoli Salad

  • Sassy Baked Beans

    Mix and match different kinds of beans and meat to suit your preferences. Our smoky-sweet baked beans will beat canned beans every time!

    Sassy Baked Beans

  • Jen’s White Burger

    Jen's White Burger

    This sandwich looks a bit plain, but appearances can be deceiving. It's packed with flavor. Mustard, herbs and lemon zest season the meat, which is topped with wine-poached pears, sharp cheddar and pepper jelly. The recipe comes from Jen Smallwood of Portsmouth, Virginia.

    Jen’s White Burger

  • Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Peanut Cracker-Stack Bars

    Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Peanut Cracker-Stack Bars

    These fantastic potluck bars come from Patrice Hurd of Bemidji, Minnesota. She won the grand prize in our 2012 Best of the Midwest® Recipe Contest. Patrice says they're a twist on her grandmother’s cracker bars. They cut beautifully and brim with salty-sweet-nutty-chocolately flavor.

    Salted Caramel, Chocolate and Peanut Cracker-Stack Bars

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