15 Potluck Recipes So Good They'll Make You Famous at Church

A serving of casserole layered between corn tortillas on a white plate
King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Photo: Chef John

The classic church potluck dinner is a rite of passage for many, but you have the opportunity to really shine; These recipes will stand out amid a sea of soupy casseroles and sad salads. In fact, they're so good, you may have fellow church members begging you to make them again and again. Soon, no dinner will be complete without your special dish.

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Shoepeg Corn Casserole

Shoepeg Corn Casserole
Jillian Kuhlmann

Corn casseroles are always good dishes for a picnic or potluck because they're so universally loved. "My family and I like this recipe very much," Allrecipes reviewer mirijam says. "I have made it several times and it has been a very nice addition to each meal. So far everyone who has tried it wants the recipe and I never have any left over, which makes my husband not happy!"

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King Ranch Chicken Casserole

A serving of casserole layered between corn tortillas on a white plate
King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Chef John

"From what I hear, it's impossible to go to any sort of potluck in Texas and not see one of these," says recipe creator Chef John. Indeed, the classic King Ranch casserole is great for group meals because it hits all the pleasing notes: creamy, filling, with a just-right bit of zesty spice.

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Authentic German Potato Salad

closeup of a serving of potato salad with chopped bacon and fresh parsley in a white ceramic bowl

Here's a potluck secret you should commit to memory: Whenever you can serve something that's instantly recognizable—but with a twist that no one will forget—you do should do that. Enter: German potato salad. Unlike creamy potato salad, this recipe has no mayo or sour cream. It's dressed in bacon grease for a silky finish. Yes, you read that correctly—bacon grease. Plus, who can resist the smoky flavors it imparts to each piece of spud?

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Church Supper Macaroni and Cheese

Church Supper Macaroni and Cheese
Sheila LaLonde

We're calling it now: There will be fights over this potluck-perfect macaroni and cheese. In fact, it's a dish that recipe creator garlic_in_a_windmill tried at church and loved from the first bite. "This simple but tasty recipe was given to me at a church supper in Terre Haute," they say. "The secret is to use a good-quality EXTRA-SHARP Cheddar cheese."

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Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole

Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole
My Hot Southern Mess

"This truly is the most delicious stuff," says recipe creator LETSGGGO. "A bit like a cross between corn soufflé and a slightly sweet corn pudding! Try it, I know you will love the ease of preparation and especially the taste. Everyone always wants the recipe!" If you're preparing for a bigger crowd, you can double the recipes and bake the casserole in a 9x13-inch baking dish. It'll need almost the same amount of time for baking, too.

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Country Style Green Beans with Red Potatoes

Country Style Green Beans with Red Potatoes

"These green beans and potatoes are a spectacular dish. I have been making them for years in large quantities for special events at my church," says recipe creator FAYE2696. "The smoked turkey tails make an excellent broth that is seasoned beyond words. Let the meat cook until it falls off the bone for the ultimate flavor, at least two hours."

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Classic Macaroni Salad

an overhead, close up view of a large bowl of classic macaroni salad
Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Grocery stores make decent versions of many potluck staples, pasta salads included. You, however, aren't one to put out a pre-made option when you can make a homemade version that will beat the socks off any grocery store alternative. This macaroni salad has everything you expect: tangy with a little hint of sweet, and crunchy bits of vegetables with tender pasta. It's unforgettable, and you'll see why after one bite.

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Zesty Quinoa Salad

Zesty Quinoa Salad

This light and refreshing quinoa salad will be different from most anything else on the potluck table, which is why you need it to be uniquely delicious. Cooked quinoa is tossed in a simple dressing of lemon juice, crushed red pepper, olive oil, and cumin. Black beans are added for heft. Make extra dressing if this is going to sit a while, as quinoa soaks up liquids in storage.

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Awesome Broccoli-Cheese Casserole

Awesome Broccoli-Cheese Casserole in casserole dish
Amanda Vestal

Now this is one way to get the guests at the church potluck to eat some veggies. This cheesy broccoli casserole will please kids, teens, and all the other diners. Recipe creator Stacy M. Polcyn recommends you use sharp Cheddar cheese for the best flavor.

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Loaded Bacon, Cheddar, and Ranch Potatoes

Potluck respect is earned in whispered recommendations and hurried trips to the table for second and third helpings. In that case, be prepared for a lot of love to come your way when diners taste this classic potluck dish. "Best potatoes you will ever make, guaranteed!" says recipe creator Barbi. "This recipe feeds a lot of people. I took it to a potluck and the pan came home licked clean, literally!"

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Breaded Chicken Fingers

Breaded Chicken Fingers

Kids and adults alike will be thankful for chicken tenders amid the platters of roast and barbecue. These, however, will be much more flavorful than any from a bag or drive-thru. "This recipe is definitely a KEEPER!!" says Allrecipes reviewer maryrose91. "We've had store-bought chicken strips and these are by far a step above!"

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Honey Glazed Ham

Baked glazed ham on a white plate

"This ham tastes very much like the famous honey baked ham but costs much less," says recipe creator Colleen B. Smith. To make slicing and serving a crowd easier, buy the pre-sliced ham. You can start this ham while you're finishing up your other potluck dish contributions.

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Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Creamy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Rebekah Rose Hills

All the flavors of classic chicken Cordon Bleu, but without the hassle of stuffing individual breasts. The richness of ham balances the tang of Swiss cheese and sour cream. If you don't have egg noodles, try elbows, or even penne.

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Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes
Allrecipes Photo

Lastly, no church potluck is complete without the spread of desserts that draws people like bees to a beautiful flower. However, think ahead for diners and offer them single-serve dessert options like these bright and zesty cupcakes. This way, no one is trying to cut slices off a layered cake or scooping out big helpings of trifles and cobblers.

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Mini Cheesecakes

Mini Cheesecakes I

Individual cheesecake bites are easy for a crowd to pick up and carry, preventing a clog in the dessert line. You can make multiple recipes and use different pie filling so you can have a variety.

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