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25 Old-Fashioned Church Potluck Recipes

Try one of these church potluck ideas, you're sure to come home with an empty dish!

By: Emily Racette, Editor, AllFreeCasseroleRecipes.com
Updated September 26, 2018
Old-Fashioned Church Potluck Recipes

After church, it's quite common to stay gathered together with friends and family. People aren't ready to leave each other's company just yet. What better way to stay connected than when around a dinner table - or any kind of food table. These 25 Old-Fashioned Church Potluck Recipes are great to serve after church because they are easy to make and can serve a crowd. With good food and good company, the hours disappear quickly. Plus, old-fashioned recipes make for delicious meals and even greater connections.

Below, you'll find main dish, side dish, and dessert potluck recipes. The main dishes include a fun meatball casserole, southern favorites, a Mexican-inspired dish, and more. If the potluck isn't crowded, people will be coming back for seconds, and possibly thirds. To accompany these meaty main dishes, you'll find corn casseroles, beans, cabbage casseroles, and, of course, potato casseroles. There's even a "lighter" potato casserole if you are watching your weight.

Finally, a church potluck wouldn't be complete without a little something sweet. Whether you like desserts with fruit or chocolate, you'll find something below that will satisfy your sweet tooth. So, without further ado, here are our 25 Old-Fashioned Church Potluck Recipes.

Main Dish Potluck Recipes

Here are the stars of the show. From a meatball casserole to a pizza casserole, these dishes are sure to amaze your taste buds. All different types of dishes make up the spread at a potluck, but the main dishes are always the main event. 

  • Meatball Sub Casserole

    Meatball subs are delicious, but can be difficult to serve to a crowd. Frozen meatballs and jarred pasta sauce makes this casserole so easy to prepare! The next time you need a quick and delicious dish to pass, return to this recipe.

  • New Taco Casserole

    This ground beef casserole is an easy alternative to traditional tacos. This recipe also includes black beans and fire roasted tomatoes as well as a garnish of black olives and jalapenos. Serve this with tortilla chips for a complete meal!

  • Hot Chicken Salad

    For an '80s-inspired vintage meal, try this unique chicken casserole recipe. While it's not actually chicken salad, it is inspired by the flavors of the deli classic. The crunchy corn flake and almond topping makes this recipe even more delicious.

  • Southwestern Casserole

    Ground turkey and green chilies are just a few of the healthy and delicious ingredients in this Tex-Mex casserole. This recipe is loaded with tasty ingredients and the leftovers taste great when they're wrapped up in a tortilla!

  • Cabbage "Roll" Casserole

    If you'd like to bring cabbage rolls to your next church potluck but you're short on time, this is a great alternative. The ground beef is the only thing that needs to be precooked since the rice and cabbage cook in the casserole!

  • Bubbling Pizza Casserole

    Ordering pizza is always a safe bet when feeding a crowd, but it's even better to make it yourself. The crust is made from a simple herbed Bisquick dough. If you bring this to a potluck, friends will be asking you to make this for every event.

  • Beef Casserole with Cheesy Cornbread Topping

    People who often eat chili with cornbread on the side will love this casserole! The chili is topped with a recipe that's similar to a corn casserole. This recipe makes a wonderfully comforting meal that is hearty enough to serve a crowd.

  • Beef and Blue Cheese Sliders

    Shredded beef and bleu cheese is the secret to these delicious sliders. If you are making this for an event, cook the roast the day before and assemble the sliders the day of. Even those who don't like bleu cheese might be won over!

  • Mac and Cheese with Ham and Peas

    Homemade mac is cheese is always welcome at potlucks, but when you add ham, peas and breadcrumbs, it becomes a complete meal. This is a great comfort food recipe to keep on hand!

Side Dish Potluck Recipes

Side dishes shine at potlucks. Potato, corn, broccoli casserole, anyone? Yes, please! Side dish recipes are just as important as the main dish when it comes to a potluck. We've included classic recipes like potato casseroles and dishes with broccoli, as well as some unique recipes like cabbage casserole and broccoli cornbread. 

  • Southern Baked Corn Casserole

    Even if you normally make the quick Jiffy version, this homemade corn casserole is worth the extra effort. To add some more zesty flavor, you can also add diced jalapeno or bell pepper. Plus this recipe is Test Kitchen approved!

  • Creamy Baked Cabbage

    Not only is this an elegant and delicious side, it's also budget-friendly! A rich sauce made from cream and white wine make this casserole so satisfying. Garlic and onions are the perfect complement to the creamy cabbage.

  • Bacon and Potato Bake

    Hash browns, cheese, and plenty of crispy bacon make this an extra special side dish. This casserole would be great for any meal! Take this along to a breakfast, lunch, or dinner potluck and you'll come home with an empty dish.

  • Delicious Baked Beans

    This recipe jazzes up a few cans of beans with bacon, brown sugar, and onion. This is a great recipe to have on hand no matter the season! The next time you need a new potluck recipe, give this bean recipe a try.

  • Lighter Potato Casserole

    You've never had a potato casserole like this! While this recipe indulges in a topping of French fried onions, it makes some healthy swaps by including cauliflower and Greek yogurt. No one will ever guess that there's cauliflower in this recipe!

  • Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

    Mashed potatoes would be difficult to take to a potluck, so this recipe is a lifesaver. Creamy mashed potatoes are topped with shredded cheese and bacon before they're baked in the oven. Who can resist cheesy mashed potatoes!

  • Broccoli Cheese Cornbread Casserole

    This unique side dish has a deliciously moist texture that no one will be able to resist. Broccoli, cheese, and cornbread mix are the main ingredients in this special casserole recipe. You can even add ham to this recipe!

  • Dad's Favorite Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

    Rice, broccoli, cheese, and canned soup combine perfectly in this easy and satisfying side dish. This easy recipe is easy to make and also tastes great left over. This recipe would be great for both family dinners and potlucks.

Dessert Recipes for Potlucks

We saved the best for last; at least, the sweetest for last. Take your pick from fruity desserts, chocolate decadence, or a classic Southern treat. Choosing from this collection will prevent everyone from bringing brownies, because after all, variety is the spice of life.

  • Snickerdoodle Cookie Bars

    If you like snickerdoodle cookies, you'll love these easy dessert bars. Pink cream cheese frosting and sprinkles add a festive touch to this fun dessert. Plus, they are so easy to serve at a potluck since you just slice them in the pan!

  • Pie Crust Peach Cobbler

    This is a great shortcut peach cobbler because it uses canned peaches and store-bought pie crust. Thanks to these simple ingredients, you'll be enjoying a homemade pie crust in no time at all! Serve this with vanilla ice cream for the perfect treat.

  • Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars

    These cookie bars are filled with mini peanut butter cups, so they are bursting with chocolaty goodness. However, you can easily subsitute pieces of another type of candy if that's what you have on hand. 

  • 4-Ingredient Chocolate Dump Cake

    Even if you get a last-minute invite to a potluck, you'll be able to whip up this dessert. Chocolate cake mix, pudding mix, and chocolate chips make this an incredibly rich and decadent dessert. No one will be able to resist this dump cake!

  • Key Lime Crumble

    For something that's a little different, give these key lime bars a try. If you don't have access to key limes, any variety of lime will work for this recipe. After one bite of these bars, everyone will be demanding the recipe!

  • Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

    Bread pudding is a classic dessert that is always received well, so this recipe is a great choice. The homemade whiskey sauce can be served on the side, but it adds wonderful flavor to this old-fashioned dessert.

  • Popcorn Crunch Cookie Bars

    This unique dessert recipe is sure to wow everyone at the potluck! Chopped caramel popcorn gives these bars a delightful crunch that is completely unexpected. If you like sweet and salty desserts, these bars will be a hit.

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I should send these recipes to my mom! Our church does a potluck before the youth group leaves on their summer mission trip. Any of these recipes are sure to be a hit!

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