Kick off the party with this recipe for cool guacamole and smokey cumin chips. If you like your guacamole a little spicy, add a few shakes of hot sauce, or leave in a few of the seeds from the jalapeño.
See recipe: Guacamole with Cumin Chips
Get the most bang for your potluck buck with this dish—only 68¢ per serving! Deviled eggs look best when the yolks are centered. To make sure they’re in the right place, set the eggs on their side overnight before cooking.
See recipe: Curried Deviled Eggs with Chutney
Good to go in under 25 minutes, you can use any short pasta shape in this recipe. Add chopped artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers to achieve veggie variety and a hearty party dish.
See recipe: Picnic-Perfect Tuna-and-Macaroni Salad
Cost per serving: $1.70
Get the best of three worlds with this quick-and-easy dish. Want a touch of heat? Toss in a pinch or two of crushed red pepper with the vinegar. Or add a few diced jarred pepperoncini. For the best texture, dress the salad within two hours of serving -- you'll have plenty of time to get to your party!
See recipe: Pizza Pasta Salad
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What's a potluck without a casserole? Save time by making this dish a day early. Pour the sauce over the broccoli, cover and refrigerate. Let the casserole come to room temperature before sprinkling with the bread crumb parmesan mixture and baking.
Recipe: Broccoli-Mushroom Casserole
Those who enjoy tart treats won't be able to get enough of this dessert. Because Key limes aren’t commonly available, look for the bottled juice in supermarkets. Or swap in regular lime or even lemon juice—the flavor will be different but still delicious.
See recipe: Key Lime Bars
Please chocolate lovers with this decadent dessert. Serve with whipped cream and garnish with your favorite fruits, such as strawberries or raspberries.
See recipe: Spiced Chocolate Brownie Pudding
Cost per serving: $1.49
Crushed pretzels make a nice substitution for graham cracker or chocolate-cookie crumb crusts. You can make this cool berry tart a day ahead of time, just cover and refrigerate. And as an added bonus, it's super-easy to transport.
See recipe: Mixed-Berry Pretzel Tart
- Try these simple and sweet cookie recipes for your next big party!