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Christmas Potluck Recipes!

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6 Layer Bars

Apricot Walnut Bites

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Beet Salad

Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Brussels Sprouts Bon Vivant

Cheese Ball

Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed Bark

Creamed Corn

Cowboy Cookies

Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies

Little Smokies in Crescent Rolls

Meatball Appetizers

Peanut Butter and Jelly Gems

Peppermint Bark

Potato Casserole

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Sausage Cheddar Balls

Spinach Cranberry Salad

Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet and Saltines – Holiday Version

Tater Tot Breakfast Strata

Need more ideas for your holiday potlucks? Click here for a list of all Potluck Time recipes by category!

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Feta-Stuffed Watermelon Blocks

 

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These bite-sized watermelon blocks are easy, light, and refreshing!  They are perfect for any spring or summer potluck.  This recipe originates from Self Magazine.

Ingredients:

3 1/4 lb. watermelon, rind removed, cut into 1 1/2 inch blocks

3 oz. crumbled feta

2 large fresh basil leaves, very thinly sliced

Using a melon baller, scoop out the top of each watermelon block.  Divide feta among melon hollows.  Top each block with basil.

Meatball Appetizers

Meatball Appetizers

Check out these sweet and savory meatball appetizers in our Appetizers section!

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon Wrapped Dates

These Bacon Wrapped Dates are like candy!  They are addicting, so be sure to make lots of them as they will go fast.  Thank you to Brandy for sharing this recipe!

Ingredients:

Bacon

Whole dates, pitted

Sliced water chestnuts

Cut bacon slices into thirds. Place a water chestnut on a date.  Wrap with bacon.  Secure with a toothpick.

Bake at 400 degrees until bacon is crispy (approximately 30 minutes).  Let cool slightly and serve.

Pizza Dip

Everyone loves this ridiculously easy dip!  This recipe comes from Brandy, who got it from Kori J.  And if you like this one, you have to try the Salsa Dip recipe.

Ingredients:

1 box cream cheese

Pizza Sauce

Shredded Cheese

Pepperoni (optional)

Black olives (optional)

Spread cream cheese in the bottom of a 9 x 13″ glass dish.  Pour pizza sauce over the cream cheese.  Top with shredded cheese.  Top with optional pepperoni and/or black olives.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Serve with sliced baguette.

Deviled Eggs

 

Deviled Eggs

Easy, yummy, and everyone loves them!  The smoked paprika makes them look especially pretty.

Ingredients:

Hardboiled eggs (as many as you want)

Best Foods Mayo

Honey Mustard

Salt

Pepper

Smoked Paprika (Trader Joe’s has a great one for a great price)

Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks.  Mash up the yolk really well, then add mayo, mustard, salt, and pepper to taste.  Fill the empty eggs with the yolk mixture.  Sprinkle the tops of the eggs with the paprika.  Serve!

Cheese Ball

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The cream cheese, pineapple, green bell pepper, and walnuts make an absolutely addicting combination in this cheese ball recipe.

One batch can make three small or two large balls.  However, I highly recommend that you bring two large cheese balls to your potluck.  I recently only brought one to a party and it got ugly.  Lesson learned!  This cheese ball is so good that people will fight over it!

This recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember and I look forward to making it every year for Thanksgiving (and sometimes Christmas and New Year’s Eve).

Ingredients:

2 – 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened

1 – 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

2 T. finely minced white onion (sweet onion is my first choice)

1 tsp. seasoned salt

2 cups chopped walnuts (use 1/2 in recipe and 1/2 for rolling the cheeseballs)

Crackers (Ritz are my favorite with this!)

Combine the cream cheese, pineapple, bell pepper, onion, salt, and 1 cup of the chopped walnuts.  Refrigerate until firm.  Form cheese balls and roll in remaining walnuts.  You can serve right away or put in an airtight container and refrigerator until serving time (keeps for about 3 days).  Then serve with crackers.  Ritz crackers are especially good with this recipe.

Meatball Appetizers

Meatball Appetizers

 

This is another family recipe that we often had for New Year’s Eve Parties.  I’ve revised the recipe to use pre-made frozen meatballs.  Buy two bags and double the recipe for a big crowd because they will go fast!

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen meatballs

3 T. dark molasses

3 T. prepared mustard

3 T. apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 tsp. thyme

Brown the meatballs in a skillet until heated through.  Mix all remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add sauce to meatballs and simmer until bubbling.  Serve meatballs right away.  They won’t have time to get cold!

Chili Sauce Cream Cheese Appetizer

Chili Sauce and Cream Cheese Appetizer

This is an easy, yummy appetizer that always gets devoured at the potluck.  When I was a child, this was one of my favorites and now it is one of my son’s favorites too!

Ingredients:

1 package of cream cheese

1 jar of chili sauce (found in the supermarket ketchup section)

1 box of crackers (my first choice is a woven wheat cracker like Triscuits)

Put the bar of cream cheese on a plate.  Pour the chili sauce on top.  Serve with crackers!

Mango Chutney Cream Cheese Appetizer

This recipe is inspired by the Chili Sauce Cream Cheese Appetizer also found on this site.  This is my go to when I don’t have time to cook. It always gets rave reviews!

Ingredients:

1 package of cream cheese

1 jar of mango chutney

1 box of crackers (my first choice is a woven wheat cracker like Triscuits)

Put the bar of cream cheese on a plate.  Pour the mango chutney top.  Serve with crackers!