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25 Recipes Ready Faster than You Can Say "Last-Minute Potluck"

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Sometimes, it's awfully hard to gather the troops. Is this ever more true than over three-day weekends, when everyone might be out of town, or has already half-committed to another picnic, or decides they absolutely have to take a last-minute trip to the beach?

But the group that does pull itself together, always just a few hours before, is a good one. These spur-of-the-moment, why-the-heck-not kinds of potluck affairs are some of the best—and you can bring any of these 25 recipes, made with 2 hours' notice or less:

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Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole
Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole
How to Make Salsa without a Recipe
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How to Make Salsa without a Recipe
Avocado Crème Fraîche Dip with Cilantro Pesto
Avocado Crème Fraîche Dip with Cilantro Pesto
My Favorite Black Bean Dip
My Favorite Black Bean Dip
Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)
Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)

Salads

Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Soft Feta & Golden Raisins
Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Soft Feta & Golden Raisins
Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad
Watermelon, Arugula, and Pickled Onion Summer Salad
Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette
Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette
Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions
Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions
Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils
Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils

Something for the Grill

Ribeye Kebabs with Yogurt Sauce
Ribeye Kebabs with Yogurt Sauce
Spicy Shrimp
Spicy Shrimp
Herbed Chicken Burgers with Spicy Aioli
Herbed Chicken Burgers with Spicy Aioli
Black Bean and Corn Burgers
Black Bean and Corn Burgers
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli

Cocktail Duty

Southern Belle Punch
Southern Belle Punch
Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate
Saffron and Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate
Kristin Donnelly's Watermelon Agua Fresca
Kristin Donnelly's Watermelon Agua Fresca
Whiskey Peach Smash
Whiskey Peach Smash
Blackberry Ginger Ale Mojito
Blackberry Ginger Ale Mojito

Sweet Things

Strawberry Beijinhos {Brazilian Coconut Truffle}
Strawberry Beijinhos {Brazilian Coconut Truffle}
Melon and Nectarine Shaved Summer Salad
Melon and Nectarine Shaved Summer Salad
The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet

The River Café's Strawberry Sorbet by Genius Recipes

Peachy Buttermilk Sherbet

Peachy Buttermilk Sherbet by Alice Medrich

Rosemary-Roasted Peaches with Salted Caramel Sauce
Rosemary-Roasted Peaches with Salted Caramel Sauce

What's your faithfully crowd-pleasing, last-minute party recipe? Tell us in the comments.

Tags: cookouts, last-minute recipe ideas