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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 long 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:

Just Add Chips

Roberto Santibañez' Guacamole with Tequila & Apples
Roberto Santibañez' Guacamole with Tequila & Apples
Mexican Grandma Salsa
Mexican Grandma Salsa
Caramelized Onion Dip
Caramelized Onion Dip
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
Creamy Tahini Potato Salad
Creamy Tahini Potato Salad
Tomato, Nectarine & Mozzarella Salad
Tomato, Nectarine & Mozzarella Salad
Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils
Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils

Something for the Grill

Party Wings with Cholula Butter
Party Wings with Cholula Butter
Beef & Kimchi Burgers
Beef & Kimchi Burgers
Spicy Shrimp
Spicy Shrimp
Spiralized Firecracker Hot Dogs
Spiralized Firecracker Hot Dogs
Turkey & Mushroom Burgers
Turkey & Mushroom Burgers
Cauliflower Steaks with Green Harissa
Cauliflower Steaks with Green Harissa
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli
Salmon Burgers with Avocado Aioli

Cocktail Duty

Southern Belle Punch
Southern Belle Punch
Saffron & Cardamom Lemonade Concentrate
Saffron & 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}
Skillet Brownie à la Mode
Skillet Brownie à la Mode
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

Don't forget the cookies!

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

This article was originally published in September 2016, but we're sharing it again for all your last-minute potluck needs.


Tags: Entertaining, Labor Day, Summer, Grill/Barbecue, Dinner, Faster