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

July 27, 2018

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


Something for the Grill

Cocktail Duty

Sweet Things

Don't forget the cookies!

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

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1 Comment

Joy H. September 2, 2016
My favorite last minute dish that everyone loves is ramen cabbage salad. All I have to do is grab a bag of shredded cabbage coleslaw mix from the grocery store, and I usually have everything else in my pantry already!