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These 23 Portable Recipes Will Be the Hit of the Potluck

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This article was originally published earlier this year, but we brought it back because potluck season is upon us.

The only thing better than making a very, very large amount of food to hunker down with yourself: making a very, very large amount of food to pack up and tote to a potluck. Friends! Feelings! The best kind of hodge-podge supper.

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Which is why we were so excited when Kristin Donnelly, the author of Modern Potluck, launched a community organizing tool called Potluck Nation—the delightfully simple goal being, in her words, "to create a movement and encourage people to use potlucks to bring communities together." Sign up for the newsletter, for gathering ideas (e.g. a potluck to fundraise for a good cause, or to foster conversation around a challenging topic) and information about real-life potlucks Kristin will be throwing.

Modern Potluck: Beautiful Recipes to Share, Signed Copy $28
Modern Potluck: Beautiful Recipes to Share, Signed Copy

And oh, you need some recipe ideas? These potluck-friendly (i.e. will-hold-up-for-the-car-ride-and-ensuing-day-in-the-sun) foods, and some supplies to cart them to-and-fro, will soar at your next event.

dippers to tote in a jar

My Favorite Black Bean Dip

My Favorite Black Bean Dip by Madhuja

Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip by ADRIENE

Cooked Green Salsa (Salsa Verde)
Cooked Green Salsa (Salsa Verde)
Eggplant Dip with Yogurt (Borani-e Bademjan)

Eggplant Dip with Yogurt (Borani-e Bademjan) by Nicholas Day

Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce

Truly Amazing Cashew Queso Sauce by Gena Hamshaw

A sealable vessel for the good stuff, plus a linen bag for bread, chips, and other dippers:

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Le Parfait 35 Ounce Bail Closure Canning Jar (Set of 2)

Le Parfait 35 Ounce Bail Closure Canning Jar (Set of 2)

$22
Navy Linen Bread Bags (Set of 2)

Navy Linen Bread Bags (Set of 2)

$36

salads that can sit awhile

Chickpea Vegetable Bowl with Peanut Dressing
Chickpea Vegetable Bowl with Peanut Dressing
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
Heidi Swanson's Mostly Olive Salad, With Some Farro
Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

Lacinato Kale and Mint Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing by dymnyno

Brussels Sprouts Caesar

Brussels Sprouts Caesar by Josh Cohen

Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)
Jaengban Guksu (Korean-style Soba Noodles with Spicy Dressing)
Chicken and Radicchio Salad  with Pickled Raisins and Walnuts
Chicken and Radicchio Salad with Pickled Raisins and Walnuts
Radish and Pecan Grain Salad

Radish and Pecan Grain Salad by Amanda Hesser

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette by Shannon

Large bowl and lid for washed lettuces and a wee dressing container, necessary:

Margrethe Nested Mixing Bowls & Specialty Lids

Margrethe Nested Mixing Bowls & Specialty Lids

From $35
Le Parfait 11 Ounce Jelly Jar (Set of 6)

Le Parfait 11 Ounce Jelly Jar (Set of 6)

$18

hot, stewy things

...that will still taste delicious at room temperature.

Olive Oil-Braised Broccoli Rabe
Olive Oil-Braised Broccoli Rabe
Fragrant Braised Chicken
Fragrant Braised Chicken
Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less)

Joy the Baker's Olive Oil-Braised Chickpeas (More or Less) by Sarah Jampel

Brothy, Garlicky Beans

Brothy, Garlicky Beans by Merrill Stubbs

Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu
Andy Ward & Jenny Rosenstrach's Pork Shoulder Ragu
Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens
Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens
Dashi Braised Kabocha Squash

Dashi Braised Kabocha Squash by savorthis

Butter-Braised Fingerlings

Butter-Braised Fingerlings by hardlikearmour

Green Chile and Harissa Chili
Green Chile and Harissa Chili
Classic Southern Buttermilk Bathed Fried Chicken
Classic Southern Buttermilk Bathed Fried Chicken

Tote in style

Transportation for your dips and pasta bakes can be tricky. We've discovered the handiest totes—the tough canvas stands up against your heaviest cocottes. And they're available in our Shop)! The casserole tote fits dishes of many sizes, including bowls, 9x13s, and pie plates. Slip two bottles of wine (or two baguettes, or one of each!) in the picnic tote and you're well on your way to a spill-free trip to your next potluck.

Canvas Wine & Picnic Tote

Canvas Wine & Picnic Tote

$50
Canvas Casserole Tote

Canvas Casserole Tote

From $46
Food52 x Staub Round Cocotte

Food52 x Staub Round Cocotte

From $149
Porcelain Rectangular Roasting Dishes

Porcelain Rectangular Roasting Dishes

From $40

What are your favorite dishes to bring to a potluck? Tell us in the comments.

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