50 Church Picnic Recipes You'll Love (2024)

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50 Church Picnic Recipes You'll Love (1)Jacqueline WeissUpdated: Feb. 27, 2024

    Bring copies of the recipe—people will ask for it!


    Cuban Sliders

    These wonderful little rolls are baked until lightly toasted and the cheese melts. The leftover King’s Hawaiian ham sliders keep really well in the fridge, and they make a lovely cold snack. Followers of my blog, houseofyumm.com, go nuts for these! —Serene Herrera, Dallas, Texas

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    Blueberry-Rhubarb Crumble

    A dollop of whipped topping adds a nice finishing touch to this satisfying crumble. Sometimes I drizzle a little flavored coffee creamer on top instead of the whipped topping. —Nancy Sousley, Lafayette, Indiana

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    Layered Salad for a Crowd

    This salad is a favorite of my three sons. I took it to a luncheon honoring our school district’s food service manager, and she asked for the recipe. I like to make the dressing the day before so the flavors blend together. —Linda Ashley, Leesburg, Georgia

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    Tossing the cooked potatoes with stock and wine right after you drain them infuses them with flavor. The liquid absorbs like magic. —George Levinthal, Goleta, California

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    Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Bites

    In this vegetarian Buffalo-style appetizer, macaroni and cheese get heated up with Louisiana-style hot sauce, then breaded and baked. These tasty nibbles are served with blue cheese dressing. —Ann Donnay, Milton, Massachusetts

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    Potluck German Apple Cake

    My mother made this German apple cake for my brothers and me when we were kids. It's an excellent choice for a Christmas potluck or actually any time of year. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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    Chicken Burritos

    This mouthwatering chicken burrito recipe makes enough for two casseroles, so you can enjoy one today and freeze the other for a busy weeknight. They're super to have on hand for quick meals or to take to potlucks. —Sonya Nightingale, Burley, Idaho.

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    Party Appetizer Meatballs

    These are a favorite at parties and gatherings. The recipe is easy, and the meatballs can be made well ahead of time and frozen until needed. I think what makes them taste so good is the sauce. —Nathalie Guest, Caledon, Ontario

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    Skinny Quinoa Veggie Dip

    Don’t let the name fool you. This good-for-you recipe may appeal to an athlete in training, but it has plenty of flavor to satisfy everyone. We use crunchy cucumber slices for dippers. —Jennifer Gizzi, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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    Artichoke Shrimp Pasta Salad

    I have enjoyed this recipe for as long as I can remember. My mom made it famous, and she passed it down to me on my wedding day. It's one of those potluck staples that folks can't get enough of. —Mary McCarley, Charlotte, North Carolina

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    Layered Chocolate Marshmallow Peanut Butter Brownies

    A friend gave me the recipe for these layered brownies, but I added my own touch--chunky peanut butter. Every time I take these to a group gathering, I get requests for the recipe. It's a real crowd-pleaser! —Judy Sims, Weatherford, Texas

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    Balsamic Green Bean Salad

    Serve up those green beans in a whole new way–with a green bean salad recipe! The tangy flavors and crunch of these balsamic green beans complement any special meal or holiday potluck. —Megan Spencer, Farmington Hills, Michigan

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    Hot Cheese Dip

    When a colleague brought this cheesy dip to school for a teachers potluck, I immediately gave it an A+. I had to have the recipe for this irresistibly creamy recipe to make for my family! —Ardyce Piehl, Poynette, Wisconsin

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    Crustless Spinach Quiche

    I served this crustless quiche at a church lunch, and I had to laugh when one guy told me how much he disliked vegetables. Many people were surprised by how much they loved this veggie-filled quiche recipe—and he was one of them! —Melinda Calverley, Janesville, Wisconsin

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    Potluck Macaroni and Cheese

    You'll always have a winner at the potluck when you bring macaroni and cheese. Here's an extra-rich, creamy version for the slow cooker. —Jennifer Blondek, Chicopee, Massachusetts

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    Lemon Yeast Puffs

    The lemon flavor in these yeast muffins makes them unique. My husband is a minister, and we're invited to many potlucks. People love these muffins.

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    Macaroni Coleslaw

    My friend Peggy brought this coleslaw to one of our picnics, and everyone liked it so much, we all had to have the recipe. —Sandra Matteson, Westhope, North Dakota

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    Apple and Squash Crisp

    Someone brought this crisp to a parish dinner at my church. I asked for the recipe, and now I take this yummy dessert to every potluck I attend. —Therese Butler, Ijamsville, Maryland

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    Spectacular Overnight Slaw

    To come up with this dish, I used a number of different recipes, plus some ideas of my own. It's great for a potluck because it's made the night before and the flavor keeps getting better. Whenever I serve it, I'm inundated with recipe requests. —Ruth Lovett, Bay City, Texas

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    Four-Cheese Spinach Lasagna

    This rich cheesy lasagna has become one of my specialties. It's packed with fresh-tasting vegetables like spinach, carrots, red pepper and broccoli. I'm never afraid to serve the colorful casserole to guests, since it's always a huge success. —Kimberly Kneisly, Englewood, Ohio

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    Church Supper Spaghetti

    Because this recipe feeds so many, I often take it to church dinners and potlucks. This colorful dish also comes in handy when we have lots of help to feed on our farm. —Verlyn Wilson, Wilkinson, Indiana

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    You're-Bacon-Me-Crazy Potato Salad

    It isn't a summer cookout without potato salad, but the stuff from the deli just isn't our thing. I toyed with many recipes until I developed this one. Now if I even mention grilling or barbecuing, it's my family's top request for a side. —Paul Cogswell, League City, Texas

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    Grandma's Potato Salad

    Our Fourth of July feast wouldn't be complete without this chilled old-fashioned potato salad. It's my grandma's treasured recipe. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Bars

    My family loves this peanut butter cookie bars recipe—oatmeal, brownie bars, peanuts—it's made from all our favorite things! Oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate chips make these bars a big hit with kids of all ages. Since I always have these basic ingredients on hand, I can whip up a batch anytime. —Patricia Staudt, Marble Rock, Iowa

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    Nacho Tots

    This is an easy, versatile party appetizer that everyone loves. If you can't find chorizo, ground beef or ground chicken are wonderful, too. Top with anything you like! —Connie Krupp, Racine, Wisconsin

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    Marinated Three Bean Salad

    Fresh herbs and cayenne pepper provide the fantastic flavor in this marinated salad featuring fresh veggies and canned beans. —Carol Tucker, Wooster, Ohio

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    Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    A fruity filling and fluffy coconut topping truly make these strawberry oatmeal bars one of a kind. They really dress up my trays of Christmas goodies. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma

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    Almond Chicken Salad

    My mother used to prepare this chicken salad with grapes and almonds for an evening meal during the hot summer months. It's my favorite of my mother's chicken salad recipes. You can also serve it as a delicious but quick luncheon or potluck dish. —Kathy Kittell, Lenexa, Kansas

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    Summertime Tomato Salad

    My crazy good salad has cherry tomatoes, squash and blueberries together in one bowl. Then I layer on the flavor with fresh corn, red onion and mint. —Thomas fa*glon, Somerset, New Jersey

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    Layered Grilled Corn Salad

    This has been a go-to dish for me throughout the years. It's great as a side or can be served for a light lunch in lettuce cups, with warm crusty bread. —Angela Smith, Bluffton, South Carolina

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    Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

    With five different dairy products, you know this make-ahead mashed potato casserole is going to be super rich and, of course, delicious. It gets even better topped with onions and bacon! —JoAnn Koerkenmeier, Damiansville, Illinois

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    Buttery Horseradish Corn on the Cob

    For a July Fourth barbecue, I whipped up a butter and horseradish topping for grilled corn. People actually formed a line to get seconds. —Trish Loewen, Bakersfield, California

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    Fried Chicken and Pulled Pork Cornbread Poppers

    These fun little apps are an instant conversation starter wherever they're served. We love them on game day, but they'd be a hit at brunch, too. —Crystal Schlueter, Babbitt, Minnesota

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    Chili Cornbread Salad

    A co-worker brought this wonderful dish to a potluck several years ago. She had copies of the recipe next to the pan. Now I make it for get-togethers and also supply copies of the recipe. I never have any leftover salad or recipes. —Kelly Newsom, Jenks, Oklahoma

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    Inspired by a dish I had at a restaurant, this simply sensational combination should marinate for at least three hours—the longer the better. —Mary Ann Lee, Clifton Park, New York

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    Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad

    Salty pretzels pair nicely with the sweet fruit in this refreshing layered salad. It’s a family favorite that is a slam-dunk at potlucks. —Peggy Boyd, Northport, Alabama

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    Potluck Pan Rolls

    The appealing homemade yeast-bread flavor of these golden rolls is unbeatable. Soft and light, they're great alongside any entree. Folks are disappointed if I don't bring them to potluck dinners. —Carol Mead, Los Alamos, New Mexico

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    Lemon Coconut Bites

    The tangy lemon flavor of this no-fuss dessert is especially delicious on a warm day. It gives me delightful flashbacks of selling lemonade on the sidewalk as a little girl. —Donna Biddle, Elmira, New York

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    These tasty southwestern meatballs warm up a buffet. I add pomegranate seeds, jalapeno pepper jelly and cilantro to make everything pop with color. —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

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    Cherry Chewbilees

    This is a good dish to carry to potlucks and parties. It's a hit at home, too - my husband rates it as one of his favorite desserts. —Debbi Smith, Crossett, Arkansas

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    A squeeze of lime, a sprinkle of cilantro and a little avocado make this a creamy and zingy pasta salad. —Carrie Farias, Oak Ridge, New Jersey

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    Cranberry Date Bars

    Rich and fruity, these bars let you enjoy cranberries year-round. I've made batches for all kinds of church and social events. -Bonnie Nieter, Warsaw, Indiana

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    Raspberry Patch Crumb Bars

    To give these fresh, fruity bars even more crunch, add a sprinkling of nuts to the yummy crumb topping. Everyone will want to indulge. —Leanna M. Thorne, Lakewood, Colorado

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    Appetizer Tomato Cheese Bread

    I found this recipe a few years ago in a dairy cookbook, and it has become a family favorite. My husband, Wayne, and our two children are mostly meat-and-potato eaters, but I don't hear any complaints when I make this bread! —Penney Kester, Springville, New York

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    Creamy Blueberry Gelatin Salad

    Plump blueberries and a fluffy topping star in this pretty, refreshing salad that was my mother's recipe. It was served at every holiday and celebration, and now my grandchildren look forward to sampling it at holidays. —Sharon Hoefert, Greendale, Wisconsin

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    Tomato Fritters

    I got the basic recipe for these fritters from a friend, then I tweaked it for my family's tastes. It's one of our very favorite things in the summer. We love them right after they've been fried, when they're still hot and crispy. —Pam Halter, Bridgeton, New Jersey

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    Chili Mac Casserole

    This cheesy casserole uses several of my family's favorite ingredients, including macaroni, kidney beans, tomatoes and cheese. Just add a leafy salad for a complete meal. —Marlene Wilson, Rolla, North Dakota

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    Originally Published: July 06, 2018

    50 Church Picnic Recipes You'll Love (48)

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    Jacqueline is a blogger and writer, passionate about sharing the latest in helpful tips and trends in food and cooking. In her spare time, you’ll find her trying new restaurants and experimenting in the kitchen.

    50 Church Picnic Recipes You'll Love (2024)


    How do you make a successful church picnic? ›

    A church picnic should have more significance than just a meal. Plan activities that encourage community-building, fellowship, and fun for everyone. Activities may include games, sports, music, crafts, or a bounce house for children. Make sure to choose activities that are inclusive and appropriate for all ages.

    What do you bring to a church picnic? ›

    For a potluck, I like to bring some kind of salad or vegetable because there are always lots of casseroles, cheesy dishes, and decadent desserts. Some other ideas: fruit salad (it does take a lot of chopping, but it's not hard), “funeral potatoes,” or black bean & corn salad.

    What is good finger food for a picnic? ›

    This kid-friendly recipes can all be eaten with your hands making them perfect for a day spent outside!
    • Pea hummus. ...
    • Portuguese custard tarts. ...
    • Two cheese crackers with chia seeds. ...
    • Strawberry scrolls. ...
    • Healthy satay rice paper rolls. ...
    • Vegetarian rolls with yoghurt salsa verde. ...
    • Almond, rosemary and fennel crackers.

    What food won't spoil on a picnic? ›

    Here are 11 picnic foods that keep well in hot weather:
    • Fresh vegetable salads. Nothing beats a fresh, light summer salad full of colorful vegetables, Ali says. ...
    • Fish and chicken in pouches. ...
    • Mediterranean foods. ...
    • Fresh fruits. ...
    • Dried fruits, nuts and seeds. ...
    • Fruit salsas. ...
    • Slaws dressed in oil and vinegar. ...
    • Fruit bars.
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    What does the Bible say about a picnic? ›

    Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do (like picnics), do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). “Whatever you do, in word or deed (like picnics), do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

    What can I take in a picnic instead of sandwiches? ›

    How to pack a picnic without bread
    • Farro salad with roasted veg. A big salad of mixed grains, roasted veg and herbs is a really easy picnic dish. ...
    • Cornish pasties. Handheld food is the key to a successful picnic spread. ...
    • frittata. A slice of flavour-packed frittata is great on a picnic. ...
    • Vegetable tartlets. ...
    • potato salad.
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    What are typical picnic foods? ›

    Sandwiches, pies, scotch eggs, sausage rolls and chicken drumsticks are considered classic picnic treats for a reason – they're all finger foods that travel well. Layer up a picnic baguette with salami, spinach, basil, pesto and mozzarella for a mouthwatering bite with or create a colourful veggie rainbow sandwich.

    What is the number one picnic food? ›


    Nothing beats a homemade sandwich when having a picnic lunch. Because there are so many different kinds of sandwiches, you can pack along everyone's favorite. Whether it's classic PB&J, traditional ham and cheese, yummy egg salad, or mouth-watering BLT, sandwiches are both versatile and travel-ready.

    What are three finger foods? ›

    Foods that squish easily between your fingers are a safe bet for babies and younger toddlers. Think cooked peas, raspberries, chunks of banana, diced avocado, and soft cheese.

    What is the only known food item that will never spoil? ›

    HONEY. Honey has been called the only food that truly lasts forever, thanks to its magical chemistry and the handiwork of bees.

    What is the cheapest thing to bring to a picnic? ›

    For cheap picnic ideas, consider simple snacks like fresh fruit, nuts, and crackers. You can create a DIY trail mix by combining your favorite roasted nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips or candies like M&Ms. When it comes to picnic side dishes, there are plenty of options!

    What is the most unused food? ›

    The 8 most wasted foods & how to save them
    1. Potatoes. ...
    2. Bread. ...
    3. Rice. ...
    4. Bananas. ...
    5. Apples. ...
    6. Leafy greens. ...
    7. Milk. ...
    8. Cheese.

    How do I attract more people to my church? ›

    Seven ways to attract new members
    1. Evangelism training. Most people first come to a church because of a relationship they have with someone who already attends. ...
    2. Personalized invitations. ...
    3. Get out and visit. ...
    4. Welcome at worship. ...
    5. Become the neighborhood “welcome wagon” ...
    6. Stake your church. ...
    7. Create a welcome kit or basket.

    How do you organize a church potluck? ›

    9 tips to organize a potluck
    1. Decide the date and location.
    2. Pick a theme.
    3. Make it a fundraising event.
    4. Create a sign-up sheet and confirm attendance.
    5. Manage what guests bring.
    6. Consider dietary restrictions.
    7. Package leftover food.
    8. Label and return dishes.
    Dec 15, 2023

    How do you host a church potluck? ›

    Our Best Tips for Organizing a Church Potluck
    1. Start Planning as Early as You Can. ...
    2. Send out a Sign-Up Sheet. ...
    3. Make Sure Guests Bring the Right Kinds of Dishes. ...
    4. Encourage Different Varieties of Food. ...
    5. Store-Bought Food Is Welcome – and Sometimes Encouraged! ...
    6. Provide Drinks at the Potluck.
    Mar 13, 2018


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