4th Of July Potluck Ideas For Work

4th Of July Potluck Ideas For Work: The Best 5 Potluck Recipes

the standard fare served to guests who have not been given any special treatment. a communal supper at which people bring food to share —usually used attributively. Potluck dinners are events where the attendees bring a dish to a meal. Potluck dinners are typically hosted by religious or community groups since they simplify the food planning and spread the costs among the participants. Potlucks are another term for smaller, more casual get-togethers where food preparation is done by a variety of people.

Traditionally, the only requirement is that each dish is substantial enough to be shared by most (but not all) of the people who will attend the event. In certain circumstances, each participant agrees ahead of time to provide a single course, and the outcome is a multi-course lunch. This agreement rectifies the problem of numerous participants bringing the same dish. Guests are welcome to bring everything from the main course to the dessert to the party.

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Top 5 Potluck Recipes Ideas

The entire time I was creating, decorating, photographing, and, most importantly, eating this American fruit Flag Cake, I couldn’t stop beaming. I would have put Flag Cake at the top of my summer wish list if I had known how much fun it would be to turn a fluffy yellow sheet cake into a patriotic Fourth of July dessert. If you needed any more proof that we are never too old to have fun with our food, this would be it.


  •  2 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 – 3 cups cherries or raspberries
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Vanilla cake (baked into a 13x9x2-inch or 15x10x1-inch pan)
  • 1 – 1 ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 – 3 cups of raspberries

2. Frozen Neapolitans

What do you prefer: chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla? Why not do all three at the same time? At a July 4th picnic, our take on the iconic triple-layer Italian ice cream will have your mouth watering. To serve a crowd, cut the frozen delight into bite-size bars and top with melted chocolate and toasted almonds.


  • 4 cups chocolate-flavor crisp rice cereal
  • 1 ¼ cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups tiny marshmallows
  • 1-pint chocolate ice cream (2 cups)
  • 1-pint vanilla ice cream (2 cups)
  • 1-pint strawberry ice cream (2 cups)
  • ½ cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces or 1/3 cup chocolate-flavor syrup or strawberry-flavor ice cream topping (optional)

3. Pressure Cooker Pork Loin Back Ribs with Apple Glaze

Is the grill brimming with hamburgers and hot dogs? In your pressure cooker or Instant Pot ($90, Target), make juicy ribs. It just takes 25 minutes to cook 4 pounds of ribs, enough to feed 8 hungry 4th of July potluck visitors. Plus, the apple-shallot glaze pairs nicely with the oh-so-American apple pie that will be served later in the day.


  • 1 1.5 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 medium shallots, peeled and quartered lengthwise
  •  cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme and/or sage
  • 3 tart red apples, unpeeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach or hot cooked spaetzle or orzo pasta

4. Ancho-Brown Sugar Baked Beans

Brown sugar and molasses star in these baked beans. Plenty of bacon, garlic, and onion keep this 4th of July side dish from being too sweet. Spicy heat is provided by ancho and jalapeno peppers.


  • 2 pounds dried navy or pinto beans
  • 6 quarts water
  • 4 – 5 dried ancho peppers, stemmed, seeded, and broken into 1-inch pieces (see Tip, page 000)
  • 3 cups chopped onions (3 large)
  •  4 ounces bacon, chopped (5 slices)
  • 2 fresh jalapeño, serrano, and/or Fresno chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped (see Tip, page 000)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

5. Pizza Pasta Salad

It’s time for pizza and pasta salad to get together. This tasty potluck side dish recipe—a favorite of kids and adults alike—combines the best aspects of two legendary dishes in one mash-up recipe. Perfect for your 4th of July dinner, the delightful summer salad is loaded with sweet peppers, mozzarella, tomatoes, pepperoni, red onion, and olives.


  •  3 cups dried bowtie pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3 cups sliced red, green, and/or yellow sweet peppers
  • 8 ounces cubed mozzarella or provolone cheese
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni, halved
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup sliced, pitted ripe black olives
  • Snipped fresh oregano
  • 1 ½ cups bottled creamy garlic, creamy parmesan, or Italian dressing

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