- Cocktails and Spirits
March 13, 2014
Crisp and delicious, this tasty cocktail will leave you feeling refreshed.
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Calories Per Serving
- 1.5 Ounces Zing Vodka
- ½ cucumber, cut into 5 pieces
- 1 basil Leaf
- Splash lime juice
Muddle cucumber and basil. Add remaining ingredients and shake served up. Garnish with a cucumber wheel.
Calories Per Serving123
Folate equivalent (total)12µg3%
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22 Delicious Potluck Dishes to Feed (and Wow!) a Crowd
From dips to sandwiches to desserts, these recipes will be crowd favorites.
It's no secret that a potluck is one of the best ways to plan for a large dinner party: Potlucks spread out the responsibility for cooking across all those who attend, and every guest ends up with a plate full of exciting and diverse foods. But deciding on exactly what you want to bring to a potluck can be tricky &mdash especially when you know that hot dishes and Crock-Pot recipes will likely be popular among many guests.
For your next potluck, try breaking out of your casserole rut and opt for one of these easy (but unexpected!) potluck ideas instead. Whether you want to whip up a winning appetizer, easy-to-share main, or dessert for a crowd, we've got a recipe that's guaranteed to both feed and impress whatever crowd you're serving.
24 Holiday Potluck Recipes to Wow the Crowd!
Hello, my friends! I’m happy to share this collection of holiday potluck recipes with you today! I love potlucks because no one has to do all the work to feed a crowd, and everyone gets to sample loads of tasty foods. It’s like a casino buffet except without all the smoke and bad music. Be sure to pin this roundup of appetizers, sides, main dishes, and desserts, and you’ll have a go-to list of dishes to wow everyone at your next potluck!
Antipasto Skewers | The Weary Chef
Mini Caprese Cups | The Love Nerds
Bacon-Wrapped Teriyaki Pork Bites | The Weary Chef
Quick and Easy BBQ Cups | Yummy Healthy Easy
Cheesy Bacon Ranch Puffs | The Food Charlatan
Pizza Muffins | The Weary Chef
Green Bean Casserole with Onion Ring Topping | The Weary Chef
Roasted Broccoli Casserole | Or Whatever You Do
Garlic Herb Roasted Potatoes | Joyful Healthy Eats
Pesto Smashed Potatoes | Maebell’s
Sherry Triple Berry Cranberry Sauce | Recipe Girl
Pizza Pasta Salad | The Weary Chef
Chicken and Dressing Casserole | The Weary Chef
Cheesy Pot Pie Puffs | Julie’s Eats and Treats
Pumpkin Chili Mac | Uni Homemaker
Stuffed Pepper Casserole | Brooklyn Farm Girl
Chicken Fetuccine Bake | A Dash of Sanity
Ham and Cheese Sliders | Tide and Thyme
No Bake Eggnog Pie | Simply Gloria
Too Easy Fruit Cobbler | The Weary Chef
Peach Blueberry Hand Pies | Lori’s Culinary Creations
Pumpkin Spice Poke Cake | Love Bakes Good Cakes
Individual Apple Pies | The Love Nerds
Egg Nog Rice Pudding | Yummy Healthy Easy
You are sure to be the star of any potluck with these winners. Happy holiday eating, folks!
About Andi Gleeson
Andi Gleeson is the author of The Weary Chef, a friendly recipe blog focusing on quick and easy dinner recipes. She is a mom of two wild little boys in Austin, TX. Her obsessions are Target shopping, glitter nail polish, and Mexican food.
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15 Fruit Salad
This recipe offers the most Health out of every recipe in the game, with a whopping 118 points. It also provides 263 points of Stamina, making it a powerhouse for stat recovery. The earliest this recipe can be obtained is by watching The Queen of Sauce on Fall 7 of Year 2, but luckily obtaining the ingredients is a little easier.
The recipe takes one Melon, one Blueberry, and one Apricot, all of which can be bought as seeds from Pierre's and grown on the farm. It's definitely worth keeping some of this salad around if you find yourself using a lot of stamina or taking a lot of damage quickly. ConcernedApe really wants players to eat their fruits!
30 Easy Potluck Recipes for All Kinds of Parties
What makes a good potluck dish? The answer may differ depending on who you ask, but a few general guidelines apply: They should play well with others (read: they go with a range of foods and flavors), they don't need to be served piping hot, they're easy to share, and they can be made ahead of time. The easy recipes in this collection hit all those marks and more, appealing to a range of palates and preferences.
Our round-up of 30 fantastic, shareable dishes includes everything from happy hour nibbles, such as the Puff Pastry Cheese Straws shown here, to delectable desserts. If you're thinking about making these puffy, twisted appetizers, you can choose just one flavor combination&mdash Parmesan-cayenne, sesame-poppy, tomato-rosemary, and Pecorino-black pepper&mdashor make all four. Another great appetizer? Our Herb-Cheese Palmiers, which are guaranteed to nicely complement any cheese platter. There are also party-ready accompaniments for chips, crackers, and cheese, including Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam and Blue Cheese and Walnut Spread.
If you've offered to bring a side, we've got an array to choose from. Looking for something fresh and zippy? Spicy Pineapple Slaw, Lacinato Kale Salad with Roasted Squash, or Broccoli and Chickpea Salad fit the bill. Some sides can even moonlight as mains, such as our Farro Salad with Fennel, Golden Raisins and Radicchio, or Seven-Layer Salad, which consists of lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, thinly sliced red cabbage, tomatoes, peas, sharp cheddar cheese, and bacon.
Looking for even more dishes that can serve as sides or entrées? Go with our savory Cheese and Sweet-Pepper Cornbread or a hearty Spinach Tart with Olive-Oil Cracker Crust. And if you do want to bring a fully-fledged main course, you can't go wrong with our delightful Chicken and Kale Hand Pies with Cheddar Crust or hearty Black Beans and Sausage.
And then there are the desserts, which are arguably the stars of any potluck. From fruity treats like Plum-Jam Crumb Cake to chocolatey ones such as Big-Batch Triple-Chocolate Brownie Bars and Easy Chocolate Fudge with Pretzels, these sweet endings promise to leave every guest smiling.
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Here's a quick and easy party appetizer recipe that's made for meat lovers. Bacon-wrapped sausages are easy to make and perfect for serving at potluck parties. The mouth watering combination of bacon with smoked sausages and brown sugar is sure to win you applause. With just four ingredients, it's a great recipe to have on-hand when you get a last-minute potluck party invitation.
Vegetarian Main Dishes
Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
Gluten free and easily vegan
“This is the best recipe I have tried this year. It was scrumptious. I am going to incorporate this as a new side dish for my Thanksgiving meal.” – Rita
Roasted Carrots with Farro, Chickpeas & Herbed Crème Fraiche
Easily gluten free and easily vegan
“I made this with Christmas dinner and wow this was certainly my signature dish! It was scrumptious and so pretty. I was so intrigued by it, I had to make it and so glad I did!” – Leslie
Broccoli, Cheddar & Quinoa Gratin
“I made this for dinner last night, and my very non-vegetarian “meat and potatoes” boyfriend loved it (and so did I)! He even asked to have the leftovers for lunch today. :) Thanks for all the delicious and healthy recipes!” – Rach
Best Vegetable Lasagna
“I just made this for a special family dinner. We ALL voted it by far the best lasagna ever! Everyone went back for seconds. :) Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! I followed your directions exactly and even doubled it for extras this week. I’m so glad I did! I will definitely be making this often for friends and family.” – Lee Anne and the Laskey Crew
Easy Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Fresh Oregano
Gluten free and easily vegan
“This is among the best risotto I have ever eaten. Even my risotto-phobic daughter was sneaking seconds. I’ve made it according to the recipe’s directions, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I have also switched it around and given it a fresh thyme and Sherry flavouring, which was just as delightful. Thank you for such a fabulous recipe. I love when they’re both nutritious and delicious – a common combination on C and K. Thank you again.” – Chelsea
Creamy Roasted Brussels Sprout and Quinoa Gratin
“We made this for Thanksgiving and it was the big hit of the meal! We’re definitely adding it to our rotation.” – Deb
Vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash
Gluten free and easily vegan
“A big 5 star plus for this recipe! I served this for a fall dinner and it looked so beautiful on the table. It’s beauty was matched by great flavour and texture. So enjoyable and artistic.” – Frances
Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables
Easily gluten free
“Omg, this turned out so well, and even my non-vegetarian friends were raving. I was looking for what was seasonal and cheap at the market, so ended up with red bell pepper, cauliflower and sweet potato. A keeper!” – Kate
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Now, you may think we're suggesting you make a whole pizza from scratch, just for yourself. And you're right! You know you want it, you know it's great leftovers, and you know you'd be OK with eating this delicious version two days in a row. If you've never had peppery arugula on a pizza before, you're missing out!
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Like so many foods, chicken wings are off-limits (in their most common, breaded and sauced form) if you’re in the keto diet! To help you continue to enjoy this delish dish, we created these Keto BBQ Wings, made in your Instant Pot for maximum flavor and minimum mess.
Again, if it can be done in a slow cooker, it can probably be done in a lightning-fast cooker! It’s a chili you can create and cook in only 35 minutes. No longer are you getting up early to prep this dinner. Complete this hearty meal on a weeknight, even! Whodathunkit?
40 Dump Recipes
No pre-cooking. Just dump the ingredients and go about your day. For a busy mom like myself, that&rsquos my kind of recipe! One of my favorite dump recipes is my homemade spaghetti sauce. You can either make it as directed, or just throw all the ingredients in a pot and cook it.
I&rsquove tried many dump recipes&hellip and some are ok, some are flat-out awful, but if you do it right, some are pretty amazing. So I&rsquove compiled a list of my favorite dump recipes. Trust me &ndash these all fall to the side of &ldquopretty amazing&rdquo.
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Okay &ndash back to the dump recipes. I split these up by the type of meat, so you can easily find what you&rsquore looking for depending on what ingredients you have. Without further ado &ndash Here we go!
Beef Dump Recipes
Texas Roadhouse Pot Roast &ndash this is the absolute best pot roast you will ever have. And this isn&rsquot just me saying that, I&rsquove gotten literally hundreds of emails using that exact phrase! It&rsquos so good.
Slow Cooker Korean Beef Tacos &ndash This might be the ultimate sweet, savory, a little spicy, super rich meal. My neighbor just made it for the first time a couple weeks ago. He came up to me and said, &ldquoLauren. Those Korean Beef Tacos. Holy Cow. They&rsquove changed my life.&rdquo And I&rsquom pretty sure that he meant it in a good way.
Slow Cooker Shredded Black Bean Chili &ndash Looking for a chili that&rsquos a bit different from your standard hamburger based chili with kidney beans? This one is outstanding. In fact&hellip now that I&rsquom writing this, I think I have all the ingredients for this dump recipe in my kitchen&hellip I guess I just figured out dinner for tonight! YUM!
Ropa Vieja &ndash Don&rsquot be scared off by the name! This cuban dish is absolutely PACKED with flavor. Shredded beef in a tomato base with cumin, peppers, onions, peas&hellip serve it over rice and watch your family devour this!
Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef &ndash Inspired by my favorite dish at PF Changs, this version uses a chuck roast, and is SUPER EASY and tastes amazing. When this is in my crock pot, I am literally salivating all day. It&rsquos one of my favorite dump recipes!
Slow Cooker Balsamic & Honey Pot Roast &ndash I LOVE pot roast, and this recipe is such an awesome take on it. It&rsquos so different from the Texas Roadhouse Pot Roast above, but it&rsquos just as flavorful. Sweet, savory, and everything you need from a good pot roast.
Cuban Beef Sandwiches, Food Truck Style &ndash Have you ever gotten a sandwich at a food truck that was just so perfectly packed with flavor? And you couldn&rsquot even put your finger on what made it taste so good? You will fee that way with this recipe. Serve with mayo and avocado and that&rsquos all she wrote! No one will ever believe that it was one of your simple and easy dump recipes!
Slow Cooker Beef Ragu &ndash I absolutely LOVE the chuck roast. And I also love red sauce over pasta. And when you combine the two, amazing things happen. This beef ragu sauce is fantastic.
Spicy BBQ Sirloin Steak &ndash This one is awesome because you can either throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker like a dump recipe, or you can separate them and grill the steak (there&rsquos instructions for both). To be honest, I&rsquove tried this both ways, and I kinda like it in the slow cooker better. Serve it over mashed potatoes and the sauce becomes an amazing gravy!
Hamburger Dump Recipes
Hamburger can work GREAT in the slow cooker. You can use it loose, or prepared as meatballs or a meatloaf. I&rsquove got great examples of these below.
Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs &ndash Oh man. This dump recipe&hellip it is creamy, perfectly seasoned, and filling. This is my kind of meal when the weather is cold.
Slow Cooker Meat Sauce &ndash I love me some pasta sauce. And when meat cooks in it, its just makes it taste that much better. This is one of the true dump recipes in the sense that you dump the ingredients, and literally do nothing. You might have to break up the hamburger a bit, but that&rsquos super easy.
Slow Cooker BBQ Meatloaf &ndash Meatloaf in a slow cooker? Yup. Ok, so maybe this one isn&rsquot quite a &ldquodump&rdquo recipe as much as some of the others. After you &ldquodump&rdquo the ingredients in a bowl, it has the added step of mixing them together with your hands and making a loaf to stick in the crockpot. The flavors are outstanding in this meatloaf!
Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs &ndash This is the absolute PERFECT meatball recipe. This is the meal that when I ask my kids &ldquowhat should have for dinner?&rdquo they answer &ldquospaghetti and meatballs. &rdquo Every time. Don&rsquot be afraid of just tossing the meatballs in the slow cooker raw. It works. Trust me.
Slow Cooker Chili &ndash Who doesn&rsquot love chili? And it&rsquos even better when it&rsquos so easy to put together. This dump recipe version of chili is seasoned just perfect!
Chicken Breast Dump Recipes
Before I get to the recipes, as a general rule, chicken breast seems to work best in the slow cooker when it cooks for 3-4 hours on high. You can definitely cook it longer, but it kinda shreds a bit too much.
Here are my absolute favorite chicken breast dump recipes.
White Chicken Chili &ndash yup &ndash I&rsquom starting with this one. It&rsquos just fantastic. My friends rave about this recipe. The texture, flavors and seasoning are just perfect. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, cilantro, maybe some avocado &ndash whatever you want!
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken &ndash I LOVE this one. A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a great texture. I usually get seconds (or thirds) when I make this for dinner!
Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Chicken &ndash I got the inspiration for this from an amazing spinach and artichoke dip recipe. I thought, what if I added chicken, and served it over pasta? Welp&hellip the results were even better than I had envisioned. One of my favs.
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan &ndash Trust me, this one works. The key to a good chicken parm is the chicken, a salty crunchy crust, melty cheese and an amazing sauce. This has all of that! To get the crunch, you just gotta do a 5 minute step at the end.
Slow Cooker Zesty Orange Chicken &ndash Just like the name says, it&rsquos very zesty. It gets the orange flavor from some orange juice concentrate. And after adding some garlic, ginger and sugar, this tastes just like something you&rsquod get for chinese takeout!
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie &ndash This has all the creaminess and richness of that perfect filling of a chicken pot pie that you&rsquod envision. And it&rsquos super easy to make prepare because you will just use a bag of frozen mixed vegetables &ndash which are already chopped to the perfect size! Serve it with some biscuits and enjoy.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos &ndash These chicken tacos couldn&rsquot be easier. Chicken breast, spices, and just a little bit of water. Close the lid, and a few hours later just serve them up in taco shells and top as you normally would. My kids prefer these to the tacos made with ground beef!
Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Stew &ndash This recipe blew me away the first time I made it! It was also the first time I used a roux as a thickener once the recipe was completed. SOOO good.
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken &ndash Just as the recipe would have you believe, this one is sweet and garlic-y! What&rsquos not to love? It&rsquos so good over rice.
Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Casserole &ndash I don&rsquot know what&rsquos gotten into this recipe, but it&rsquos been pinned like almost 100,000 times. I mean I do understand why, cause it&rsquos amazing. This one takes a tip from the chicken parmesan above and uses a crunchy breadcrumb topping to get that perfect texture! One of my favorite dump recipes!
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken &ndash The creamy and tart sauce is what makes this recipe. I mean the chicken is good too, but with the creamy sauce on top? Holy cow. Serve this with either rice or pasta. Yum!
Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Chicken &ndash It&rsquos like comfort food that you didn&rsquot have to do any work to prepare. It is heavy on the garlic, but that&rsquos one of the things that makes this so good!
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Chicken &ndash I&rsquove got a few Asian inspired ones on this list, and this recipe is among the best! If you want to up the heat, add more red pepper flakes! But be careful, they tend to become more pronounced as they cook in the slow cooker&hellip one of the spicier dump recipes on this list!
Chicken Thighs Dump Recipes
Chicken thighs are my favorite way to prepare chicken in the slow cooker&hellip especially for dump recipes. Unlike chicken breasts, the dark meat doesn&rsquot dry out. It stays moist and tender. But make sure to take the skin off first, or buy them skinless in the store. No one likes chicken skin in the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Lemon Awesome Chicken &ndash It was so hard to come up with a name for this recipe. It was creamy, lemony and just AWESOME. So that&rsquos what I named it. I think you&rsquoll agree! This one is best served over rice &ndash it soaks up all the yummy sauce.
Slow Cooker Asian BBQ Fusion Chicken &ndash Of all the dump recipes on this post, this is in my top 5. The ingredients are all over the place &ndash ginger, BBQ sauce, garlic, soy sauce, tomato sauce&hellip it&rsquos kinda nuts but, oh man do these flavors work well together! Trust me. Just make it.
Slow Cooker Verde Chicken &ndash Verde means green. So this one is kinda green. It&rsquos from the tomatillo salsa. That&rsquos also one of the reasons this is so easy. Chicken, salsa, cilantro, and a few spices. That&rsquos it. So much flavor in this one.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup &ndash So I just made this 2 nights ago. I got the inspiration for this recipe from a chicken tortilla soup that they serve at Ruby Tuesday that I love. This version is actually better!
Caribbean Citrus Chicken &ndash I absolutely love the flavors in this dump recipe! It calls for just drumsticks, but you can use skinless chicken thighs as well. Citrus from lime juice and orange juice plus garlic and onions make this recipe super tasty!
Slow Cooker Paprika BBQ Chicken &ndash when I was creating this recipe, I wasn&rsquot sure how it would turn out. Loads of paprika, plus a bit of BBQ sauce to add some sweetness. After you add the sour cream in at the end, this dish just is just out of this world good! One of my favorites.
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup &ndash No need to make a stock from scratch to get an amazing homemade Chicken noodle soup. The chicken thighs do all the work for you as they cook in the slow cooker. It&rsquos crazy that a dump recipe can produce such an awesome chicken noodle soup, but it does!
Pork Dump Recipes
Pork works GREAT in dump recipes. The list below has recipes that use both pork loin, and pork shoulder. Both work great in the slow cooker&hellip and also have their pros and cons. Overall, I like recipes using the pork shoulder better. Because of the fat content in the pork, the meat is much more tender and juicy. But the drawback is that you have to take out the meat after it&rsquos done cooking to remove the excess pieces of fat. A step that&rsquos worth it in my opinion.
Pork loin works great too! It&rsquos not as juicy as a shoulder when it cooks in the slow cooker, but it&rsquos WAY easier. Once it&rsquos done cooking, either shred it or slice it. Either way, these recipes are delicious.
Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Basil Cream Sauce &ndash I haven&rsquot really mixed the flavors of basil with pork and cream before. I usually use basil in just red sauces&hellip but it shines here. Big time. The sauce in this dump recipe is so good.
Apple Cinnamon Pork Loin &ndash If it&rsquos fall weather outside, then you need to make this right now. This is just one of those perfect sweet and savory dishes that works so well over mashed potatoes. You&rsquoll love this.
Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas &ndash Right here, this recipe is one of the top 5 on this list. Orange juice, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic &ndash c&rsquomon there&rsquos some BOLD flavors in here!
Crockpot Pulled Pork &ndash This recipe has been pinned over a MILLION times. While I do prefer a smoked pulled pork, this slow cooker version comes pretty close. And since it&rsquos a dump recipe, it&rsquos WAY easier!
Slow Cooker Ribs &ndash The flavor profile of these ribs are pretty similar to the pulled pork above. Just a great BBQ flavor. In my opinion, ribs just work perfect when they are cooked on high for 4 hours. This way, they are tender, but not to the point where they just fall completely off the bone when you pick them up.
Chili Lime Pork Loin &ndash Similar to the BBQ sirloin steak, this one can be grilled or cooked in the slow cooker. The cumin, chili, and lime juice are so perfect in this. Slice it up and serve it with any kind of potato!
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