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21 of the best Party, BBQs and Potluck Recipes (feed a crowd on a budget!)

July 6, 2018
Summer parties
Wooohoooo!  Summer’s here!
Whether you just celebrated Canada Day or the 4th of July, there’s no doubt about it – it’s summer!
For us, summer is both relaxing and busy – lots of parties, bbqs, potlucks, large family gatherings and picnics.  But SO much fun!

Summer parties

I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to feed a crowd, especially recipes that I can make ahead of time.  And it definitely helps if they’re budget-friendly recipes too!  If you’re cooking a dish for a big family reunion or birthday party, you want to make sure it’s somewhat inexpensive.
Here are 21 of our favourite potluck recipes – dishes that will be just as welcome at a summer bbq for friends and family as at an office party, graduation party or church gathering.

Summer Potluck Recipes – Appetizers

Mediterranean Dip with hummus, lettuce, olives, tomatoes, feta and fresh herbs, and a bowl of tortilla chips

You can’t go wrong with our Quick & Healthy Mediterranean Dip if you’re looking for a refreshing, healthy start to a gathering – and it only takes 10 minutes to throw together!
(PS – this makes a lovely summer lunch too!)

Cheesy pull apart bread with bacon

If you’re looking for a more indulgent option, this Cheesy Bacon Pull Apart Bread is a total crowd pleaser and can be made ahead of time – perfect for a potluck recipe.
Plus, who doesn’t love garlicky bread smothered in melted cheese and bacon?

Plus a few other popular party appetizers from our collection:











Summer Potluck Recipes – Main Dishes

Asparagus Bacon Goat Cheese Pizza - easy to make, and perfect for spring. Fresh asparagus, smoky bacon, salty goat cheese and a garlic sauce make every bite of this pizza fantastic.

If you’re still enjoying lots of asparagus like we are, you can’t go wrong with this Asparagus Bacon Goat Cheese Pizza!  So many delicious things in one pizza!

This Easy Greek Meatballs recipe packs a TON of flavour into little tiny meatball packages!  They're easy to make, bake quickly in the oven, and freeze super well.  This recipe uses just a few pantry staples for a delicious, garlicky, meal, infused with delicious herbs.   Who doesn't need an easy and delicious freezer meal at this (or any!) time of year?

These Easy Greek Meatballs pack a TON of delicious flavour into a tiny package!  Easy to make ahead of time, delicious hot or at room temperature, you can eat them on their own or stuffed into a pita with veggies and our Homemade Tzatziki.

If you’re looking for a different kind of pizza to try:

This Homemade BLT Pizza (with white sauce) recipe is a refreshing new spin on everyone's beloved classic BLT. Smoky bacon, fresh tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and a creamy white sauce will make this homemade pizza your new favourite way to enjoy a BLT.

BLT Pizza (with white sauce)

Homemade Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza is a delicious appetizer or meal with friends

Homemade Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza

Homemade Garlic Fingers and Donair Sauce are the best easy recipe for entertainig friends - kids and adults both love them!

Homemade Garlic Fingers and Donair Sauce










Summer Potluck Recipes – Side Dishes

These Easy Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes are easy to make ahead of time and a huge crowd pleaser! Try them out and be the star of your next potluck or family gathering, any time of year!

You seriously cannot go wrong with these Easy Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes.  Everyone loves them, and they’re the perfect make ahead  side dish!

This Fresh and Easy Peach Salsa is the perfect summer recipe. It's both sweet and savoury, is delicious with tortilla chips, tacos or grilled fish, chicken or pork, and makes the best use of those last few peaches you have kicking around your fridge.

This Fresh and Easy Peach Salsa is fast to throw together but BIG on flavour!  It’s delicious with any kind of grilled meat, or even just with tortilla chips!

More great bbq side dishes:

This Easy Mexican Corn is the quickest dish you'll make all summer! Sweet corn, smoky chili powder, zesty lime and creamy butter make it addictively tasty, and frozen corn means you can have it any time of year! Ready in 5 minutes!

Easy Mexican Corn









Perfect Summer Potluck Dessert Recipes

These Fresh Strawberry Shortcake Bars combine a rich, buttery shortbread base, a fluffy vanilla cream and fresh summer strawberries into a heavenly summer dessert. Easy to make and completely addictive, they're the perfect plan for all those sweet strawberries you have in the fridge.

These Fresh Strawberry Shortcake Bars are dreamy and filled with everyone’s favourite summer flavours.

Strawberry Cake Roll on a colourful platter, with a slice cut off and placed on a plate with a fork.

You can make this Easy Strawberry Cake Roll with whatever fresh summer berries you have on-hand.

A few other lovely summer desserts that are perfect for parties and potlucks:











Bonus Recipes for Summer Fun:

This Sweet and Smoky Dry Rub Mix is absolutely delicious on chicken or pork, and you can make it in less than 5 minutes using pantry staples you probably already have on hand! Try it out next time you're grilling and take your barbecue to the next level!

This Sweet & Smoky Dry Rub Mix is SO good on chicken and pork!
These Blueberry Peach Popsicles celebrate the fresh fruit of late summer in a deliciously sweet and simple blend. Just 3 ingredients (or 4 if you use honey) and ready for the mold in minutes, they're a simple treat that my toddler (and I!) can't get enough of!
Blueberry Peach Popsicles are perfect for the kids!
That’s just a scattering of recipes to help you plan your summer events!  You can find lots more delicious inspiration right here on the site!
If you try any of our recipes, please come back and leave us a star rating and/or comment to let us know what you think!

Happy summer partying!



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