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67 Dishes to Bring to a Southern Potluck Meal: The Ultimate Guide

Looking for a new recipe to bring to a Southern potluck meal? We’ve rounded up more than 65 crowd-pleasing ideas that are sure to satisfy! From cocktails and appetizers to main dishes and sides, you’re bound to find a new family favorite. And don’t forget to save your spoon for dessert!

Have you ever gone to a potluck dinner?

These might be one of my favorite kinds of dinners because you get to sample all kinds of different foods!

People always bring one of their best recipes, so you know everything is going to taste so good.

While potluck meals are popular for large groups, a potluck dinner is also a great idea for a smaller dinner party too.

Table with picnic basket and basket of hydrangeas with a wood serving board of deviled eggs for a Southern Potluck Dinner.

One of the great parts of hosting a potluck meal is that it takes some of the burden away from the host.

When you host a potluck dinner, all you need to do is set up a great spot for everyone to put their dishes, gather plates and utensils, and set up a drink station!

AnnMarie shared all kinds of great tips for preparing to host a charming Southern potluck dinner.

Anne from Simply2Moms holding a serving board of deviled eggs.

Once everything is set up, sit back and wait for your guests to show up with all the yummy food!

If you’re invited to a Southern potluck dinner, you may be wondering what to bring.

Is a Southern potluck different from other regions?

Yes, and no.

The biggest difference is some of the foods you’ll see.

We’ve rounded up more than 65 amazing recipe ideas to help you find the perfect dish to make.

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First, Welcome to our Virtual Dinner Club!

Before we jump into all the recipe ideas and inspiration, I want to tell you about our monthly entertaining feature.

We joined up with four of our blogging friends to create a virtual “dinner” club back at the beginning of 2021.

Each month we invite a guest host to join in our fun!

Every month we choose a new theme, and even though we call ourselves a dinner club, we’ve shared ideas for breakfasts, brunches, luncheons, and cocktail parties too.

First, we all share ideas to create a tablescape for that theme, and then we each share a recipe for the theme to create an entire menu.

Think of it as a virtual progressive meal.

It’s so much fun!

Be sure to check out all of our tablescapes and menus!

This month our theme is a Southern Potluck Dinner

Collage of six recipes to bring to a Southern Potluck Dinner Party.

As usual, our friends are bringing their A game with these recipes!

Every dish looks scrumptious.

In addition to our friends’ recipes, I’m sharing recipes I’ve created that would be great for a potluck dinner, as well as more Southern recipe ideas for each category.

Let’s dive in and see if we can find your next favorite Southern recipe.

Simple and Refreshing Watermelon Crush | Midwest Life and Style

Watermelon Crush Cocktail in a mason jar glass with handle from Midwest Life and Style.

Let’s kick things off with a recipe from our good friend Jen.

Her Simple and Refreshing Watermelon Crush is at the top of my list for new recipes to try this weekend!

Doesn’t it look delicious?

While lemonade and sweet tea are the beverages of choice at a Southern potluck, you can always kick things up a notch with one of these cocktails!

Classic Southern Deviled Eggs with Bacon | Simply2Moms

Wood serving board with bacon deviled eggs on it.

A quintessential Southern potluck dish has got to be deviled eggs.

I gave this traditional dish a little pizzazz with the help of everyone’s favorite: bacon.

You’re never going to guess the secret ingredient that makes my Classic Southern Deviled Eggs with Bacon completely irresistible!

Here are some other appetizers we love to see at a potluck dinner.

When it comes to appetizers in the South, it's clear that if the deviled egg is king, then pimento cheese is queen! And odds are, there will be something with corn...

The Best Authentic Southern Shrimp and Grits | The Ponds Farmhouse

Bowl of Shrimp and Grits from The Ponds Farmhouse.

One of the great things about a Southern potluck meal is the wide range of foods you’ll get to enjoy!

Our friend Rachel is sharing The Best Authentic Southern Shrimp and Grits and I’m looking forward to whipping it up for dinner next week.

When you think of the main dish at a Southern potluck, a few things come to mind immediately: fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and rich casseroles. Here are a few ideas to make if you're planning to bring a main dish to the potluck.

Southern Style Potato Salad | Stacy Ling of Bricks ‘n Blooms

Serving bowl of Southern Potato Salad from Stacy Ling.

If we’re being honest with ourselves, the real stars of any Southern potluck are the sides!

Southern side dishes are so mouthwatering and satisfying that lots of restaurants let you order a plate of sides as your entree.

The hardest part at a Southern restaurant is deciding which sides to choose. But at a potluck? You can try a little bit of all of them and no one will look twice.

Our friend Stacy is an amazing gardener and you can guarantee that any dish she makes is bursting with fresh ingredients she’s grown herself.

Even though she’s from New Jersey, her Southern Style Potato Salad gets my stamp of approval because she made it with the best mayonnaise out there!

If you’re looking for some more Southern side dish ideas, you’re bound to find something to tickle your fancy below.

Quick and Easy Cornbread Muffins | Eleanor Rose Home

Wood and marble pedestal stand with cornbread muffins from Eleanor Rose Home.

All the amazing side dishes at a Southern potluck are just begging for some bread to sop up the juices and dressings off your plate.

Our friend Heidi is sharing a delicious Cornbread Muffin recipe made with a secret ingredient that’s so ingenious it’s going to make you wonder why you never thought to try it!

Here are some more delicious recipes to whip up to bring to your next Southern potluck.

The Easiest Coconut Cream Pie | Vintage Home Designs

Plate with a slice of coconut cream pie from Vintage Home Designs

If you’ve ever been to a church supper or a Southern potluck, then you’re probably familiar with the phrase “keep your fork.”

If you’ve never heard the phrase, it’s shorthand for “keep your fork, the best is yet to come.” It’s also the phrase behind one of my favorite stories.

In other words, you’re gonna want that fork so you can enjoy a dessert. Or three!

Our friend Michele is sharing her recipe for one of my favorite Southern desserts: Coconut Cream Pie. You’re never going to believe how she makes it!

Dessert is always one of my favorite parts of any Southern potluck, so here are some more ideas for deliciously decadent Southern desserts.

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