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20 Easy Recipes for a Southern Potluck

By: Ashley, Editor,

20 Easy Recipes for a Southern Potluck is a collection of down-home dishes ranging from entrees to desserts with a little bit of everything in between. What makes for a great Southern potluck dish? It should be portable, shareable and packed with enough flavor for all of your guests. To give your dishes a Southern flair, adding a little spice never hurts...if you enjoy spicy food, it's a great way to kick up the volume and really take in the famous tastes featured below the Mason-Dixon line. When making easy recipes for a Southern potluck, cook with some personality! These flavors are big and bold; don't be shy with adding in new additions or adding a new twist to the copycat restaurant recipes listed below.


20 Easy Recipes for a Southern Potluck 

20 Easy Recipes for a Southern Potluck

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Any southern dish worth its salt comes with a hearty helping of meat smothered in sauce. Take a peek at these down-home recipes below and pick what suits your fancy. Corral the family around the table to give them a try.

Popeye's Extra-Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken with Delta Sauce

  1. Bacon Wrapped Hotdogs with Copycat J-Dawg Sauce

  2. Copycat Pioneer Woman Cowboy Nachos with Pico de Gallo

  3. Copycat Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Chicken Salad

  4. Memphis Style Barbecue Ribs

  5. Copycat Chick-Fil-A Nuggets in a Slider

  6. Popeye's Extra-Crispy Spicy Fried Chicken with Delta Sauce - Shown


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No need to travel down south to try out some of these tantalizing side dishes. These recipes are a snap to make and take in the car to your next summer potluck. If you are a fan of corn recipes, there are sides here that will hit the spot.

Three Bean Frito Chip Salad

  1. Trisha Yearwood's Copycat Hot Corn Dip

  2. Three Bean Frito Chip Salad - Shown

  3. Cowboy Caviar

  4. Marie Callender's Corn Bread

  5. Homemade Sassy Barbecue Sauce



A list of easy recipes for a Southern potluck would not be complete without refreshing drinks. These simple drink ideas are perfect for lazy evenings spent lounging with family and friends.

Chick-Fil-A Lemonade

  1. Chick-Fil-A Lemonade - Shown

  2. Just Like McDonald's Sweet Tea

  3. Homemade Limoncello

  4. Simple Raspberry Liqueur


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The best way to end a Southern Potluck meal is with a blue-ribbon worthy dessert. Whether you want chocolate, ice cream or cupcakes, we've got 'em all. Saddle up for a delicious end to a satisfying meal.

Applebee's Maple Blondie

  1. Coca Cola Cake

  2. Copycat Paula Deen Orange Coffee Cake

  3. Bacon Beer and Cheese Cupcakes

  4. Applebee's Apple Walnut Blondie - Shown

  5. Ben & Jerry's Fresh Georgia Peach Ice Cream


What's your favorite easy recipe for a Southern potluck? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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