Between all the last-minute shopping and baking in the kitchen, the Christmas season keeps moms especially busy. When it comes time to take a dish to the company potluck or family gathering at grandma’s house, you just want something that’s easy to throw together and picky-eater proof.
If you’re searching for the perfect side dish to throw together this Christmas, we’ve got some great ideas for you. These recipes all come together easily and are excellent options for every palate. In fact, you’ll win over the children and the adults with these 10 Christmas potluck recipes.
Bacon Mac & Cheese Bombs
Via Ready, Set, Eat
Turn everyone’s favorite side dish into a delicious finger food with this easy-to-prep recipe from Allrecipes.com. It just requires 8 ingredients and comes together in less than 45 minutes. The best part? This recipe is easy to modify if you’re hosting any vegetarian friends or family this Christmas.
Maple-Sausage Cheese Balls
This flavorful twist on a classic holiday favorite will quickly become everyone’s favorite at this year’s Christmas potluck. These sausage cheese balls combine jalapeño and maple sausage, plus provide the option for a tasty maple mustard dipping sauce. Mouths will water over these, I guarantee it! You can view the full recipe at Tablespoon.com.
Instant Pot Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Via Wonder Mom Wannabe
Yummy Cracker Snacks
Via Taste of Home
If you’re looking for that perfect blend of sweet and salty that goes over well with everyone, consider whipping up these Yummy Cracker Snacks. Although they just require a few simple steps, you can get crafty by adding a white chocolate drizzle or crushed peppermint, too. Trust me, these sweet treats will quickly disappear and have everyone at the party begging for more! You can find this super simple recipe, which uses just 5 ingredients on Taste of Home.
Ham & Cheese Sliders
If you need an entree or even as an appetizer, that everyone loves, look no further than these delicious ham and cheese sliders! For younger, less developed palates, you can forgo the Dijon mustard and Poppy seeds. These sliders are also easy to prep the night before, then throw them in the oven when it’s time for the potluck. Win-win!
Marshmallow Fruit Dip
Via Julie Blanner
If you’re the kind of person who is more likely to serve up dinner through UberEats or DoorDash, you’ll love this super simple potluck dish. Kids love the dip and everyone else appreciates the healthy, colorful fruits to add to their overflowing plates. For the full recipe (which comes together in just 10 minutes!), visit Taste of Home.
Loaded Tot Cups
Even the pickiest eaters love cheese and french fries. So why not bring them the best of both worlds, while also satisfying all the football-loving men with these Loaded Tot Cups? It’s my personal go-to, if I need something warm that comes together in 30 minutes or less. And if you’ve got some guests, who aren’t fans of sour cream, you can always leave it off to the side.
Via The Kitchen Snob
Believe it or not, dessert lasagna is a thing — and you need to make it for this year’s Christmas potluck. The preparation is simple, but the taste is to die for. If the kids refuse to eat anything else, we promise every single one will line up to put this tasty treat on their plate. You can find the full recipe and a how-to video on Southern Living’s website.
Via Stuck on Sweet
One of my family’s favorite potluck dishes is this Fruit Salad. Kids think it tastes like dessert and adults can get away with calling it their servings of fruit for the day. It comes together so easily and can definitely be made the night before.
Via Ashlee Marie
One of my favorite dishes at any holiday potluck is some tasty, flavorful meatballs like these ones from Food Network. They’re a great make-ahead dish and the perfect appetizer, while hungry children wait for the main course, to get out of the oven. And if you’re the kind of person who loves “fix and forget dishes,” then you probably already know just how great meatballs work for an easy potluck dish!