Our Favorite Christmas Potluck Ideas

From easy to epic, here are the best recipes for every holiday potluck.

December 19, 2019

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Bringing more than just presents on Christmas Day? It can be daunting to figure out a dish that is both festive and feast-worthy, so identify a category that appeals to you from the list below, and then choose from there. Whether you’re a Pinterest perfectionist, a traditionalist, a fan of the sides or someone who likes a good nip from the punch bowl, we’ve rounded up perfect Christmas potluck options.

Make the grazers happy.

Broil these bacon-wrapped and goat cheese-stuffed figs right before you head out to your party—they'll be great at room temperature. You can drizzle with a little balsamic syrup or honey.

These crostini with thyme-roasted tomatoes are the perfect two-bite nosh and can be assembled at home and stacked in storage containers for transporting.

Ask your host if you can borrow the oven for 30 to 35 minutes to bake this brie until warm and gooey. Sprinkle with a cranberry-pecan-bacon crumble.

Or bring a jolly wreath-shaped cheeseball (pictured) along with a basket of your favorite crackers.

Make a Greek potato and garlic dip (aka skordalia) and serve with pita and fresh veggies for dipping.

This walnut-pepper spread is completely unexpected: guests will love scooping it up with veggies or slathering on a cracker with ricotta cheese.

Bring pita chips to serve with this spicy pumpkin dip.

Pack the punch.

Top off this cranberry punch (pictured) with some prosecco at the party.

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Photo by: Kate Mathis

Kate Mathis

Make this brandy-spiked red wine punch the night before and transport in an empty water jug.

Beer drinkers will be happy with this pomegranate punch—try using an American lager.

Bring (back) tradition.

Make a batch of nonalcoholic eggnog and have a bottle of bourbon stashed for adults who want to add a splash.

Bring a platter of gingerbread cookies: if there are kiddos at the party then pack a batch of royal icing and sprinkles and let the decorating commence.

Or do the same with classic sugar cookies.

Make a super old school buche de noel and flex.

Knock their socks off with a salad (yes, salad).

The juicy persimmons, creamy blue cheese and toasty pecans make this kale salad a crowd pleaser.

Go full holiday mode and build this Christmas tree antipasto salad (pictured) on a large wooden cutting board which makes transporting easy.

Make everyone rethink pasta salad and make this ravioli dish made with tomatoes, onion and olives.

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Photo by: Lucy Schaeffer

Lucy Schaeffer

Let your creativity show and build a classic nicoise salad on a pretty platter.

Bring a festive red and green Christmas pasta salad.

Sneak in a winning side dish.

Potatoes and parsnips never looked so good: invert this savory tarte tatin onto a large platter or cutting board.

Make sweet and sour Brussels sprouts with a hint of heat from red jalapeno.

This corn casserole is a dump and bake and a kid favorite.

Skip the traditional sweet potato casserole and blow everyone's mind with these impressive hasselback spuds.

Bring the sweet salty with these roasted beets with feta.

Seriously steal the show with this epic cheesy scalloped potato bundt.

Make a pot of smoky and toothsome collards greens—while they stew throw together your favorite cornbread recipe.

These pomegranate glazed apples are an unexpected side dish: they reheat well in the microwave.

Break bread.

Make these pull apart parker house rolls with special melted butters for dipping.

Impress everyone with a loaf of the bakery-quality no knead peasant bread.

Bring good butter to slather on slices of rosemary bread.

Be a hero, volunteer to make the main.

Super simple with a glaze that looks like a million bucks this ham (pictured) is easy to transport.

Make this horseradish crusted steak roulade and wait to carve it at your host's house.

You don’t have to carve: consider making a pot of brilliant red posole and top with cilantro and avocado for a pop of color.

Don’t forget special diets.

Give vegetarian guests something to carve with this mustard-Parmesan whole roasted cauliflower.

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Matt Armendariz

Encourage all guest to pile on these vegan scalloped potatoes: they won’t miss the dairy.

Let keto-dieters have a sweet with this keto cheesecake.

Those avoiding gluten will be grateful for these gluten-free sugar cookies.

Win the Pinterest award.

Show off with this raspberry snowflake bread—make sure you take a photo before guests pull it apart.

Same goes for this savory Christmas tree pull apart bread.

Or go vertical and win first place with this cheese and cracker Christmas tree (pictured).

Be everyone's favorite, bring dessert.

There won't be anything morsel left of these creamy chocolate cheesecake candy cane bars.

Make an interactive dessert and build this cupcake pull apart gingerbread man (pictured) on a large platter or cutting board.

Serve this beautiful meringue wreath with homemade cranberry sauce.

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Heather Ramsdell, Food Network 2016

Start a new tradition with this Thai coffee poke cake: make sure you bring whipped cream fixings.

Skip pie and make this creamy cheesecake-stuffed pumpkin bread instead.

Bring a batch of these chewy and crunchy cranberry-orange cookies.

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