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27 Delicious Recipes For A Summer Potluck

Asking the hostess to reheat your dish in a 350°F oven for 17 minutes is so much worse than bringing nothing at all.

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1) It travels well. If it won't make it through an hour on the passenger seat of your car while you swerve through summer traffic, it doesn't make the cut.

2) It can be stored and served at room temperature. Heating it up when you get to the party is too much of an imposition on your host. And, refrigerator space is limited and, frankly, better used for beer.

3) It doesn't take long to make. You have a party to get to.

3. Caprese Chopped Salad

Lettuce salads can be a mess to toss when you're making a big one for a large group of people. Also, they wilt when they sit out for too long. Caprese stays fresh for hours, and the vinaigrette and basil continue to flavor the tomatoes as it sits. Recipe here.

5. Asian Watermelon Salad

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Really, this one is all about throwing delicious things into a bowl in vague quantities and ending up with a pile of deliciousness, no matter what. Recipe here.

13. Chili-Garlic Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

I understand that roasted potatoes don't scream "summer" but really, does anything pair better with grilled steak? Roast 'em the night before and refrigerate, but make sure they have enough time to come to room temperature before serving. Recipe here.

14. Salty and Malty Brown Butter Treats

No one will call you immature for bringing rice krispie treats to a party if they're laced with brown butter and studded with malted milk balls. Recipe here.

23. Hogs in a Blanket

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Make classic pigs in a blanket a little bit more high-brow by using andouille sausage. Don't worry, it's not actually any more difficult, and there are still only five ingredients. Recipe here.

27. Ginger and Vanilla Peach Upside Down Cake

Don't flip it out of the pan until dessert is served, and you won't have to worry about anything getting smushed or falling out of place. Recipe here.

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