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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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THE PERFECT POTLUCK DISH FITS CERTAIN GUIDELINES:

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.

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3. Caprese Chopped Salad

bakedinthesouth.com

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.

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13. Chili-Garlic Roasted Potatoes with Fresh Herbs

whiteonricecouple.com

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.

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23. Hogs in a Blanket

Chris Court / foodandwine.com

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.