10 of the best Southern dishes to take to a potluck

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'Tis the season for potlucks and get-togethers. While entertaining guests can be a lot of fun, planning a meal to feed a group is stressful. Impressing your friends with your culinary skills has never been so easy. If you're looking for a dish that's unique and tastes down-home delicious, I've got a few for you to try out.
Check out these 10 Southern-inspired recipes for your next potluck.
1. Crockpot collard greens (h/t Moms with Crockpots)
Is there anything more Southern than collard greens? There's no need to spend hours slaving over the stove for a party side dish, though. Just let your slow cooker do all the work, and then accept the accolades for your top-notch greens.
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2. Shrimp and grits
Is there anything more evocative of the South than grits? The recipe below pairs a savory cornmeal base with a slightly spiced shrimp-and-sausage mixture – a classic recipe you'll love. Use smoked Southern andouille sausage to give this dish the best flavor. Get the full recipe here.
3. Southern black-eyed peas (h/t Recipes for our Daily Bread)
This delish side dish is a great option for gatherings because you can toss a bunch of peas in the slow cooker with the seasonings and let it all cook for a few hours. A tasty tip is to throw a ham bone into the slow cooker. The beans will soak up the flavor.
4. Southern peach cobbler
No Southern potluck get together is complete without peach cobbler. This version has only 6 ingredients. Get the full recipe here.
5. Creamy ranch Crockpot potatoes (h/t Family Fresh Meals)
This twist on a potato salad will leave everyone begging for seconds. It's amazing what a little ranch seasoning and some cream cheese will do. This recipe serves four.
6. Instant pot spicy jambalaya
Louisiana cuisine is known for its spicy kick and liberal use of smoked meats and shellfish. Jambalaya combines all of these elements in a one-pot rice casserole. The recipe below gets a hearty dash of spice from Creole seasoning and hot pepper sauce. To make it even spicier, add a diced jalapeño or serrano pepper along with the onions and other vegetables. Get the full recipe here.
7. Buttermilk cornbread
Cornbread is one of the cornerstone foods that the South is so famous for. Every region – perhaps even every family – has its own special recipe. The recipe below gets a distinct tang and richness by incorporating buttermilk. In true southern style, there’s no sugar added to the recipe. Don’t let that stop you from drenching it in honey butter, though. Get the full recipe here.
8. Southern Cobb salad with sweet onion dressing
This is a Southern dish that screams "go big, or go home!" This recipe serves six, but it can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger group. I love the decorative touch of laying the mixer-ingredients on top of the greens. It's pretty and appetizing. Get the full recipe here.
9. Cajun-style corn maque choux (h/t Noshtastic)
Try this Louisiana favorite with a twist! Adding bacon instead of celery contributes a smoky flavor that brings the rest of the ingredients together. This potluck-friendly recipe takes 30 minutes to prep and is best served hot.
10. Copycat Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole
This homemade version of the restaurant favorite is sure to be a hit at your next party. The dish is packed full of onion, cheese and potato — and takes less than an hour from start to finish. Get the full recipe here.
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