10 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes

Dinner,Featured Article,Recipes,Special Occasions
April 15, 2011

Whether for a weekend gathering or a friendly potluck, here are 10 recipes that will send a hungry bunch back for seconds.

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Unless you're a professional caterer, cooking for a crowd can be intimidating. You need a recipe that works well in big batches, casts a wide net in terms of flavor appeal and doesn't break the bank with expensive ingredients. Lobster Thermidor for two is lovely; for 10, it's a burden, both in cost and prep time.

Here are 10 doable, delicious main dishes, sides and desserts that are guaranteed to please while standing out from the crowd just enough to get noticed—and devoured.

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Colorful Orzo Veggies

Great for potlucks, this simple dish is perfect as a vegetarian entrée or as a side.

Baked Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti

Pasta and a red sauce with chicken, mushrooms and cheese.

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Mississippi Caviar

This bean-based salsa is a hit at parties.

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10 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes

Whether for a weekend gathering or a friendly potluck, here are 10 recipes that will send a hungry bunch back for seconds.

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Ham and Swiss Florentine Bake

This comfort casserole combines eggs, ham and spinach.

Potatoes au Gratin

Potatoes au Gratin

Buttery mashed potatoes get a broiled Parmesan topping.

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Boston Baked Beans

This classic bean dish, with ham, molasses and mustard, is cooked for hours in a slow oven.

Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

A luscious caramel frosting with coconut and pecans tops this potluck-perfect chocolate cake.

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Bourbon Brownies with Cocoa Nibs

A blond, boozy brownie rich with chocolate chips.

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