Whether I'm hosting a potluck or attending one, I always feel like I'm scrambling to assemble the one dish that's required of me (among the hundreds of other things I need to do). Luckily, if you reach for your slow cooker, this mad-dash approach to cooking can pretty much be avoided. The appliance has the ability to churn out mains, sides, desserts, and even appetizers that will feed the whole crowd. Here are 10 great recipes to consider.
Have your friends bring buns, coleslaw, and a few sides and you've got the makings of a seriously awesome pulled pork potluck. Let guests assemble their sandwiches themselves and be sure there's plenty of cold beer on hand.
Bringing a bowl of caramelized onions might seem like an odd contribution to a potluck, but it's far from it. They can be piled on burgers, hot dogs, crostini, and more.
Bring a big batch of this party mix to the next potluck you're invited to and you're sure to get invited back. This is one of those recipes that you'll become famous for.
This mix of eggplant, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, and onions is a light and wholesome side dish to add to a potluck spread. It's also satisfying enough to act as a main dish for vegetarians.
Here's a great potluck main that feeds a crowd without breaking the bank. All you really need is some good hamburger buns to pile the meat on.
This recipe is infinitely adaptable: Use whatever mix of fruit you have on hand for the sweet sauce. Pack up a few containers of ice cream and you've got a simple potluck dessert.
Like a pulled pork potluck, a taco potluck is a guaranteed success. Have friends bring the corn tortillas, salsa, and guacamole to make it extra easy on yourself.
If you're making this cheesy dip to bring to a potluck, you can transfer it to an airtight container, then simply reheat it quickly on the stove before serving.
This classic cobbler is as sweet and juicy as a traditional oven-baked version, but it doesn't require that you heat up the house to bake it. Just don't forget the vanilla ice cream.
This Sicilian eggplant relish is sweet, sour, and utterly delicious. Bring it as an appetizer, along with crostini, or serve it as a condiment over grilled chicken or fish.