Inexpensive Potluck Dishes for Spring

Potlucks are a fun way to spend time with others. But with a tight grocery budget it can be hard for us to spend a lot of money on our dishes.

Inexpensive spring potluck dishes to the rescue! These recipes are perfect for a crowd. They’re also inexpensive. And tasty. Because we don’t want to bring yucky food to a potluck.

Macaroni Salad

After the hearty foods of winter, a cool and refreshing macaroni salad really hits the spot. Here’s an inexpensive rendition for our next potluck. We can also add diced ham, to make it more of a main dish salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound macaroni elbows, cooked and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Procedure:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, milk, lemon juice, and salt in a large bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add diced vegetables and stir.
  3. Stir in the cooked macaroni elbows.
  4. Season with pepper and additional salt if desired.
  5. Cover bowl and place in fridge for a couple of hours before serving so the flavors meld together.
  6. Stir well before enjoying.

Homemade Rolls

Homemade rolls are delicious, and use mostly pantry staples so there’s no need to buy any expensive ingredients. Here’s a quick recipe that’ll make 24 rolls:

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons yeast (money saving tip—buy it in bulk!)
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup margarine or butter

Procedure:

  1. Place milk, water, and butter in a saucepan and heat over medium until the butter melts. Remove from heat and let cool until the mixture is about 120 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 1 ½ cups flour with sugar, yeast, and salt.
  3. Carefully pour in warm milk mixture.
  4. Stir until well combined.
  5. Add the rest of the flour, a cup at a time, to make a stiff dough.
  6. Knead the dough for 2 minutes.
  7. Place kneaded dough in a greased bowl for 15 minutes to rise.
  8. Divide dough into 24 pieces and shape into balls.
  9. Place on two greased round cake pans.
  10. Let rise while the oven preheats to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

Popcorn Cake

We think this is a fun, inexpensive dessert. We like to use the pastel M&Ms to add a spring flair to the dish.

Ingredients:

  • 12 cups popped popcorn, unpopped kernels removed
  • 1 16 oz. bag of marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup plain M&Ms

Procedure:

  1. Spray a Bundt cake pan with cooking spray
  2. Place popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Add the M&Ms and stir.
  3. Put oil, butter, and marshmallows in a saucepan and heat over low heat until the butter and marshmallows melt. Stir frequently to avoid scorching.
  4. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn, and stir well.
  5. Push popcorn mixture into the prepared pan.
  6. Allow to cool, then invert the pan and remove the popcorn cake. Slice, and serve.

Enjoy the Potluck!

All three of these dishes would be a welcomed addition at any potluck this spring. Enjoy!

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