Potlucks have been around for hundreds of years, though they began differently than what we see today.
Originally, a potluck was an unplanned meal, often cooked in a pot. If you had an unexpected guest arrive, they would be fed whatever was available — a “luck of the draw,” or potluck.
Today a potluck is a gathering of people who each bring their own dish to share. It’s a great opportunity to try new things, exchange recipes, and catch up with friends and family.
Below, we’ve compiled the list of ideas starting with the letter “K”.
In addition to bake-and-take dishes, you’ll find grab-and-go options as well snack food suggestions. These can be helpful if you’re short on time and need to pick up something last minute or if you’re trying to please picky eaters.
For more ideas on how to choose what to bring to a potluck, see our tips below the list for finding your perfect dish, or check out our list of party foods that start with each letter.
Kidney bean salad
Kit Kat cookies
Key lime pie
Kimchi fried rice
Kung Pao chicken
Kosher pickle wraps
Krispy Kreme donuts
baked or fried dough with filling
Kangaroo-shaped sugar cookies
Japanese short-grained rice
Kite-shaped Rice Krispie treats with Sour Punch straw tails
sweet potato pie
dish made from egg, fish, and rice
cured and smoked herring
chip dip made from cream cheese and ketchup
West African peanut cakes
turnip cabbage casserole
Ideas for Coming up With Your Perfect Potluck Dish
Not all potlucks are alike and deciding on what to bring can be tricky.
Here are a few tips to help you come up with the perfect dish to share!
- Consider the other guests. If you’re headed to a kids’ party, it might be fun to decorate your food. Make a smiley face from pepperonis or cut cheese slices cut into stars. If you’re having a potluck at work, however, you may want to steer clear of anything that can get too messy. Whatever the occasion, think about who’ll be sharing your meal.
- Check with others. No one wants to show up with the same dish as four other people! Sign-up lists can be a lifesaver in this situation. If there isn’t one, it’s always a good idea to ask around to avoid duplicates.
- Break out the family recipes. If you’ve racked your brain and everyone else’s and still can’t quite find the right dish, check with family members for tried and true recipes. If you grew up with a grandma who serves the best pie around or one of your parents can barbeque like no other, ask for the recipe. Everyone loves the classics and chances are you’ll enjoy making something that holds treasured memories.