You’re living your best gluten-free life, then disaster strikes-
You’re invited to a potluck.
What in gluten-free God’s name are you supposed to bring that will not only keep your tummy safe from wheat but is also delicious enough for others to eat?
Look no further than this list of gluten-free potluck ideas. From planning tips n’ tricks to appetizers, entrees, desserts, and side dishes, you’ll be able to confidently strut your stuff to the party knowing everyone will rage over your “I can’t believe it’s gluten-free!!” meal.
Easy, Plain, and Simple Potluck Planning
Don’t be that person.
You know, the person who shows up asking to borrow the oven and refrigerator and bowls and spoons and the host’s firstborn child.
The host probably doesn’t have room because everyone is asking those same questions.
So, what do you do when you don’t know what to do?
It’s okay to ask for oven and refrigerator accommodations, as long as you ask ahead of time so you can be sure space is available.
Also, consider these questions to narrow down what kind of food to bring:
- What is the seating like? Can people walk around holding plates or will they be sitting down?
- What time of day is the party?
- Does the potluck have a theme or is it a holiday celebration?
Expert potluck tip:
Don’t forget to bring your own take-home containers. There might be leftovers, and it makes going home a whole lot easier (and faster if you’re the anti-social, but social type).
What NOT to Bring to a Potluck
Before diving into the list of DO-brings to potlucks, let’s talk about the DON’Ts:
- Soups (usually, there won’t be enough bowls)
- Assemble-yourself-items like tacos (too much hassle!)
- Sushi (can easily spoil sitting out)
- Unshelled nuts (a little too much work)
Gluten-Free Goods to Bring to Your Potluck Party
Now that we’ve covered the important basics of what not to bring to a potluck, it’s time to get to the goods:
The easiest gluten-free meals that will leave guests begging for the recipe, sending neighbor Jealous Judy into a glaring fit for stealing people away from her infamous dip.
Table of Contents:
- Easy Spinach Dip
- Zucchini Lasagna Cups
- Baked Mozzarella Sticks
- Buffalo Chicken Bites
- Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- Garlic Knots
- Corn Fritters
- Southwest Quinoa Salad
- Creamy Italian Pasta Salad
- Easy Cucumber Salad
- Lemon Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes
- Crustless Mini Quiche
- Favorite Classic Coleslaw
- Roasted Garlic Green Beans
- Baked Mac and Cheese
- Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
- Cheeseburger Fries Casserole
- Chicken Divan
- Pepperoni Pizza Bake
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Loaded Mashed Cauliflower Bake
- BBQ Meatballs
- Honey Mustard Pork Loin and Rice
- General Tso’s Chicken
- Easy Baked Beans
- Summer Frittata
- Pesto Chicken Risotto
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Greek Stuffed Peppers
- One-Pot Taco Skillet
- Sage Turkey Sausage Patties
- Italian Rice Ball Skillet
- Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet
- Creamy Lemon Chicken One-Pan Pasta
- Cheesy Skillet Cornbread
- Chocolate-Covered Bacon
- No-Bake Chocolate Cream Pie
- Lemon Squares
- Best Ever Chewy Fudgy Brownies
- Fruit Tart with Vanilla Cream
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Easy Blueberry Crisp
Gluten-Free Scrumptious Snacketizers
Who doesn’t love apps?
The first bite of food before a feast is always magically delicious, especially if the appetizer is magical in itself like the 7 listed below.
Spinach dip is the secret essential to any potluck.
It’s easy, delicious, and no one feels as guilty chowing it down because “spinach” is in the name...so that automatically means it’s healthy.
Noodles? Better than check. Zucchinis replace traditional noodles, making them surprisingly yummier?
This is the perfect dish to prove that gluten-free doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods.
Make the sticks ahead of time, pop them in the freezer, and then bake them right before you head out the door.
Buffalo Chicken Bites (pictured above!)
The chicken and buffalo combo is a staple to all American parties for some reason.
No one will even notice these bites are gluten-free. They’ll be too busy gobbling them up, licking their fingers, then asking you for the recipe.
Buffalo and chicken may be a party essential, but bacon is the key to any meat-lover’s heart.
There’s something super special about a spicy, salty, savory, but kinda sweet blend of flavors, and this bacon-wrapped jalapeno popper recipe is the epitome of this captivating blend.
Yup, these garlic knots are both gluten-free and whole grain. And mouthwatering. On top of wonderfully garlicky. And overall stunningly delicious.
Combine corn into a fritter?
This corn fritter recipe has a pop of spice, so tread carefully if you don’t want to leave guests crying into their plates.
Going to a potluck with lots of kids?
Check out these 21 gluten-free snacks for kids!
Gluten-Free Super Delish Side Dishes
I’m just gonna say it:
Side dishes are the perfect out for lazies everywhere, and I 100% respect it.
They require little to no effort, and you still get host brownie points. But use the following side dish recipes? You’ll be on the host’s fav list forever.
Salads bring so much to the table. Literally.
The slew of ingredients and colors makes it look like a gorgeous pile of goodness that took hours to make. When in reality? 10 minutes tops.
Everyone loves pasta, and no one will be able to tell you made this recipe with gluten-free noodles.
They’ll be too distracted by the amazingness happening in their mouths.
Easy Cucumber Salad (pictured above!)
Cut the cucs!
Cucumbers are one of those fantastic vegetables that soak up any taste you pair it with. In this case, it’s parsley, dill, garlic, red onion, and honey.
Don’t let the deceivingly long name fool you. These potatoes only take 6 simple steps to make, one of which is preheating the oven.
So really, only 5.
Don’t worry, no one will miss the crust.
Before you use the eggs, place them in a large bowl filled with cold water. If they all sink to the bottom, they’re fresh. If some float to the top, those are rotten. This way you don’t crack a bajillion eggs into your bowl, only to have one rotten egg ruin the whole batch.
This favorite classic coleslaw recipe is dairy-free, too! And of course, yummy beyond measure.
These green beans are even better than normal, as they’re coated in garlic and roasted to heavenly perfection in the oven.
Gluten-Free Melt-In-Your-Mouth Casseroles
Casseroles get my soul.
They’re the definition of flying by the seat of your pants:
You just throw everything in and hope it works out, but you certainly won’t be questioning results with these 7 delish, guest-proof casserole recipes!
Baked Mac and Cheese (pictured above!)
It doesn’t matter whether you’re 2 or 52. Mac and cheese is for all ages.
Bring on the taco town.
Or in this case, easy enchilada town.
Cheeseburgers and fries are spectacular on their own.
Pair them together?
It’s like your mouth traveled to a whole nother dimension:
Crunchy, soft french fries, flavorful ground beef, and a touch of ketchup all in one.
As you know, it’s so hard to enjoy a creamy casserole while gluten-free since most of them are centered around flour-based, thick soups.
Not this one!
You make your own creamy soup here without the gluten (it’s easy, I promise) and toss it together with broccoli, chicken, cheese, and gluten-free breadcrumbs.
Oh heyyyyy, super deep dish pizza.
...that’s also gluten-free?
You heard that right. This is a pepperoni pizza quinoa bake without gluten but with all the cheese and pepperoni you could possibly imagine.
Anything that has the word “pie” in it is bound to get some mouths watering.
Guests won’t even realize it’s cauliflower until you tell them, which automatically makes you the hero of the evening.
Gluten-Free Irresistibly Good Slow Cooker Ideas
The real question:
Is it a slow cooker or a smart cooker?
Let’s go with smart.
Slow cookers are one of the greatest kitchen appliances invented on the planet, especially when we’re talking potlucks! Not only do they do most of the work for you, but they make transporting food (and keeping it warm!) a breeze.
These babies are chocked full of garlic, onion, your favorite BBQ sauce, and gluten-free breadcrumbs.
It’s safe to say they’ll be gone within an hour.
Mmmmm, we’re treading fancy food territory here, even though this is one of the simplest recipes ever with under 10 ingredients.
You can pair this with either basmati or cauliflower rice and garnish with a hefty amount of green onions to take this dish to the top.
Beans cooked in the slow cooker are just paradise.
The bacon in this recipe adds that extra depth of comfort and coziness, along with the molasses that instantly karate chops the beans to black belt status.
Summer Frittata (pictured above!)
This summer frittata looks like it came straight out of a 5-star restaurant, but you know it has a fraction of the work involved.
Did someone say pesto?
Here’s a no-stir, no-fuss, no-muss chicken risotto recipe with the perfect amount of pesto to send your tastebuds flying to the end of the rainbow.
The first time I made eggplant parmesan it took me blood, sweat, tears, and 5 hours of my life.
Now I’m wondering why couldn’t I have just started with this easy slow cooker recipe!
It will leave everyone thinking you totes slaved over the stove for them when all you did was watch Love Is Blind and smell the dish come together from the couch.
Gluten-Free Fancy Shmancy (but still simple) Main Dishes
On the day of the potluck, you wake up with a twinkle in your eye:
You feel like cookin’ somethin’ fancy.
(Rolling your eyes like HECK NO? I feel that, too. Skip to desserts.)
However, if this could be you, I have the perfect recipes for you to try.
Greek stuffed peppers are where it’s at.
This recipe leads with strong spices, parsley, chickpeas, and more, creating a finger-lickin’-good, delightful dinner.
Think all of the amazing aspects of tacos smushed together in a skillet, then add another 277% of deliciousness.
Simple. Easy on the eyes. And tasty beyond belief.
That’s what these sage turkey patties are like.
Okay, but who doesn’t like Italian food?
There’s always a divine blend of carbs, tomato sauce, and cheese. In this case, gluten-free rice is the carb and makes for an excellent potluck feature.
Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet (pictured above!)
One skillet, two hands, and only a few ingredients.
The sweet potatoes, chorizo, and black beans create a total melt-in-your-mouth escapade without leaving your digestive system in the dust.
Pasta already looks so dreamy, and when you add a touch of cream and lemon, magic happens.
Here comes the corn again!
Except this time, it’s gluten-free cornbread with cheddar cheese and tasso ham.
Gluten-Free Talk of the Town Sweets
You know how “desserts” spelled backward is “stressed?”
Well, there’s definitely zilch, zero, nada stress with these gluten-free potluck desserts!
Everyone will rave over this chocolate-covered bacon recipe– gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, and sugar-free.
But not bland or boring at all.
No-bake means easy to create!
This pie has a gluten-free pretzel crust with a super chocolatey, creamy filling.
Converting a traditional lemon bar recipe to gluten-free is so simple it should be a crime.
Gluten-free connoisseurs know the struggle of getting brownies just right.
After all, gluten-free baking is a lot more different than you’d expect.
But not to worry.
These chewy, fudgy brownies can please the whole crowd, gluten-free or not.
Fruit Tart with Vanilla Cream (pictured above!)
This fruit tart has no limits on the sublime spectrum.
Both brilliant to look at and tasty to eat!
There’s always room for more cookies on the dessert table!
And this recipe ensures your chocolate chip cookies don’t turn out dry, brittle, and gritty while being gluten-free.
Got 3 cups of fresh bloobs you don’t know what to do with before they go bad?
Make gluten-free blueberry crisp!
Healthier than most desserts, full of fiber, vegan, and most importantly, quick and easy, your blueberry crisp will totally beat out the other crumbles and cobblers.
How to Avoid Gluten-Ridden Foods at a Potluck
The age-old question for gluten-free dieters everywhere:
What can I eat?
Sadly at a potluck, there’s no way to be sure what you’re eating is 100% gluten-free since it didn’t come from your own kitchen.
You have two solutions:
- Stick to your own gluten-free dish.
- Bring your own personal gluten-free dish.
It might sound counterintuitive to bring your single-person dish to a potluck, but if it’s safer than potentially putting yourself at risk, it’s worth it!
If it makes you too uncomfy, that’s okay! Just make sure you get enough of your for-everyone gluten-free dish so that you don’t end up going hungry.
At the end of the day, it never hurts to ask if there’s gluten in a specific meal, too. People are usually more than understanding when it comes to allergies. Before you attend, you could even ask other guests if they have allergies, too, and you’ll be able to coordinate different allergy-friendly meals, labels for dishes, and devoted tables.
Potlucks should be about enjoying yourself, eating with your friends, and feeling like you’re a part of the group– not about feeling like the odd one out!
3 Extra Tips for Making a Gluten-Free Potluck Meal
Potlucks have some extra etiquette because there’s so much food involved. In your planning stages, keep these 3 tips in mind:
- Focus on bite-sized or small portions for apps and side dishes
- Pre-cut portions (like cut lasagna into squares)
- Light to none on the mayo in salads (can spoil in the summer and can be too heavy for some people)
Ready to start shopping for your GF goodies?
Luck is in your corner now with these 42 recipes, tips, and tricks for a fabulously crafted gluten-free potluck meal.
Ready to smash it?
Dang right you are.
Interested in learning more about gluten-free baking? Check out our article "Breaking Down Gluten-Free Baking Science... In an Easy, Non-Sciency Way"
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