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Church Ladies’ Favorite Potluck Recipes: Side Dishes

Part 2 of 4 in the Series

We are continuing in the Church Ladies’ Potluck series this week. A few of the best potluck side dishes some of the ladies have made are featured this week.

church ladies' potluck side dishes

Potluck Meals

Who doesn’t love a good potluck meal? Most potlucks give you such a great variety of food, that they not only reach many people with their different tastes, but each person gets to have many of their favorite foods, all in one meal. 

Our Monthly Church Potlucks

Our church plans a potluck meal once a month.  It is always set on the third Wednesday of the month.  There is something about a country church and the ladies who cook the meals – they are great cooks! I have also seen that they can take me back to my childhood in a flash with some of the vintage recipes. It is funny how as the times change, you forget certain meals.

If you have read my posts or know me at all, you know that I am all about tasty but easy recipes, in fact, the easier the better!  This week’s shared recipes are all easy side dishes. I hope you enjoy!

Church Ladies’ Favorite Potluck Recipes Series

I want to showcase some of these delicious recipes and the ladies who make them. Last week’s post was all about the ladies’ favorite salads. This post shares some of the easy side dishes from our last church potluck. The following two weeks will be Main Meals and Desserts. 

This Week’s Potluck Side Dishes

1 – Glazed Carrots (Yvonne Rollins)

These carrots are tender and sweet. What a great way to get some Beta-carotene in your diet!

potluck side dishes glazed carrots



  1. Place carrots into a large saucepan, and add enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender when pierced with a fork. (8 – 10 min.)
  2. Drain and transfer to a bowl.
  3. Melt butter in the same pan; stir brown sugar, honey, salt, and pepper into the butter until mixed well.
  4. Add the carrots back to the pan and stir until carrots are glazed with the sauce. Cook about 5 more minutes.

2 – Macaroni & Cheese (Sylvia Brewer)

potluck side dishes macaroni and cheese

This Macaroni & Cheese is very creamy and cheesy. This was the first time Sylvia had brought this dish, and it was a big hit!



  1. Cook and drain macaroni according to package directions.
  2. While hot, add cheese.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients and add to the macaroni.
  4. Bake 30-45 minutes at 350.
  5. You can add more cheese to the top after baking if desired.

3 – Corn Casserole (Mine by Granny Grace)

This is one of my favorite recipes that my grandmother passed down to me. It is super easy and so delicious. It has just a touch of sweetness in it. To me, it is the perfect side dish. I could actually eat this one as the main course!

potluck side dishes corn casserole


I love handwritten recipes! The picture is blurry, but this one is in Granny’s handwriting on a scrap of paper.

Granny Grace's Corn Casserole Recipe in her handwriting


  1. Stir all of the ingredients together.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees until firm (30 – 45 Minutes)

4 – Au Gratin Potatoes (Jay Sikes – He is not a “Church Lady,” but he has great recipes!)

I love it when Jay experiments with recipes. This Au Gratin Potatoes Recipe was a result of one of those experiments this summer. It is a delicious potato casserole that everyone will love!

potluck side dishes au gratin potatoes



  1. Layer some of the sliced potatoes in the bottom of a sprayed baking dish.
  2. Add a layer of sliced mushrooms and onions on top of the potatoes, and season well.
  3. Warm the butter and soup together on the stove to make a creamy sauce.
  4. Add a layer of the soup mixture and then add cheese to the top.
  5. Start over with the layers, using all of the ingredients and ending with the cheese on top.
  6. Bake in a 350 degrees preheated oven for 45 -60 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender and the top is golden brown.


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Other Delicious Potluck Side Dishes to Consider

Some of the best side dishes are just vegetables, cooked and seasoned. This is by no means a complete list, but some of these delicious side dishes could become your go-to recipes for potlucks.  They are super simple.

  • Green Beans
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Sweet Potatoes, especially in the fall
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Traditional Potato Salad
  • Creamy Potato Salad
  • Hash Brown Casserole
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Wild Rice
  • Dressing or Stuffing
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Italian Pasta Salad
  • Pinto or Black Beans with Homemade Cornbread
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Greens
  • Broccoli Cheese Casserole
  • Fresh Fruits

I hope some of these easy potluck side dishes and ideas will be helpful at your next potluck gathering. Please share your favorite side dish for potlucks or the one you tend to make all the time.

If you want to join our next potluck meal at church, we would love to have you! I promise that you won’t be disappointed! The food is always great, but the best part is the people.


I would love to have you join me each week as we look at faith, food, and family. Remember to follow along next week to see all of the main dishes the ladies have shared.

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Other Favorite Potluck Recipes

Part 1 in the Series – Salads

Best Secrets for Your Dish to Win the Next Potluck – This post has a great recipe on it, but she also shares so many great tips and ideas (creative ones) for your next potluck.

Until next week…

Have a Grace & Joy-Filled Day!



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  1. I needed this list so much, Susan! We are headed back to our hometown this weekend and are having a potluck-style fall festival at my aunt’s house and I had no idea what to bring. They signed me up for dessert but I am definitely going to bookmark this post so I can have it at the ready the next time we meet. It’s a huge help! Hugs, CoCo

    1. I’m glad it will be of help. As far as a dessert is concerned, the Pumpkin dessert you shared last week looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it! Have fun at the Fall Festival!

  2. Granny Grace’s Corn Casserole looks so very tasty. Thanks for sharing on SSPS, hope to see you again next week.

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