Sensational 9x13 Summer Potluck Recipes We're Making All Season Long
Summertime is the best time for a Southern potluck full of dishes that take advantage of summer’s vibrant bounty from farmers' markets, local farm stands, or even your own backyard. Unlike during the holidays, summer potlucks let you make it more about the fresh peaches, tomatoes, okra, corn, summer squash, and peas than anything else. Fresh, easy, and pretty enough for a get-together, these summer potluck recipes will showcase every bright and colorful thing we love about summer. From packed-to-the-brim vegetable gratins to freshened-up pasta bakes, these easy summer casseroles will wow the crowd and disappear faster than those fleeting summer days. To top it off, we included some easy summer desserts for a crowd that’ll be easy to make and even easier to take, thanks to your 9x13 baking dish. Here are our favorite 9x13 summer potluck recipes you need to whip up this season.
Savory Tomato Cobbler
Recipe: Savory Tomato Cobbler
Celebrate tomato season with this heavenly favorite—and who says all of your summer cobblers need to be peach-laden?
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Can you name a better summertime trio than zucchini, squash, and corn? Bound together with a cheesy, creamy filling, this bright dish gets beautifully golden on top to match that sunny weather.
Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
This casserole is full of summer color with broccoli, bell peppers, and colorful spinach-and-cheese tortellini. This crowd-pleasing recipe will be one of the first to disappear.
Creamy Chicken and Collard Green Enchiladas
Put even more color into your creamy enchilada bake by packing it with some collards. Sure, the filling of buttery sautéed collards, shredded chicken, and Monterey Jack cheese that fills corn tortillas is tasty; but it's the topping of green chile sauce and even more cheese that seals the deal.
Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, and Greens Casserole
Big chunks of fresh vegetables—cauliflower, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, butter beans—mingle with a creamy cheese sauce and tender kale to make up this meat-free casserole that'll shine at your summer potluck.
You can never go wrong when showing up with a poppyseed casserole in tow. This version uses traditional egg noodles, diced turkey, and plenty of creamy sauce to get the job done.
Marian's Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding
Recipe: Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding
This veggie-packed bread pudding takes all of your favorite summer produce and turns it into a rich Southern delicacy. You can even mix and match vegetables you have on hand for this recipe, ranging from okra and tomatoes to summer squash and mushrooms.
Zucchini Rice Gratin
Recipe: Zucchini Rice Gratin
Lighten up your potluck offering with this mayo-free casserole speckled with zucchini straight from your garden. It's so easy and fresh that you’ll make it all spring and summer long.
Old-School Squash Casserole
This classic will make the most of the harvest. You can't go wrong when showing up with this bright, summery crowd favorite.
Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Loads of in-season squash and tomatoes give a freshness to this classic dish that's almost always seen at Southern reunions, potlucks, and funerals. Fresh mozzerella and basil top off the dish in a delicious fashion.
Okra and Rice Casserole
Recipe: Okra and Rice Casserole
Tender sautéed okra, sweet corn, bell pepper, and tomatoes give this dish so much bright summery color. Cajun spices and buttery garlic breadcrumbs make sure it doesn't skimp on the flavor.
Reunion Pea Casserole
Recipe: Reunion Pea Casserole
This bright casserole packs a delicious punch. The stuffed-to-the-brim dish is full of Italian sausage, cheese, squash, and peas—then it's finished off with a buttery crescent roll crust.
Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up
Recipe: Deb Wise’s Tamale Pie Mix-up
One of our favorite quick-fix dishes to bring to the summer potluck, this take on a tamale pie is packed with a filling of ground beef, cornmeal, tomato sauce, and corn that gets finished with a layer of gooey cheese.
Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
Even your macaroni and cheese should have a summery touch, thanks to the bounty of ripe tomatoes at your fingertips. This comforting homemade mac-and-cheese will wow the kids and the adults alike at the potluck.
Butternut Squash Gratin
Recipe: Butternut Squash Gratin
This fresh take on your classic squash casserole uses heavy cream, sage, and nutmeg to make a truly delectable blend.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Bring summertime freshness to your potluck lineup with this almond-topped casserole. Take a break from the pasta bakes with a wild rice casserole filled with chicken, water chestnuts, sour cream, and cheese.
Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Kale and Pasta Bake
Make use of your lush greens from the farmers' market with this creamy bake with loads of gooey cheese and tender kale. This dish comes together in half an hour, making it a hearty no-brainer for any get-together.
Root Vegetable Gratin
Recipe: Root Vegetable Gratin
This root vegetable gratin takes the cake with its wonderful layers of heavy cream and shredded Gruyere cheese that bind the sliced vegetables together. It feels like a fresh take on your basic potato au gratin.
Savannah Red Rice
Recipe: Savannah Red Rice
This regional delicacy is simple to prepare while still showcasing rich flavor. The smoky bacon and tangy tomatoes will keep guests coming back for more.
Recipe: Patchwork Cobbler
Show off your summer fruits at the cookout with this beautiful patchwork cobbler packed full with peaches, plums, and blueberries. A sugar-crusted pastry topping makes it look pretty as a picture.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Poke Cake
This cake is rich and delicious, bursting with fresh banana flavor and big enough to feed a crowd. We recommend chilling the cake in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Recipe: Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
This sheet cakes looks like it just belongs at a breezy picnic. The vanilla-flavored cornmeal batter makes a not-too-sweet base for the fresh berries and plums.
Mississippi Mud Brownies
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Brownies
These gooey bars won't last long thanks to their moist brownie base, chopped pecans, mini marshmallows, and chocolate frosting.
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
No summertime soiree is complete without this showy confection that takes inspiration from the refreshing Southern beverage, the Arnold Palmer. For festive events such as the Kentucky Derby, spin this into a tipsy cake by substituting up to two tablespoons of vodka or bourbon for the lemon juice in the frosting.