They say church potluck is more than just refreshments after a church service; more than just sharing meals. It is actually a fellowship – an opportunity to get to know other churchgoers like us.

I remember being invited by a friend to a new church not long ago. I was surprised that we did not immediately leave after the service to have lunch somewhere. We’ve had this routine since we were young. He took me straight to the church basement where everyone also headed. Much to my delight, there was a nice spread of spinach dip, crackers, sandwiches, pasta, brownies, and iced tea. While shyly enjoying a bit of everything, I was approached by some of the folks to say hi. Some even asked where I come from and how I knew about the church. Later on, my friend told me the food I was enjoying were voluntarily brought by some of the leaders and regular church-goers. And that was my first taste of a church potluck.

I have enjoyed going to the church service and potluck for more than a year now, and also bringing food to share – 3 times so far. I thought I’d share with you some of the easy recipes I found online, which are similar to the few ones I have brought to church as well as similar to those that have been shared to me by others. If you are planning to share your blessings by (literally) cooking up something for the church, I hope this short list of delightful recipes will not only give you good ideas but bring your whole fellowship closer. There’s nothing like bonding over delicious food!

Easy Cheese Straws

Five ingredients transform into long, crisp cracker sticks. The hand-held snacks make for easy mingling at parties. —Elizabeth Robinson, Conroe, Texas

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Cilantro Tomato Bruschetta

This is an easy tomato appetizer that all of my family and friends love. The garden-fresh ingredients capture summer and meld together for a great-tasting hors d’oeuvre that goes well with many different main dishes. —Lisa Kane, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad

Tackle gatherings to go with a bright pasta salad. This tricolor toss-up with broccoli, tomatoes, olives and a hardworking dressing is the easiest one you could take. —Amanda Cable, Boxford, Massachusetts

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Tangy Glazed Meatballs

The slightly sweet sauce on these meatballs has such a great zing to it. Use a little more or less hot sauce depending on what you’re in the mood for. —John Slivon, Milton, Florida

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Chicken Tater Bake

You’ll please everyone in the family with this inviting and filling dish. It tastes like a chicken potpie topped with Tater Tots. —Fran Allen, St Louis, Missouri

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Sugar Glazed Ham

This old-fashioned sugar glaze gives your ham a pretty, golden-brown coating just like Grandma used to make. The mustard and vinegar complement the brown sugar and add tangy flavor. Be prepared to serve seconds! —Carol Strong Battle, Heathville, Virginia

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Stuffed Pasta Shells

These savory shells never fail to make a big impression, even though the recipe is very easy. One or two of these shells makes a great individual serving at a potluck, so a single batch goes a long way. —Jena Coffey, St. Louis, Missouri

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Fudgy Brownies with Peanut Butter Pudding Frosting

Rich brownies are topped with a peanut butter pudding frosting, making this a recipe the whole family will love. These are perfect for a potluck, bake sale or yummy after-dinner treat. —Amy Crook, Syracuse, Utah

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