Between study sessions, game nights, holidays, and reunions, the season calls for plenty of potluck opportunities with family, neighbors, church friends, and so on. Whether you’re looking for fall potluck ideas or Thanksgiving potluck ideas, we’ve got the right recipes to warm and wow the crowd. They are highly shareable, crowd-pleasing, and will be gone long before the party’s over. That’s not it, JCPenney also brings you the kitchen cookware and dinnerware ideal for the season.
We’re skipping the casseroles and cocktails and highlighting some new recipes to try this year. While you’re at it, ensure the dishes are served in dinnerware that matches with the season and table décor. So, pick fall dinner plates and fall dinnerware sets for a fall table setting and Thanksgiving dinnerware for a Thanksgiving table setting. You can either select each product individually or opt for this cookware kit. It includes storage bowls too, so it’s the perfect kit for successful potluck cooking!
Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites
There’s no such thing as too much when it comes to potluck side dishes, and this recipe is all you need to be the star of the get-together.
2 large sweet potatoes (about 1-3/4 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pound bacon strips, halved
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Maple syrup, warmed
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: In a large bowl, mix butter and seasonings. Add sweet potatoes and toss to coat.
Step 3: Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each sweet potato cube; secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Step 4: Place the cubes on parchment in a baking pan.
Step 5: Bake until bacon is a crisp and sweet potato is tender, that’s about 40 to 45 minutes.
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Wow the company with a colorful, healthy, and tummy-pleasing recipe.
8 ounces bow-tie pasta, cooked (½ of a 16-oz. package)
1 pound fresh broccoli
⅓ cup diced red onion
1 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon salt
⅓ cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
⅓ cup red wine vinegar
2 cups seedless red grapes, halved
8 cooked bacon slices, crumbled
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan for 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
Step 3: Prepare pasta in a pasta cooker according to package directions.
Step 4: Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems, and separate florets into small pieces using the tip of a paring knife. Peel away the tough outer layer of stems, and finely chop stems.
Step 5: Whisk together mayonnaise and the next 4 ingredients in a salad bowl; add broccoli, hot cooked pasta, and grapes, and stir to coat. Cover and chill for 3 hours.
Step 6: Stir bacon and pecans into the salad and transfer it on a serving tray, just before serving.
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Find the perfect mix of two fall-favorite treats in this recipe.
1 package spice or carrot cake mix (regular size)
2 cups chopped peeled tart apples (about 2 medium)
3 tablespoons 2% milk
1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
12 wooden skewers (4-1/2 inches)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
Step 2: Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions; fold in apples.
Step 3: Fill prepared cups three-fourths full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
Step 4: Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans; cool completely on a wire rack.
Step 5: In a small saucepan, cook caramels and milk over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly.
Step 6: Spread it over cupcakes and sprinkle it with pecans.
Serve these treats at your next potluck and watch how quickly they disappear! But before they hit the table, don’t forget to take plenty of pictures and share them with us by tagging #AllAtJCP. Then follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to see if you are featured.