Some popular options from "Cook's Country Best Potluck Recipes" include drunken beans and picnic salad. These recipes are easy to make and are some of the best to bring to potlucks.
To make drunken beans, cook 8 ounces of chopped sausage for eight minutes, and transfer it to a plate. Cook 1 chopped onion in the sausage fat for five minutes, and stir in 4 minced garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of oregano and 1 teaspoon of chili powder. Cook for 30 seconds, and add 1 pound of soaked beans, 1 bottle of beer and 5 cups of water. Simmer the mixture for one hour, and stir in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of minced chiles and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Continue to simmer for 50 minutes, and then add the sausage and cook for 10 more minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons of cilantro and 1 tablespoon of lime juice before serving.
To make the picnic salad, place half a head of chopped lettuce in a bowl, and sprinkle it with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Layer 1/2 sliced red onion, 6 chopped eggs, 1 1/2 cups of peas, 4 sliced celery ribs, 1 chopped bell pepper and 1 sliced cucumber on top. Add the other half of the chopped lettuce on top, and sprinkle it with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Top the salad with 1 pound of crumbled bacon and 1 1/2 cups of blue cheese.
Spread a dressing over the salad by mixing 1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of hot sauce, 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of pepper. Refrigerate the salad for eight hours before serving.