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9 Family Reunion Food Ideas That Are Real Crowd Pleasers

9 Family Reunion Food Ideas That Are Real Crowd Pleasers

It’s time to head back to the homelands to visit for a family reunion.

And I have your list of family reunion food ideas that just may help this trip go down a bit easier!

Family reunions always have a hint of “what am I getting myself into” but you can also be the hero, swooping in with everyone’s favorite potluck dish if you use this list.

They won’t be able to resist some of these incredible choices!

From the refreshing, crisp Minty Watermelon Salad to the Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti to southern favorite Pineapple Casserole, you’ll find something on this list the whole family will love!

Keep an eye out for updates soon as we keep adding to this delicious list!

After all, good food can make everything merry, right?

Let’s start this list off with a vintage classic that will surely earn you your parents’ approval.

This appetizing dish is undoubtedly one of the best comfort foods out there.

I mean, just who doesn’t love chicken, pasta, butter, cheese, and hot sauce?

This one is easy and is oh-so-good that your family will be itching for second and third helpings!

If you and your family love potatoes and cheese (and whose family doesn’t?), this dish will be the highlight of the evening.

As it is, it has the crispiness of scalloped potatoes combined with grownup Gruyere, or, as I like to call it, the queen of the cheese-dom.

This is made with both sweet and Russet potatoes, and who doesn’t love to double-up on potatoes—it uses Garlic Herb Kettle potato chips crunched on top!

You’ll add your own herbs too, like thyme and sage, but you can use whatever’s on hand.

-chef’s kiss-

You need to have something at the table that the kids and adults will dig into, and no other dish can beat delicious crispy fried chicken as the ultimate crowd-pleaser!

You can pair the fried chicken with your favorite dips and sauces for a mouthwatering offering!

If you’re doing wings, fried or not, you’re going to love my thick and clingy blue cheese dip!

If you need some light and refreshing flavors to balance that fried chicken’s heaviness, and the best dish to offer that lightness to you has to be a minty watermelon salad.

This salad has the ideal blend of flavors and textures, ranging from the juicy watermelon and the dry brine of feta cheese, to the textured flavor of pickled onions and refreshing quality of mint.

Seriously, what more do you want from a salad?

I mean, not everyone wants watermelon and cheese together, but I’m telling you, this is a punch of refreshing flavors.

Try CookingChew’s Watermelon Feta Salad here, in case you don’t have mint on hand.

If you’re looking for a sweet, savory, and cheesy dish that’s filled with the goodness of pineapples, then you have to try this pineapple casserole.

This delicious dish deserves all the plus points for its unique taste and lovely texture.

And, in my book, it ranks pretty high on the list of southern family reunion food ideas. 

If you want to spice up the family reunion with another filling and mouth-watering casserole, then try this cheesy, flavorful dish that feeds eight people.

You may want to double this recipe; it will be THAT popular.

Chockfull of sharp cheddar, smoked chicken, green chilies, roasted peppers, and Monterey Jack cheese…

… the king ranch chicken has a lot going for it as one of the best family reunion food ideas, and your family will surely love it!

Who doesn’t love chocolate and ice cream?

For your next family reunion, you can mix these two divine inventions and create a delectably decadent chocolate ice cream cake.

The chocolatey goodness of this cake combined with ice cream’s chill makes this dish a winner through and through—all year round. 

Pull this one out of the freezer about 15 – 20 minutes before you’re ready to serve so it cuts easily.

You must have heard of plain, old cucumber salad, but you need to try this cucumber salad that’s sprinkled with some dill.

Imagine the refreshing flavor of cucumbers paired with some sour cream and white vinegar, among other delicious ingredients!

Yes, my mouth is watering as well!

You creamy dilly cucumber salad, where art thou?

These ribs are well-seasoned, slow-baked, juicy, and oh-so-tender!

The meat will fall right off the bones, and your family will declare you the go-to cook.

Ultimately, the BBQ seasoning for these ribs is my absolute favorite.

Drop some jingle into several pounds of pork or beef ribs and bring these babies warm and wrapped in foil to your family’s reunion and be the next generation hero!

All I can say is, you must serve this dish at your next family reunion. 

The bottom line

Getting together with the entire family is always an exciting affair, one that also asks for excellent food ideas.

But meal planning in this case can also be quite stressful, especially if the ones you’re about to dish out might be too safe or just plain bland.

The selections we’ve provided should just about make your life easier, if not make you the ultimate cook in the family.

EASY Family Reunion Food Ideas

EASY Family Reunion Food Ideas

9 delectable family reunion food ideas that will impress your family at the dinner table


  • Chicken-spaghetti casserole
  • Classic parmesan scalloped potatoes
  • Crispy fried chicken
  • Minty watermelon salad
  • Pineapple casserole
  • King ranch chicken
  • Chocolate ice cream cake
  • Creamy dilled cucumber salad
  • Finger-licking baked beef ribs


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