21 Thanksgiving Potluck Recipes That Will Wow Your Crowd
If you're not hosting Thanksgiving this year, you may feel inspired to bring a dish to the feast. While some hosts enjoy preparing the entire meal from start to finish, others may want a helping hand when it comes to desserts, sides, or appetizers—or all three! Here are our favorite recipes for Thanksgiving potluck dishes.
Not sure what to bring? Start by checking with the host to make sure that you're not duplicating a dish they've already planned to make. Safe to say that the turkey will be taken care of, as well as dishes that need to be made quickly and served hot such as mashed potatoes. However, anything that can be kept in the refrigerator or better yet, served at room temperature, is a win.
For example, the Shredded Brussels-Sprout Salad with Hazelnut Crunch, pictured here, is a fantastic dish to bring to a potluck. It's simple to toss together at the last minute (don't dress it too early otherwise the sprouts will get soggy) and serve in the same bowl. Minimal cookware, minimal clean-up. Check and check! Another side dish that fits the bill? Cranberry sauce! Make it a day in advance and keep in the refrigerator until it's time for dinner. Serve in a pretty bowl for easy transporting.
Desserts are also sure to please. Bring our Perfect Pumpkin Pie and get a seat at the head of the table. Equally pleasing and even cuter are these Pumpkin Cupcakes, which are perfect for a crowd (and no one will think to make them!).
Enjoy the company and so many delicious options at this year's Thanksgiving potluck!
Sweet Potato Casserole
Who could resist sweet potatoes covered in ooey-gooey, caramelized marshmallows? This casserole is a crowd-pleaser that's easy to make in advance. Layer the potatoes and marshmallows in a baking dish and keep refrigerated for up to a day. When you arrive at the feast, bake for just 15 minutes while the turkey is resting.
Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce
Shrimp and Crudité Platter with Two Sauces
There's something for everyone on this impressive platter. Filled with poached shrimp, hard boiled eggs, and an array of colorful vegetables, this appetizer is sure to get the party started off right. A good guest brings their own platters to a potluck party, so remember to pack up all of the elements needed to set up this elegant display.
Green Bean Casserole
No canned soup here! Once you introduce this side dish to the Thanksgiving table, you'll be asked to make it again and again. The secret to our version of the ultimate Thanksgiving side is freshly fried shallots, which are crispier and more flavorful than the packaged variety.
Zucchini Cornbread Muffins
Carrot Slaw with Caraway and Raisins
Deviled Egg with Relish
Date, Olive, and Goat-Cheese Tart
Roasted Carrots with Parsley Yogurt
Most vegetable dishes are best served hot (doable, but requires some coordination between the guest and host). This carrot side can be served at room temperature, which makes it easy to unwrap and place on the table—then just dress with a quick homemade herb yogurt.
Here's a sweet end to the feast! A classic pecan pie is dazzled up with rich pitted Medjool dates, which add sweetness. It's great for a potluck because the entire dessert can be made in advance and served at room temperature (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course).
Sage and Honey Skillet Cornbread
Julienned-Carrot and Kale Salad
Sweet Potato and Sage-Butter Casserole
Can't decide between bringing mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes to dinner? This easy-going dish combines sweet and Yukon gold potatoes under a crunchy topping of buttery breadcrumbs. It can be made-ahead and reheated while the turkey is resting (good potluck guests don't demand oven time while the main course is cooking!).