27 Recipes to Win the Thanksgiving Potluck
Benne Pull-Apart Rolls
Usher in the winter holidays with a wreath of rolls at your turkey day table. This fun pull-apart Thanksgiving potluck recipe yields 36 pieces, so you can have enough to enjoy alongside the Thanksgiving salads and the entrée.
Make-ahead Tip: To save time and cut stress on party day, bake, cool, and freeze the rolls up to a month in advance. Come dinnertime, just reheat in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes or until warm.
Slow Cooker Chestnut-Bacon Stuffing
While it looks just like Grandma’s stuffing, this easy Thanksgiving potluck idea doesn't need an oven. It cooks to perfection in 3 to 4 hours in your slow cooker to save you space for the sides and the star of the show (the turkey). Chestnuts, mushrooms, and bacon add savory flavor to this bread-based crowd-pleaser.
Browned Butter-Sage Cornmeal Muffins
Since all 12 servings cook together in a tin, this Thanksgiving potluck idea is perfect for a crowd. The brown butter lends nutty richness, while sage brightens things up. Together with the tender buttermilk cornbread batter, it is pure holiday side dish magic.
Bacon-Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Yet another example of bacon making just about everything better: This big-batch mashed potato creation. The Thanksgiving potluck dish makes a mountain (okay, 12 servings) of potatoes that offer a nice balance of savory and salty elements. If blue cheese is a bit too funky for your fam, consider cheddar cheese instead.
Fresh Citrus and Cranberry Salad
Cranberry croutons? Yes, we’re calling it: This is about to become your new favorite salad topping. In addition to that tart and tangy ingredient, the light and lovely Thanksgiving potluck salad features a refreshing kick of mint and ginger, plus peppery arugula.
Make-ahead Tip: Best served chilled, toss together the fruit portion of this salad up to two days in advance and chill until it’s time to combine with the leafy greens and dressing.
Spinach Salad with Brie Toast
A fresh salad to lighten things up is good. But you know what’s even better? Upping the ante for your Thanksgiving potluck by adding ooey-gooey Brie. Slices of Brie cheese-topped toast accompany this spinach-based Thanksgiving salad topped with creamy, fitting-for-the-season cranberry dressing.
Turkey Cheese Ball
Speaking of cheese, we’re wild about the Thanksgiving potluck idea of welcoming friends and family to the table with a shareable snack. As the real turkey finishes roasting in the oven, pluck the “feathers” from this faux turkey to scoop up bites of the pecan-coated cheese ball. Not only is this holiday appetizer festive, but it also serves 16.
Creamy Brussels Sprouts
Coaxing picky eaters to eat their greens is a lot easier when they’re coated in a bacon-scented cream sauce. But instead of creamed spinach for your Thanksgiving potluck spread, try saucy sprouts. This peppery recipe serves eight and tastes amazing piping hot or room temp.
Candied Sweet Potato Casserole
Even though it feeds 12 to 16, you'll surely take home an empty dish if you bring these spuds to your Thanksgiving potluck. Switch things up with this take on the classic sweet potato casserole: This one has parsnips and carrots. Because it can be made ahead of time, this is recipe of our go-to sanity-saving Thanksgiving side dishes.
Buttermilk White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Cheddar and bacon are a match made in heaven in this Thanksgiving side dish. Using cheese and buttermilk makes these mashed potatoes extra creamy.
Apple, Bacon, and Onion Stuffing Muffins
Everyone scores a serving of the crispy edge bits with this muffin tin solution. A fun twist on traditional stuffing, these muffins are easy to transport, making them the ideal Thanksgiving potluck recipe. For a vegetarian variation, omit the bacon and substitute vegetable stock for the chicken broth.
Chopped Holiday Salad
Here's a fresh idea for Thanksgiving potlucks: Marinate and tote chopped vegetables in separate resealable plastic bags. Arrange them in rows on a big serving dish just before serving. There’s no need for a floral centerpiece when you have a platter this pretty to share with 10 hungry holiday revelers!
Southern Corn Bread Dressing
Dressing (the South's version of stuffing) stars hearty crumbled cornbread rather than white bread cubes. Oh yes, and sage, onion, and celery for maximum flavor per bite. Bake the cornbread a few days in advance to allow for drying time, then cook the tasty Thanksgiving potluck recipe in a casserole dish for fuss-free travel.
Ginger-Brown Sugar Sweet Potato Butter
Introducing: One of our most versatile canned recipes ever...and the ultimate Thanksgiving potluck idea to try for the big day and as holiday gifts throughout the season. Blend up a batch of the brown sugar-sweetened sweet potato butter, can it, and there’s little you can’t do with the condiment. A few of our favorite uses: Add it to cheese boards for an appetizer as guests await the entree, slather it on biscuits during holiday dinner, or swirl it into oats for breakfast tomorrow.
Sausage and Apple Stuffing
Put that poultry seasoning to great use on more than just the turkey this year. Along with that complex and savory seasoning, this bread stuffing recipe uses the familiar flavors of pork chops and applesauce in a new way via sausage and chopped apples. For tantalizing layers of texture, utilize a mix of bread styles including sourdough, whole-wheat, and even bagels.
Turkey Farro Salad with Candied Chickpeas
Featuring sweet and crunchy roasted chickpeas, this Thanksgiving potluck-ready recipe easily serves eight and can be made in a Dutch oven. It packs a lot of seasonal flavors all in one platter for easy transport: turkey, apples, citrus, and cranberries. Can’t find farro? Try the same strategy with another whole grain such as wheat berries or barley.
Hazelnut-Crusted Turkey Breasts
If you're in charge of the entree this year, try this turkey breast recipe that's fancy enough for the holiday but travels well. Everyone will go nuts for the crunchy-coated Thanksgiving potluck idea. Herb-seasoned hazelnuts mingle marvelously with orange marmalade in the coating for the bird. It yields eight servings, so double things up if you’re feeding an army.
Lemon-Thyme Split-Roasted Turkey
Feed a dozen hungry revelers—and have a bit left over for sandwiches the next day!—with this citrus-herb bird. The Thanksgiving potluck recipe is the ideal solution if you're in charge of the turkey, but have to take it to-go. Try split-roasting (it's similar to butterflying chicken breast), then carving it before you depart for your holiday destination. This technique allows the big bird to cook much faster than usual.
Double Cranberry Sauce
Do you have 15 minutes? Than you have all the time you’ll need to whip up this Thanksgiving potluck recipe for a crowd. With a yummy mix of both fresh and dried cranberries, pomegranate juice, and orange zest, the serves-10 sauce makes for a beautiful complement to the turkey.
Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake Bars
Here’s your cravings cure if you’re feeling indecisive! Rather than deciding between pumpkin or chocolate; pie or cheesecake, this Thanksgiving potluck treat combines all of the above into one easy-prep package. A crisp graham cracker crust and a chocolate layer take these decadent bars to the next level.
Slow-Cooker Pecan Pie
How can you not go nuts for a dessert that practically prepares itself? This Thanksgiving potluck idea tastes spot-on like the traditional pecan pie you remember from childhood, but it comes together in the slow cooker to save oven room—and time just before the meal. Each batch serves eight, so it’s a nice addition to a larger potluck dessert spread. (Or do as we do and double-up on the slow cooker sweets. Ask a friend or family member to borrow her slow cooker so you can make two at the same time!)
Sweet Potato Cupcakes
Mashed sweet potatoes aren’t just for side dishes, you know. They offer a moist, naturally sweet element to this batch of two-dozen Thanksgiving potluck cupcakes. Once you’ve baked and cooled the ‘cakes, pipe on a luscious cream cheese frosting atop the cinnamon-spiced goodies, and sprinkle with orange zest for a simple garnish.
Slow-Cooker Apple-Blackberry Pie
Yes, you heard that right. For a batch of no-fail holiday pies, have you ever thought about using your slow cooker? Serve this dazzling apple-blackberry version with a streusel topping and vanilla ice cream for maximum gooey goodness.
Shortbread Sandwiches with Fudge Sauce
Apples and cranberries are typically the fruit stars of the show in Thanksgiving potluck recipes, but we’re sweet on the dried cherries in this dessert. The buttery shortbread cookie sandwiches feature a creamy vanilla filling and rich hot fudge topping. And since the method calls for at least an hour of chill time, you can be completely done with dessert before guests arrive.
Apple Pie Pops
Come dessert time, the kids (and, let’s be honest, the adults, too) tend to get a bit antsy. If that’s the case at your celebration, consider this Thanksgiving potluck recipe that can be eaten while standing or taking a post-meal stroll. The dessert on a stick recipe makes 10 pops, and comes together surprisingly fast since it starts with store-bought refrigerated piecrust and any apples you have on hand.