Potlucks are fun for everyone. It’s an excellent opportunity for a group of people whether it be family, co-workers or friends to share food together and mingle. Potlucks are also great because this means the food prep won’t be left for one person.
If you’re attending a potluck this Thanksgiving we’re going to help you bring the best dishes possible. These recipes will range from sweet to savory and either way will make an excellent contribution to the potluck. Thanksgiving is a fun time of year because along with the weather change, it’s a signal that the comforting dishes are here and they’re here to stay. And of course, it’s a great holiday to spend time with those you care about as well as give thanks for everything you have.
Kitchen gadgets are fantastic, especially for potlucks because you merely need to find an outlet then you’re good to go. This also frees up oven space and is an excellent option if you’re attending a work potluck where there isn’t an oven available.
If you’re attending a Thanksgiving potluck and volunteered to bring the main entree then blow everyone away with this Instant Pot turkey. The pressure cooker cooks the turkey incredibly fast and everyone will be pleased they get to indulge in tender turkey.
https://temeculablogs.com/pressure-cooker-turkey/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE TYPICAL MOM
Is ham your traditional Thanksgiving main course? Then you’ll be pleased to know you can effortlessly cook a ham in the slow cooker. This honey-glazed ham would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving potluck.
Along with the ham you’ll need a few other ingredients to create the enticing glaze. It’s made up of brown sugar, dijon mustard and of course, honey! It’ll need about 8 hours to cook so you may want to cook the ham the day before and reheat in the slow cooker the day of the potluck.
https://wholefully.com/slow-cooker-honey-glazed-ham/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WHOLEFULLY
Every Thanksgiving feast needs delicious stuffing. These stuffin’s essentially turn regular stuffing into muffins which in result are the perfect single-sized portions.
Your muffin tin will help you achieve the muffin shape. They’re also quite simple to put together and you’ll have them made in no time. You could make them the day before and then heat up right before everyone is ready to dig into the potluck.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/stuffins-stuffing-muffins/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
To be honest, mashed potatoes is what I look forward to the most especially at Thanksgiving. They’re creamy, buttery and so darn good.
The slow cooker makes cooking mashed potatoes easy. And this is a no-boil recipe which means fewer steps and an easier process. To give the mashed potatoes a lovely creamy texture you’ll add butter, sour cream, and cream cheese.
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/no-boil-slow-cooker-mashed-potatoes/?utm_content=buffer25528&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=budgetbytesbuffer PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SPEND WITH PENNIES
Are you feeling creative this Thanksgiving? Then whip together a fun turkey-shaped cheese platter to share at your Thanksgiving potluck.
This tutorial will walk you through how to perfectly arrange your cheese and meat slices to create an intriguing turkey shape. You can use the same cheese, meat, and crackers as this recipe or you can recreate this look using your favorites too.
http://www.melaniecooks.com/thanksgiving-turkey-cheese-platter/10693/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MELANIE COOKS
If you’re feeling adventurous this year and want to step outside your comfort zone then try this recipe. It’s technically a stuffing recipe but has a few extra bells and whistles that will make it really stand out.
This stuffing is made up of wild rice, cranberries, almonds, and lovely seasonings. Considering there isn’t bread in this recipe makes it a great option for those who need gluten-free food.
https://www.wellplated.com/crock-pot-stuffing/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WELL PLATED
Pinwheels are perfect finger foods and would be a great idea for a potluck! These turkey pinwheels are an excellent way to enjoy turkey in a new way and would be a lovely addition to the Thanksgiving potluck.
To create these you’ll mix cream cheese with ranch powder, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits. Then you’ll layer turkey slices on a soft tortilla and spread the cheese mixture on top! Before you know it you’ll have these tasty bites ready to share at your potluck.
https://www.plainchicken.com/2016/11/cracked-out-turkey-pinwheels-football.html?m=1 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PLAIN CHICKEN
Rollups are just so easy to make and they’re tasty too! For this reason, we’re sharing another great idea that would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving potluck.
These rollups are filled with delicious flavors of jalapeno popper dip. It’s creamy spicy and most definitely irresistible. You’ll only need 4 ingredients for the filling as well as soft tortillas.
https://www.littledairyontheprairie.com/jalapeno-popper-rollups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE: LITTLE DAIRY ON THE PRAIRIE
We’ve found another exciting turkey-shaped tray. Every potluck needs a veggie tray. With that said for your Thanksgiving potluck don’t show up with any ordinary veggie tray, get creative and make this turkey veggie tray.
You can use the recipe as a guideline and use your favorite veggies or follow it precisely, your choice! once you have the turkey shape completed serve the veggies with your favorite dipping sauce such as ranch or possibly even hummus.
https://eatingrichly.com/thanksgiving-turkey-veggie-tray/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EATING RICHLY
Meatballs are always a crowd pleaser. They’re easy to throw together and the slow cooker can help you create a large quantity to serve many people at once.
Spice things up with an exciting bourbon whiskey sauce that will give your traditional meatball recipe a run for its money. For the sauce, all you’ll need is bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and ketchup. Throw the sauce and frozen meatballs into a crockpot and set it and forget it.
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/crockpot-drunken-bourbon-whiskey-meatballs/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
If you haven’t tried this combination you must be asking yourself what is this strange combination of grape jelly meatballs. Although, it’s actually quite popular. Grape jelly and chili sauce come together to create an unforgettable sweet and spicy flavor that everyone will love.
To create these grape jelly party meatballs all you’ll need is a slow cooker and 4 ingredients. This recipe is so easy you have to try it!
https://www.mommymusings.com/slow-cooker-party-meatballs-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MOMMY MUSINGS
If you know there is going to be a cooked turkey at the potluck then you need to make this easy cranberry sauce. This is a make ahead recipe so you can create it and store in the fridge until the day of the potluck.
You’ll need just a few ingredients to create the sauce. Some of these include orange juice, sugar, cranberries, and cinnamon. Keep in mind this recipe makes about 1 1/4 cups worth of sauce so you may want to double the recipe depending on the length of the guest list.
https://www.aheadofthyme.com/2016/11/easy-make-ahead-cranberry-sauce/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: A HEAD OF THYME
Show up to your Thanksgiving potluck with a fun turkey bread bowl. This edible bowl is filled with a creamy and delicious spinach dip.
You’ll be provided with the recipe for the spinach dip as well as step by step instructions on how to create the turkey bread bowl. Serve this dip with your favorite veggies, pretzel sti, ks and crackers.
https://www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.com/thanksgiving-turkey-bread-bowl-appetizer-spinach-ranch-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KUDOS KITCHEN BY RENEE
This recipe is great for those who are 21 and over. Apple cider is the perfect fall drink which is why you’ll want this apple cider sangria at your Thanksgiving potluck.
To create the sangria you’ll need white wine, fresh apple cider, carbonated water, and vodka. The rest of the ingredients provide additional fragrant and luscious flavors that are to die for.
https://lexiscleankitchen.com/apple-cider-sangria/#_a5y_p=4354180 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LEXI’S CLEAN KITCHEN
In addition to the apple cider sangria and for a more family-friendly option you may want to share this crock pot hot apple cider. This is a homemade apple cider recipe where the flavors come from freshly chopped apples, cranberries, and sliced oranges and lemons.
To season all you’ll need are cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, 1 whole star anise and a sweetener of your choice. It’ll take you about 10 minutes to throw all the ingredients together then the slow cooker will do the rest of the work.
https://lifemadesweeter.com/crock-pot-apple-cider/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIFE MADE SWEETER
Share a delicious plate of mozzarella bites at your Thanksgiving potluck. You can skip the store-bought mozzarella sticks because this recipe is exceptionally easy.
All you’ll need is refrigerated crescent dough, mozzarella sticks, butter, and Italian style panko bread crumbs. You’ll have this tasty appetizer made in around 30 minutes.
https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-baked-mozzarella-bites/d30850cd-e84d-4b8a-bddc-93a2cc7f65ec?crlt.pid=camp.avekulshhhi5 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PILLSBURY
Who doesn’t love chips and dip? Share a tasty plate of homemade guacamole at your Thanksgiving potluck. Get festive and go the extra mile and turn your platter into a turkey shape.
Once you follow the guacamole recipe you scoop it back into the avocado skin. Then decorate the dip with cucumber eyes and a carrot nose for a fun-filled treat! Everyone will go crazy for this snack.
https://www.forkandbeans.com/2015/11/18/turkey-guacamole-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORK AND BEANS
Every potluck needs delicious dessert! For Thanksgiving make sure to include these delicious mini pumpkin pies. They’re much easier to prepare than you may think and they only require a few ingredients.
To make it easy you’ll start with pre-made mini tart shells that you can find at your local grocery store. The pumpkin filling is made from pumpkin pie puree, egg, evaporated milk, sugar, and a few seasonings. Fill the tart shells and bake for about 15 minutes! Lastly, serve these mini pies with a dollop of whipped cream.
https://www.mybakingaddiction.com/mini-pumpkin-pies/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY BAKING ADDICTION
When I think about wonderful Thanksgiving desserts, along with pumpkin pie, apple pie always comes to mind. This isn’t your traditional apple pie recipe but these bites will capture the attention of everyone at the potluck.
Instead of pie crust, these apple bites are wrapped in store-bought crescent roll dough. Along with the crescent rolls, you’ll need Granny Smith apples, pecans, butter, brown sugar, and apple spice.
https://theblondcook.com/apple-pie-bites/#_a5y_p=3046884 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE BLOND COOK
Green bean casserole is a glorious Thanksgiving classic. It’s creamy and crunchy all in one. And I mean, there are green beans in it so you can trick yourself into thinking it’s healthy!
What makes this recipe great is that it’s a slow cooker recipe. Find an outlet at your potluck party and set it and forget it, it’s that simple!
https://slowcookergourmet.net/crockpot-green-bean-casserole-win-a-slow-cooker/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SLOW COOKER GOURMET
Many scalloped potato recipes cook in the oven. However, when it comes to potlucks, and as we talked about earlier the oven isn’t always available. This year share a delicious slow cooker filled with tasty scalloped potatoes.
You’ll need to cook the creamy sauce on the stovetop so make sure to complete that step ahead of time. You’ll build layers of sliced potatoes and smother them in the delicious sauce. You completed the dish by sprinkling freshly grated parmesan and cheddar cheese on top.
https://www.wellplated.com/slow-cooker-scalloped-potatoes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WELL PLATED
Soups are always a crowd-pleaser, especially when they’re filled with exciting flavors of Fall. Warm the souls of the potluck guests with this butternut squash soup.
It contains wholesome ingredients and maintains a high nutritional profile. Some of these ingredients include butternut squash, apples, carrots, and celery. You’ll only need a few seasonings such as garlic, nutmeg and a dash of salt and pepper.
https://pumpsandiron.com/2015/11/18/easy-slow-cooker-butternut-squash-soup/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PUMPS AND IRON
Face it, recipes made from scratch are always better and are well worth it. This from-scratch recipe is actually quite easy and only requires a few ingredients.
The creamy and irresistible sauce is made from milk, cream cheese, and unsalted butter. It’ll only take you minutes to prep then you can set it in the slow cooker. Before you know if you’ll have a drool-worthy dish to contribute to the Thanksgiving potluck.
https://damndelicious.net/2013/11/24/slow-cooker-creamed-corn/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DAMN DELICIOUS
Mac and cheese slow cooker recipes are abundant, however, many of them require a boiling step. Potlucks are fun but we want this to be easy after all the holidays are a busy time.
Considering you get to skip the boiling step this also means less clean up too. Whip the wet ingredients together and throw everything in the slow cooker. Unlike other slow cooker recipes, this one only takes around 2-3 hours – amazing!
https://cookiesandcups.com/no-boil-crock-pot-mac-cheese/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: COOKIES AND CUPS
Every Thanksgiving feast needs a good dinner roll to compliment the rest of the food. With that said, you’ll most definitely want to see dinner rolls at the Thanksgiving potluck so why not make them yourself!
This recipe is so easy and only requires a handful of ingredients. You’ll have these baked and ready to eat and no time and will be feeling like a 5-star baker!
https://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/the-very-best.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: IT’S ALWAYS AUTUMN
Potatoes and cheese are often a crowd favorite so why not combine those two delicious ingredients and create one exciting dish. These Crock Pot cheesy potatoes are sure to be a hit at the Thanksgiving potluck.
This recipe is so easy because you simply throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker and set it and forget it. Once the potatoes have cooked for 4 hours you’ll finish this dish by topping with a handful of shredded cheese and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
https://tornadoughalli.com/crockpot-cheesy-potatoes/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TORNADOUGH ALLI
While there will most likely be loads of hearty and comforting dishes at the potluck, it would be refreshing to see a delicious salad. Bring a lovely salad such as this autumn crunch pasta salad to help balance out the meal.
The base of this salad is made up of spinach and small pasta pieces. Then this salad goes from boring to exciting with the additions of dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, apples, and feta cheese. This recipe also provides a quick and easy salad dressing recipe that you’ll want to try too!
https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/autumn-crunch-pasta-salad/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CHELSEA’S MESSY APRON
If you hate brussels sprouts then maybe you need to try them again but reinvented. Roasted or steamed plain sprouts can be utterly dull but share this platter of bacon wrapped brussels sprouts at the Thanksgiving potluck and they’ll surely be gobbled up quickly.
Simply wrap each brussels sprout with a slice of bacon and adhere with a toothpick. You’ll cook them in the oven until the bacon and the brussels sprouts are nice and crispy. While the sprouts are roasting you can whip together the delicious balsamic dip. Once everything is complete serve together and be prepared to be amazed.
https://www.savorytooth.com/bacon-brussels-sprouts/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SAVORY TOOTH
This no-fuss appetizer looks gourmet but is insanely easy to make. All you’ll need for this recipe is store-bought crescent roll dough, a wheel of brie cheese, cranberry sauce, and fresh rosemary sprigs.
To create the perfect portion sizes you’ll want to use a muffin tin. From start to finish, you’ll have this tasty appetizer made in about 20 minutes.
https://www.thecountrycook.net/cranberry-brie-bites/?utm_content=bufferbb374&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=budgetbytesbuffer PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE COUNTRY COOK
Caramel candy apples are popular especially in the Fall so why not bring those same flavors to the Thanksgiving potluck. Contribute a touch of sweetness with this lovely snack.
Instead of dipping apples in caramel, you’ll combine caramel and cream cheese and transform those ingredients into a delicious dip. To create this snack you’ll start with a brick of cream cheese and smother it in store-bought (or homemade) caramel sauce. Garnish the dip with toffee bits and serve with sliced apples.
https://shewearsmanyhats.com/easy-caramel-apple-cream-cheese-spread PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SHE WEARS MANY HATS
Transform a Thanksgiving classic into tasty bites. This is a 3-ingredient recipe and would be perfect if you’re seriously pinched for time. Instead of showing up with a sad bag of chips create this delightful appetizer.
Firstly, you’ll want to bake the sweet potato halves for 10 minutes on each side. Then you’ll add the marshmallow and broil for only 30-60 seconds. Bring these to the potluck and watch them disappear off the plate quickly.
https://wonkywonderful.com/sweet-potato-casserole-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WONKY WONDERFUL
Mushrooms can be bland on their own, however, add in the right ingredients and you can turn them into a wonderful appetizer too! This appetizer may seem simple but the flavors will make this dish stand out.
It’s seasoned with flavors of garlic and fresh sage. The mushrooms caps are filled with a lovely sausage and cranberry mixture that is perfect for Thanksgiving.
http://www.wholesomelicious.com/sausage-cranberry-stuffed-mushrooms-sage/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: WHOLESOME DELICIOUS
A great alternative to dinner rolls would be cornbread. It’s so tasty and would be the perfect thing to dip into any saucy dishes that are present at the Thanksgiving potluck.
This buttermilk cornbread recipe is simple and easy to follow. Before you know it you’ll have a soft and buttery cornbread made that tastes like it came straight from the restaurant.
https://dearcrissy.com/easy-buttermilk-cornbread-recipe/#_a5y_p=6078957 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DEAR CRISSY
Sliders are great for potlucks or any party! Invite traditional Thanksgiving flavors and turn them into the perfect Thanksgiving slider ever.
You can save this recipe for after Thanksgiving too because it works great using leftover turkey. For the potluck, you’ll want to use turkey deli meat. Combine the turkey with cranberry sauce and just a few other ingredients for a tasty bite.
https://www.kimscravings.com/turkey-cranberry-sliders/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KIM’S CRAVINGS
Perhaps you love to get creative and if that is you, this cheeseball recipe is calling your name! The decorating part is actually quite easy too, so if you don’t have a knack for creativity you’ll be bound to achieve the same results.
First, you’ll make the cheeseball recipe and allow it set in the fridge. Then, using pretzels, a pepperoni stick, and some candy you can transform an ordinary cheeseball into the perfect turkey-shaped treat. To finish, serve with your favorite crackers.
https://www.craftsalamode.com/2015/11/thanksgiving-turkey-cheese-ball.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CRAFTS A LA MODE
Dips are great options for potlucks. While many party dips are savory and paired with potato chips this one is sweet and more like a dessert.
Cheesecake and flavors or pumpkin spice come together and turn into a lovely cheesecake dip that everyone will enjoy. It’s made up of cream cheese, cool whip, pumpkin puree, powdered sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
https://www.brightgreendoor.com/pumpkin-cheesecake-dip/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BRIGHT GREEN DOOR
Skewers are also great for potlucks and they’re easy to put together. This recipe is simple but the flavor is what everyone will be raving about.
This is also a great make-ahead recipe and can be served at room temperature. All you’ll need is tortellini, pesto, sun dried tomatoes, and small skewers.
http://foodyschmoodyblog.com/easy-pesto-tortellini-skewers/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FOODY SCHMOODY
It is safe to say that chocolate chip cookies are a crowd pleaser. For the Thanksgiving potluck, put a fun Fall spin onto a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe with this recipe.
To create the marbled effect, you’ll divide the cookie dough into thirds. Keep 1 third plain, mix another third with orange food coloring and the last third with brown food coloring. Then, you’ll mix a bit of each colored dough into one cookie and baked until they are golden brown around the edges.
https://www.twosisterscrafting.com/harvest-marble-chocolate-chip-cookies/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO SISTERS CRAFTING
Instead of pumpkin pie, perhaps you would like to bring these pumpkin bars. They’re also gluten-free and great for anyone with a gluten allergy or intolerance.
These squares have a cake-like texture and are smothered in an exquisite cream cheese frosting. They’ll only take about 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to bake.
https://mygluten-freekitchen.com/pumpkin-bars-with-cream-cheese-frosting-gluten-free/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY GLUTEN-FREE KITCHEN
Mini pies are perfect for potlucks. Create a single-sized pie for everyone to enjoy. They’re adorable and are packed with flavor and you most likely won’t go home with leftovers.
Along with pumpkin and apple pie, pecan pie is often a Thanksgiving classic. For this recipe, you’ll use store-bought pie crusts. This will help make the preparation much easier. For the filling, you’ll combine brown sugar with corn syrup, vanilla extract, butter, eggs, and chopped pecans. These will come together quickly and you’ll have a lovely treat to share in no time.
https://houseofyumm.com/pecan-pie/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOUSE OF YUMM