50 Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Potluck Parties

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Add these side dishes for Thanksgiving potlucks to your buffet table for the best holiday party ever. Plenty of potato recipes, fresh vegetables, homemade dinner rolls, and Thanksgiving sauces to fill your plates with delicious bites.

The photo collage shows several portable side dishes to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck party.

The Thanksgiving feast is notoriously tricky to cook and requires an "all hands on deck" approach to the meal prep if you plan to do it yourself at home.

That's one of the many reasons a Thanksgiving potluck party is so popular, every guest can share in the bounty by bringing a dish from home to add to the buffet table.

Planning a Thanksgiving potluck is also a great way to celebrate the holiday with your chosen family and friends as part of a simple Friendsgiving before the separate family feast.

I loved sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes with my co-workers during our annual office potluck. It was a great time to test out a new recipe to see if it was worth cooking for my family later and to get some fresh ideas from their favorites, too!

Whatever your reasons are for throwing a potluck, I hope this list of easy sides to bring will help make the meal even more memorable.

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What to Bring to a Thanksgiving Potluck

When choosing your recipe to bring to a potluck party, it is important to remember a few things:

1. Choose Food that Travels Well:

You'll probably be driving this dish somewhere, make sure it can be packed and transported safely.

2. Serving Temperature:

Depending on the timing of your prep vs the serving, your dish may need to be kept warm or reheated.

Crockpot recipes are awesome for this because you can just show up and plug it in.

If you want to make a dish that needs to be served warm, you should always check with the host a few days in advance to see if there will be room in the oven. If not, plan to arrive to the potluck with the dish already heated up and ready to serve.

3. Serving Accessories:

Don't count on the host of the potluck having enough serving spoons and spatulas for countless potluck dishes. Be prepared and show up with everything needed to serve your side dish to company.

Thoughtful things to bring include:

  • Serving Spoon/Spatula/Fork/Tongs
  • Knife for Cutting/Slicing Portions
  • Any Condiments that Make it Extra Delicious: Honey, Dressings, Spreads, Sauces, or Seasonings
  • Extra Napkins or Individual Serving Plates

Best Potluck Side Dishes to Bring

Now let's get to the good stuff!

Here are my Top 50 favorite Thanksgiving potluck recipes to help make your party spectacular:

Make Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole

Classic sweet potato casserole is such a traditional Thanksgiving dinner recipe.

This make ahead version is perfect for bringing to a potluck party because you can freeze it in advance and then just bake it before serving.

While it tastes amazing piping hot, it keeps its crispy texture on top even when it cools down and still tastes great on a buffet table if you can keep it even slightly warm.

Make Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole
This delicious make ahead sweet potato casserole with pecans is the perfect holiday side dish. Split the recipe into two 8x8-inch pans and serve one for Thanksgiving and freeze one to be served later at Christmas.
4.35 from 64 votes
A baking dish filled with the finished sweet potato casserole with pecan topping.

Mashed Potatoes

Crockpot mashed potatoes had to have been invented with potluck parties in mind!

You can cook them at home and they'll transport to the holiday dinner right in the slowcooker itself.

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes
This is the creamiest, fluffiest mashed potatoes recipe you'll ever find. It's the perfect make ahead side dish for a busy holiday dinner. Use the Keep Warm setting and the potatoes will be ready when you are!
5 from 54 votes
A silver Crockpot has finished mashed potatoes that are sprinkled with fresh chives and two pats of butter.

Crock Pot Stuffing

You can make this Crock Pot stuffing recipe the day before and then just let it bake for 2 hours in the slowcooker before you serve it at the potluck.

BONUS: Use the keep warm setting and the stuffing will stay piping hot on the buffet table.

Crock Pot Stuffing
Make ahead Crock Pot stuffing can be prepped up to 24 hours in advance and then just cooked before serving to save space in your oven during busy holiday dinner prep. Serve the golden brown, crispy stuffing straight from the slowcooker on the buffet table to keep it warm for hours.
5 from 34 votes
A scoop of golden brown Crock Pot stuffing is served on a small white plate. The slowcooker power knob is seen in the back.

Roasted Gnocchi with Butternut Squash

Crispy roasted gnocchi with butternut squash, fresh sage, and parmesan cheese is a surprising new Thanksgiving recipe for us this year.

I'm in love with the golden brown crispy texture of the gnocchi and the sweetness of the butternut squash when paired with salty parm.

This would be a thoughtful meatless main dish to bring for your vegetarian friends.

Roasted Gnocchi
This roasted gnocchi with butternut squash and fresh sage has a simple browned butter sauce that pairs perfectly with salty parmesan cheese. 25-minute sheet pan recipe that makes a great side dish or vegetarian main dish for the holiday.
5 from 41 votes
A platter filled with roasted gnocchi, butternut squash, and parmesan cheese shavings with ripped fresh sage sprinkled over the top.

Wild Rice Pilaf

My easy wild rice pilaf can be dressed up for a Thanksgiving potluck if you add dried cranberries and chopped pecans to the mix.

Or you can just let the tender carrots and celery stand on their own with that savory rice blend.

Wild Rice Pilaf
This easy wild rice pilaf is the perfect holiday side dish for Easter or Christmas but would be right at home for a special dinner on a busy weeknight. Loaded with fresh vegetables and savory herbs, it is the perfect partner for turkey, ham, beef, or seafood.
5 from 50 votes
A white bowl is filled with wild rice pilaf, chunks of carrots and celery are peeking out.

Scalloped Potatoes

I love how these Crock Pot scalloped potatoes still get a golden brown edge when they cook right in the slowcooker itself.

The cheesy potatoes will keep warm on the buffet table for a couple hours.

Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes
Easy cheesy scalloped potatoes bake right in the slowcooker and still get a golden brown crispy edge to them thanks to the aluminum foil trick we use. Serve these for a delicious holiday meal or special Sunday dinner with a glazed ham, pulled pork, or roast chicken.
5 from 53 votes
A slowcooker has an aluminum foil lining and is filled with baked scalloped potatoes with fresh chives sprinkled over the top.

Sweet Potato Mash

One of the best things about a potluck party is having some unique additions to the buffet table. If someone else is already bringing a classic sweet potato casserole, you could bring my sweet potato mash with pineapple.

This creamy sweet potato mash has juicy chunks of pineapple which is a nice complement to all the heavy, rich dishes for the holiday.

Sweet Potato Mash with Pineapple
These creamy mashed sweet potatoes have juicy chunks of fresh pineapple in the mix for a sweet and savory side dish to pair with spicy pork, barbecue chicken, or grilled fish.
5 from 1 vote
The serving bowl is filled with the mashed sweet potatoes.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes

This cheesy potato casserole with cornflakes on top is also known as "funeral potatoes" and is a potluck party staple.

You can bring it in a 9x13-inch baking dish or you can prep the potato filling in a slowcooker and serve the crispy cornflake topping on the side.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes
This easy cheesy potato casserole has a crispy cornflake topping. Otherwise known as "funeral potatoes," it is a popular holiday side dish or church potluck recipe.
4.92 from 48 votes
The funeral potatoes recipe has been baked and a spoon has scooped out a serving from the baker.

Acorn Squash with Apples

While potatoes are often the Thanksgiving side dish heroes, don't forget about delicious acorn squash.

This easy slowcooker recipe mixes acorn squash with sweet apples, brown sugar, and dried cranberries for a delicious and easy side dish.

Slow Cooker Acorn Squash with Apples and Raisins
This easy side dish is perfect for Thanksgiving or other fall dinners. Pop the acorn squash and apples into the crockpot and enjoy a sweet side dish with turkey or pork.
5 from 42 votes
A sliced open acorn squash has been filled with red dried cranberries and a spoonful of brown sugar.

Crock Pot Corn Casserole

I scaled this Crock Pot corn casserole recipe to feed a crowd because I know that most people love to add it to a potluck buffet table.

Sweet Jiffy corn muffin mix with canned corn and cheddar cheese is a hearty and satisfying side dish to pair with other Thanksgiving dishes.

Crock Pot Corn Casserole
Classic corn casserole cooks in a slowcooker for a hands-off side dish for your holiday meal. Sweet Jiffy cornbread mix with canned corn and shredded cheese makes a delicious addition to a cozy family dinner.
5 from 47 votes
The spoon is scooping out a serving of Jiffy cornbread corn casserole out of the Crock Pot bowl.

Italian Sausage Stuffing

My mom's Italian sausage stuffing recipe has been my favorite since I was little. This would make an amazing potluck contribution because you can make it ahead the day before and then just heat it up before serving.

It travels really well in its baking dish covered in foil.

Italian Sausage Stuffing
This classic Italian sausage stuffing is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish but tastes great with any special dinner all winter long. Make it up to one day ahead for an easy addition to your menu.
5 from 43 votes
A baking dish filled with homemade sausage stuffing sits next to a striped towel.

Fresh Green Beans

When all the dishes on the buffet table involve butter and cream and cheese, sometimes it is nice to offer just a plain, fresh green bean side.

If you make my air fryer green beans with a touch of olive oil and seasoning, they get amazing crispy edges and tasted fantastic warm or at room temperature.

Toss them with a little fresh lemon zest for an extra special touch.

Air Fryer Green Beans
These quick and easy air fryer green beans make the perfect healthy side dish for dinner.
5 from 45 votes
A white plate has a pile of freshly roasted green beans hot from the air fryer basket.

Green Bean Casserole

If you're like me, it's not Thanksgiving without green bean casserole. I look forward to that crispy onion topping for weeks.

You can easily make this a potluck side dish by making my Crockpot green bean casserole so it stays hot throughout the dinner.

Crispy Crockpot Green Bean Casserole
Classic green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving side dish essential. When you need to feed a crowd and your oven is full with other things, you can make a crispy Crockpot green bean casserole that stays hot and crunchy for your guests with these tricks.
5 from 44 votes
A serving of crispy green bean casserole is in a blue dish with a fork.

Crock Pot Creamed Corn

If you've never had homemade creamed corn before, you absolutely need to give this slowcooker recipe a try.

With a mix of whole kernel corn and canned creamed corn in the mix, the texture is so perfect.

Crock Pot Creamed Corn
Sweet creamed corn is an easy holiday side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. This hands-off recipe lets you dump everything into the slowcooker and focus your attention on prepping the rest of your meal. The smooth cream cheese and butter sauce clings to the whole corn kernels giving it the perfect texture.
5 from 42 votes
The white ruffled bowl has creamed corn made in the Crock Pot. Fresh chives are sprinkled over the top.

Rosemary Pull Apart Rolls

My rosemary pull apart rolls can be baked ahead and frozen if you want to save time. Just thaw them in the fridge overnight and then warm them in the oven before serving.

Homemade dinner rolls beat anything you'll buy at the grocery store by a long shot and you'll be the hit of the potluck.

Buttery Rosemary Rolls
These pull-apart butter dinner rolls are topped with salted rosemary and make the perfect dinner roll for the holiday. Open them up to make small sandwiches from the holiday roast or main dish.
4.98 from 49 votes
A spatula is lifting a rosemary pull apart roll from the 9x13-inch baking pan it was baked in.

Bread Machine Crescent Rolls

You can make piles of these fluffy crescent rolls so easily when you make the dough in the bread machine.

So much more satisfying for the bread basket than the smaller refrigerated crescent rolls.

Bread Machine Crescent Dinner Rolls
Easy homemade bread machine crescent rolls are perfect for a delicious holiday bread. Serve them at Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas warm from the oven. Can be made ahead and frozen for an even easier serving.
5 from 57 votes
A bread basket is lined with a napkin and filled with golden crescent dinner rolls from the bread machine.

Homemade Applesauce

With really big potluck parties, sometimes it is nice to contribute a thoughtful side dish that gets overlooked.

My homemade applesauce tastes more like chunky cinnamon apples and is an easy recipe that shows you cared enough to put in a little effort for what you brought.

Microwave Applesauce
This easy applesauce is made right in the microwave in just minutes. Mix in your favorite apple pie seasonings or simply use the brown sugar and cinnamon combination.
5 from 41 votes
A serving of applesauce with a spoon.

Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier

While there will always be the "can-berry" crowd at the Thanksgiving table, my easy homemade cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier is the easiest upgrade you've ever seen!

You can make this gorgeous sauce with fresh cranberries in just minutes and it looks fantastic on the buffet table.

Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier
Freezer-friendly cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier has a delicious burst of orange flavor from the orange juice and liqueur. Serve it for Thanksgiving or split the batch and save half for Christmas morning cranberry cinnamon rolls.
5 from 56 votes
A pot of fresh cranberries is cooking with a wooden spoon to stir.

Cranberry Brie Bites

The awesome thing about these cranberry brie bites is that they travel well and can be served warm or at room temperature and still be utterly delicious.

They'd make a very fancy addition to an office potluck.

Cranberry Brie Bites
3-ingredient cranberry brie bites are an easy and festive appetizer recipe to serve through the holiday season. You can use homemade cranberry sauce or a canned cranberry sauce to make these in a pinch!
5 from 45 votes
A platter filled with cranberry brie bites has a sprig of rosemary in the back.

Homemade Gravy

A good gravy can make or break a Thanksgiving dinner. Bringing homemade gravy to a potluck would make you a true super hero.

You could make my slowcooker turkey breast in advance and use the drippings to make this gravy.

Just freeze the turkey meat for easy dinners later, nothing will go to waste. You can pick any of these leftover turkey recipes when you're ready to use it.

Homemade Turkey Gravy
This is the best homemade gravy because it starts with a herb butter turkey roast with citrus and fresh herbs. Even beginners can easily add this to the Thanksgiving menu.
5 from 43 votes
The turkey gravy is being served in a china gravy boat with fresh sage for garnish.

Slowcooker Turkey

Potluck parties are all about the sides, but somebody has to bring a main dish, right??

One year I made TWO of these easy slowcooker boneless turkey breasts instead of one giant turkey to feed a crowd. I just set up two Crock Pots side by side on the kitchen island.

We wanted more of the white meat and this recipe makes such tender turkey.

Slow Cooker Boneless Turkey Breast
This easy slowcooker turkey breast is a quick and easy way to make a smaller turkey for a holiday gathering or even a busy weeknight dinner. All white meat slices neatly for turkey sandwiches and makes great leftovers.
4.97 from 54 votes
Two slices of slow cooked turkey breast are on a plate drizzled with gravy.

Make Ahead Mac and Cheese

It's not a potluck party unless there's a pan of baked mac and cheese. Pretty sure that's a law if you live in the south!

Every single kid at the party is going to thank you for this one. Most grown-ups, too.

Make Ahead Mac and Cheese
This easy baked mac and cheese recipe is the perfect side dish or dinner fix. Topped with plenty of crunchy breadcrumbs and perfectly cooked pasta, it will be your go-to recipe at the holidays.
4.57 from 41 votes
A blue baking dish filled with mac and cheese with bread crumb topping. A serving spoon has removed a portion to show the creamy elbow noodles.

Glazed Baby Carrots

If you want to bring my glazed baby carrots to a potluck, I suggest one of these options:

  1. Keep Warm in a Slowcooker: Assemble the recipe but then place in a small crockpot to keep warm at the potluck.
  2. Bring the Ingredients and a Saucepan: If you're celebrating a potluck Thanksgiving at a family member's house and you KNOW they'll have room at the stove for you, bring the ingredients and your own saucepan and make it fresh while you're there. Just double check with the host first.
Glazed Baby Carrots
Sweet glazed baby carrots with brown sugar, butter, and a dash of ginger, make an elegant and easy vegetable side dish for a weeknight dinner but are pretty enough for your holiday table.
5 from 51 votes
A white bowl is filled with glazed baby carrots, a blue napkin is tucked underneath.

Apple Pear Salad

This festive fall salad is an excellent choice for a potluck party because it can be assembled in advance, travels well, and can be served at room temperature with no problems.

Apple Pear Salad
This festive salad features sweet and crispy red and green fruits and toasted almonds with a mustard vinaigrette dressing. Perfect for serving for Christmas or Thanksgiving as a festive holiday salad.
4.96 from 47 votes
A platter of prepared apple and pear salad.

Roasted Carrots

You can roast these carrots in advance of the potluck and then transport them in a baking dish covered with foil to keep warm.

They'll warm up well with a few minutes in the oven if that's an option for you, too.

Roasted Carrots
These delicious roasted carrots are slightly seasoned with garlic and red pepper flakes. Enjoy them as an easy side dish or use them to bulk up a salad or rice dish.
5 from 44 votes
The oven roasted carrots have golden brown edges and are being served on a white platter with a serving spoon.

Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese

Fun Fact: Citrus flavors pair amazingly well with rich, savory turkey and Thanksgiving side dishes.

Make this refreshing citrus salad with chopped pistachios and a sprinkle of goat cheese on a bed of green lettuce. It's a delicious vegetarian option for the potluck, too.

Sunny Citrus Salad
This sunny and fresh citrus salad is the perfect side dish for salmon or your favorite fish. A great healthy family dinner idea.
4.50 from 2 votes
A platter of sliced oranges with crumbled cheese, chopped pistachios, and seasonings.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

I love how the lines between "appetizer" and "side dish" get totally blurred at a potluck party.

This cranberry cream cheese dip with peppery crackers combines some of my favorite Thanksgiving flavors in one easy make ahead dish.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip
Easy make ahead cranberry cream cheese dip with chopped pecans is served with peppery crackers for a delicious holiday appetizer that feeds a crowd. You can easily split the cranberry sauce to make two smaller appetizers and freeze half of it for even easier prep later.
4.99 from 50 votes
A platter has a brick of cream cheese with cranberry sauce spooned over the top. Chopped pecans are used for garnish and crackers and fresh rosemary circle the dip.

Cranberry Orange Muffins

While dinner rolls are usually more traditional, surprise your friends and family with a basket of homemade cranberry orange muffins for the potluck table.

This would be an awesome option if your Thanksgiving potluck starts earlier in the day, too.

Cranberry Orange Muffins
Festive cranberry orange muffins are bursting with fresh cranberries and orange zest, a touch of cinnamon and sweet streusel topping. Bake a batch and freeze ahead of your holiday breakfast to save time during the busy season.
5 from 45 votes
A cranberry orange muffin with cinnamon streusel is wrapped in a bright red muffin paper and sits on a pile of other muffins.

Snicker Salad

Once all the basic side dishes are covered, there's room to play with a potluck menu. Put a smile on everyone's face when you show up with the classic Minnesota salad: Snicker Salad!

Is it a side dish? Is it a dessert? Let the potluck party people decide.

Snicker Salad
Snicker salad is right at home on your holiday table. Is it a side dish or is it a dessert? No one knows for sure, but no matter what it is a tasty part of your holiday meal.
4.77 from 34 votes
A bowl of Snicker Salad next to marshmallows and green apples.

Grape Salad

Bright red grapes, a sweet cream cheese dressing, and crispy toasted pecans make for a lovely fall side dish that would be right at home with the Thanksgiving goodies.

Chicken Salad Chick Grape Salad
This copycat of the famous Chicken Salad Chick Grape Salad recipe is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or serve as a sweet side dish for Easter or a festive brunch. The sweet and creamy dressing is made with cream cheese and brown sugar and topped with crispy pecans for awesome crunch.
4.95 from 56 votes
A big blue bowl is filled with a creamy grape salad with cream cheese, covered in brown sugar and pecans.

Buttermilk Cornbread

Bake a pan of buttermilk cornbread and you can transport it to the potluck right in the baking pan for safe travels.

Pack a bottle of honey and some whipped butter for the perfect garnishes when serving it at the buffet table.

Grandma's Buttermilk Cornbread
This classic southern buttermilk cornbread recipe can be made with or without buttermilk (see the notes for the easy substitution.) Serve it warm with a drizzle of honey and butter.
5 from 37 votes
A white ruffled platter has large squares of homemade buttermilk cornbread.

Cornbread Croutons

With so many rich side dishes on the table, sometimes a light green salad is a relief to see but don't be that person who brings a bagged salad to a potluck. It's not hard to just put in a little bit of effort to make your contribution special.

The best way to dress up a container of salad greens is to bake a batch of homemade cornbread croutons, you can even use a pan of cornbread you bought at the grocery store bakery to make it quicker.

Dress the salad with my buttermilk herb dressing and some dried cranberries, too.

Cornbread Croutons
Buttery, crispy cornbread croutons are an amazing topping for salads with chicken, pork, or shrimp. Pair it with a buttermilk dressing for a delicious southern side dish.
5 from 46 votes
Homemade cornbread croutons on a blue plate next to a bowl of buttermilk dressing.

Thanksgiving Potluck Treats

While technically these goodies fall under the Thanksgiving desserts category, I feel like at a big holiday potluck, all rules are off when it comes to what to put on your plate.

I've seen my own husband and kids fill their plate with main dishes, sides, and something sweet all at once on their way through the buffet line.

A 9x13 dessert bar is so easy to bring to a potluck. You can slice them into small bite-sized servings for "just a taste" sampling or let friends slice more generous portions. Here are a few of my favorites that could work like a tiny side dish or a sweet ending to the meal.

Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars

The crispy cinnamon topping to these cheesecake bars make them especially perfect for Thanksgiving.

They're easy to slice and a tiny square would be absolutely delicious.

Crescent Roll Cheesecake Bars
Layers of flaky crescent rolls surround a creamy cheesecake filling topped with a crispy cinnamon sugar coating. This easy dessert tastes like two treats in one: a delicious rich and creamy cheesecake and a crispy cinnamon churro!
4.98 from 37 votes
Two churro cheesecake bars are stacked on a blue and white plate in front of the baking dish of treats.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Bars

Pumpkin gooey butter cake bars are also incredibly easy to slice into smaller squares and the chewy cake-like base and light pumpkin filling on top would make a tasty bite for the buffet.

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake Bars
These rich and delicious pumpkin gooey butter cake bars are the perfect make-ahead Thanksgiving dessert. They travel really well if you're in charge of bringing the pumpkin dessert!
5 from 45 votes
The sliced pumpkin gooey butter cake bars are on a white plate. There's a dusting of powdered sugar over the top for garnish.

Cranberry Bliss Bars

My cranberry bliss bars are nice and tart and not too sweet.

The gorgeous red and stark white color will make them stand out in the sea of golden brown sides.

Cranberry Bliss Bars
Sweet spiced cookie bars studded with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips are decorated with a stunning cream cheese icing and a drizzle of melted white chocolate. This copycat Starbucks recipe makes a perfect fall treat for Thanksgiving or Christmas parties.
5 from 40 votes
A blue plate has several squares of cranberry bliss bars ready to serve.

Shortbread Pecan Bars

If it has pecans on it, it goes on my plate for Thanksgiving. I absolutely love these shortbread pecan bars with their crispy, chewy texture.

Shortbread Pecan Pie Bars
These rich and chewy shortbread pecan pie bars have a crispy cookie crust, a gooey caramel center, and salty pecans all over the top. Slice up a square to share with friends for fall entertaining.
4.96 from 41 votes
A stack of shortbread pecan pie bars on a cake plate for serving.

Apple Crumble Bars

Easier than pie, these fresh apple crumble bars could work as an apple side dish or you can drizzle them with caramel and put them firmly in the dessert category.

Apple Crumble Bars
These deliciously easy apple crumble bars have a light and flaky apple crumble topping that comes together with just three ingredients. Bake these with your kids for a simple Thanksgiving dessert.
5 from 42 votes
A square of apple crumble bars is served on a white plate with a drizzle of caramel sauce over the top.

Apple Crisp Bars

The chewy oat topping on these apple crisp bars are hiding chunks of butterscotch mixed in with those apples. YUM.

Apple Crisp Bars
Homemade apple crisp bars with pecans, oats, and the special secret ingredient: butterscotch chips! This delicious dessert bar is the perfect treat for a fall dinner, Halloween, or even an easy Thanksgiving dessert.
5 from 45 votes
Tiered cake plate serves squares of apple crisp bars with an oat crumble topping and butterscotch chips.

Easy Pumpkin Pie

What's a potluck without a Thanksgiving pie?? This easy pumpkin pie could be sliced into very thin slices for sampling on the buffet table.

Easy Pumpkin Pie
This easy pumpkin pie recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep and is perfect for a first time pie baker. Make a delicious Thanksgiving pie to add to the family feast in just minutes.
5 from 6 votes
A pumpkin pie in a white pie plate.

Easy Pecan Pie

If you want to make the whole pie instead of my pecan bars, you'll love this gorgeous pecan pie. It is one of my best make ahead travel-friendly Thanksgiving desserts.

Easy Pecan Pie Recipe
This easy pecan pie recipe can be made with or without corn syrup if you use the simple substitutions. A splash of bourbon adds depth of flavor but could also be omitted if you desire. This classic holiday pie is filled with salty crunch and an ooey-gooey filling everyone will love.
5 from 6 votes
The homemade pecan pie is in a white pie dish on a blue background.

Apple Pie

A travel-friendly apple slab pie is fun to serve at a potluck because the slices get cut into squares. You can set the whole pie out with a knife and a spatula or pre-slice the squares onto serving plates for the buffet table.

Apple Slab Pie
This freezer-friendly apple slab pie is a delicious fresh apple dessert any time of year. The flaky pie crust and juicy apples are great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
5 from 40 votes
A square piece of apple pie has a fork taking a bite.

Salted Caramel Sauce

If you show up with a jar of this salted caramel sauce in your hand, your Thanksgiving potluck host is going to swoon. If it's a big potluck? Make two jars because there won't be a drop left.

Everyone will be looking for just about anything to drizzle it on but you can suggest they start with almost any of the desserts listed above!

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
This addictive homemade caramel sauce makes an excellent ice cream topping or dessert sauce for fall treats.
4.98 from 46 votes
A mason jar filled with homemade caramel sauce with a spoon.

More Thanksgiving Ideas

Now that you're ready to cook for your Thanksgiving potluck party, what about the rest of your holiday?

Don't miss my other easy Thanksgiving recipes for your family feast:

The photo collage shows 5 delicious side dishes to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck party.

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