Last-Minute Side Dishes to Bring to a Thanksgiving Potluck
Even if you’ve been looking forward to your friend’s Thanksgiving potluck for weeks, the busy holiday season makes it easier than ever for time to slip away from you. All of a sudden, the neighborhood get-together is tonight, and it’s time to whip up something fast. Don’t fret. Just because a dish needs to be made in a jiffy doesn’t mean it can’t be the star of your potluck spread. From mashed potatoes loaded with everything from bacon to goat cheese to a scrumptious skillet macaroni and cheese topped with baked breadcrumbs, we’ve collected the perfect mix of quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish recipes to make for your Thanksgiving potluck. Instead of wondering what to bring on Thanksgiving, these easy Thanksgiving potluck ideas may leave you considering how many side dishes you might have time to whip up last minute. We’re sure your friends won’t mind if you can’t decide on just one dish.
Recipe: Fennel-and-Potato Gratin
Impressive enough for a holiday party, but simple enough for everyday supper, this cheesy potato gratin is packed with flavor.
Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots Recipe
You won’t need to coax the kids into eating their vegetables with carrots this colorful and delicious. Ready in just 35 minutes – with only 5 minutes on hands on time, we might add – this quick and tasty side dish is the perfect last minute addition to your holiday menu.
Skillet Squash Blossom Recipe
Recipe: Skillet Squash Blossom Recipe
Eye-catching yet deceivingly easy, this quick and delicious side dish is almost too pretty to serve.
Smashed Baby Red Potatoes
Recipe: Smashed Baby Red Potatoes
If you’re looking for a side dish that’s sure to be a smash this Thanksgiving, look no further. These baby red potatoes get a double dose of flavor through our two-step cooking process and pair perfectly with turkey for the big feast.
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Recipe: Goat Cheese Mashed Potato Recipe
In two simple steps, you’ll have a bowl of mash potatoes that’s truly over the top.
Collard Green Creole Dirty Rice Recipe
Chef, cookbook author, and recipe developer Virginia Willis pairs Southern collard greens with rice to create a dirty rice that’s perfect with hot cornbread.
Root Vegetable Gratin Recipe
Recipe: Root Vegetable Gratin Recipe
Bring the best of seasonal veggies to your Thanksgiving table in this 6-ingredient root vegetable recipe.
Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons Recipe
In less than an hour, this baked Brussels spout recipe is ready to make it’s way to the table.
Rustic Mashed Potatoes with Whole-Grain Mustard Recipe
These buttery mashed potatoes are sure to top your average taters.
Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Crispy Scallions
With bacon and scallions built in, these taters are definitely special occasion worthy.
Cornbread Dressing with Kale and Bacon Recipe
A new twist on a traditional cornbread dressing, oven-baked kale and smoky bacon take this holiday dish up a notch.
Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs Recipe
If you ask us, mac and cheese is a must-have staple in any holiday spread. This scrumptious skillet version delivers with three kinds of cheese and baked breadcrumbs on top.
Brussels Sprout-and-Leek Slaw with Bacon and Pecans Recipe
Leave slaw out of a bag behind with this fresh, flavorful version that features the perfect balance of sweet and tart taste.
Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are a must on the holiday menu, and this brown butter recipe is sure to rise above the rest.
Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Topped with roasted tomatoes, this seemingly time intensive (but actually only 30 minute) recipe is sure to delight kids and adults alike.
Grits Dressing Recipe
Recipe: Grits Dressing Recipe
A classic in our recipe box, this dish from November of 1993 takes cornbread dressing over the top by using grits instead of cornmeal.
Classic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
Recipe: Classic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
Easily one of our most versatile sides, this creamy scalloped potatoes casserole is sure to be a crowd favorite.
Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
Recipe: Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
This melt-in-your-mouth macaroni and cheese recipe is full of smoky flavor and far from ordinary.
Shrimp and Grits Dressing
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Dressing
Bring the taste of the Lowcountry to your Thanksgiving table with this must-try, Southern-inspired dressing.
Mashed Potato Bakes
Recipes: 5 Delicious Mashed Potato Bakes
Baked with tasty additions, like chorizo sausage and caramelized onions, these tasty variations on mashed potatoes just might become a staple on your dinner table.
Slow-Cooker Green Beans Recipe
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Green Beans Recipe
Free up some precious stove-top space with a slow cooker green bean recipe that will remind you of mama’s.
Sweet Potato-and-Collard Green Gratin Recipe
It doesn’t get much more splendidly Southern then sweet potatoes and collard greens.
Parmesan Corn Pudding
Recipe: Parmesan Corn Pudding
You’re sure to love the abbreviated preparation and cheesy Parmesan twist on this classic corn pudding.