Although we applaud anyone who can take on the demands of a holiday feast alone, the truth is that most of us would probably rather not accept that kind of pressure. Stress is all but inevitable. To spare your nerves and make this holiday dinner a potluck, divide all of the classic dishes amongst the guests—the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie—and then set the table. Doesn’t that sound much easier?
Well, we don’t want to stop at simply making a potluck plan. We also want to provide recipe ideas so that your potluck goes off without a hitch. Use these nine ideas to get the quality dishes you expect on this holiday, but do so without the time and effort needed when trying to get everything done yourself. While you might get not get all of the accolades, it’ll be worth it to share the responsibility.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
As a kid, you probably wouldn’t have been all that excited to scoop this dish onto your plate—but as an adult, you may feel differently about Brussels sprouts. Abbey Rodriguez of The Butter Half serves up roasted Brussels sprouts with chopped garlic, bacon, and pomegranate, giving the dish a crunchy, savory taste with a hint of sweetness. “If prepping early, omit the pomegranate seeds until ready to serve,” Rodriguez recommends.
Easy Vegan Stuffing
We can almost guarantee that everyone at your holiday feast will enjoy Caroline Phelps's stuffing recipe from Pickled Plum, which includes all of the classic flavors in one irresistible vegan dish. The recipe calls for diced onion and celery alongside chopped pecans, sage, rosemary, and parsley.
Everything is combined with white bread, vegetable broth, and a flaxseed egg (which is just ground flaxseed and water) for a rich and healthy serving. “Of course, the texture is best when it’s fresh. So making this easy homemade stuffing on the same day as your big holiday feast is recommended,” Phelps notes.
Cranberry is a classic flavor for fall holidays, of course, but if you’re in charge of bringing this to a potluck, don’t settle for the flavor from a can. This recipe from Pickled Plum mixes frozen cranberries with sugar, cinnamon, and orange and lemon juice for a side that’s layered and quick—it all comes together in 20 minutes. “The cinnamon especially added a beautifully sweet and aromatic flavor to the relish,” Phelps says.
Scalloped Sweet Potato Casserole
This scalloped sweet potato casserole recipe from Food Faith Fitness is bound to make you look like a seasoned chef when you place it on the buffet line, but we promise that it’s easier to assemble than it looks. Recipe creator Taylor Kiser mixes thinly sliced white and orange sweet potatoes with garlic, onion, coconut milk, and thyme, and adds in roughly chopped pecans for a crunch, too.
Make sure the top is golden before serving, which gives the dish the perfect contrast between crispiness and fluffiness.
Harvest Cranberry, Persimmon, and Burrata Salad
Those who decide to bring a salad to a potluck shouldn’t show up with bare leaves and bottled dressing—truly, this is your time to shine. If you stick to this recipe from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, which layers baby kale, walnuts, persimmons, dried cranberries, and clementines together with burrata and pepitas, then you’re sure to make this starter dish stand out.
“It’s a salad you can throw together in literally minutes and has very minimal ingredients, but yet is still full of flavor and so healthy, too,” Gerard adds.
Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread
This recipe from Half Baked Harvest answers another important need: the one for appetizers. Bring along this pull-apart bread, which is made with its namesake ingredients on sourdough plus brown sugar and chopped pecans, and you’ll guarantee that no one is completely starving before the feast. “When I presented it to my family it was gone in minutes. There’s really nothing not to love,” Gerard claims.
Crockpot Three Cheeses Mashed Potatoes
Bringing mashed potatoes to a potluck dinner has a bit of pressure attached since you know that everyone is looking forward to this side on their plates, but don’t be discouraged. Thanks to this foolproof recipe from Half Baked Harvest, you’ll make a dish that’s easy to love.
Gerard recommends adding five pounds of potatoes into a slow cooker alongside garlic, chicken broth, salt, and pepper. Once they’re ready and mashed, add parmesan, gruyere, and cheddar cheese. “In all seriousness, these mashed potatoes are life-changing in the way that they are cooked, and in the way that they taste,” Gerard admits.
Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey With White Wine Pan Gravy
If you’re in charge of the main dish, take a peek at this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. It’s made with fresh herbs, lemon, and garlic for the turkey, and then a pan sauce of white wine, butter, fresh sage, and broth. Sure, you might need to put some effort into this one, but it will be worth it. “The secret to my turkey is a butter-soaked cheesecloth,” she suggests. “It’s genius!”
Chai Pumpkin Pie With Maple Whipped Cream
Pumpkin pie is a de facto fall-friendly dessert, so you should be prepared with this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. Pumpkin purée, whipping cream, maple syrup, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger make up the filling, which is then topped with maple whipped cream and chia sugar. “In a lot of ways, this pie is very similar to your favorite chai latte, but with plenty of pumpkin and a generous dollop of whipped cream,” Gerard notes.