A Thanksgiving potluck at work is a great team-building activity to celebrate the holiday together and drive employee engagement. For a "Worksgiving," everyone brings in a dish that can feed the whole team — an appetizer, side dish, or dessert — and the manager or other leader can handle the main event: the turkey.
But you don't have to be a professional chef to bring in a dish that will have all your coworkers asking for the recipe. No matter how experienced you are in the kitchen, these 20 Thanksgiving potluck recipes will ensure that you only have to return home with a tray scraped clean. (Try not to drool too much while looking at these pictures.)
1. Sugar-Coated Pecans
Everyone needs a little something to snack on before they sit down for the meal, and sugar-coated pecans are the perfect seasonal snack. Bonus: they're super easy to make, and they're sure to impress. If you have pecans, cinnamon, sugar, and an egg, you can pull this recipe off in no time.
Get the recipe for sugar-coated pecans from AllRecipes.com.
2. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer that always look much harder to make than they are. You can whip up a plate of these eggs in under an hour. Be careful with the hot sauce; you don't want to make them too deviled for some of your coworkers.
Get the recipe for Di's Delicious Deluxe Deviled Eggs from AllRecipes.com
3. Pumpkin Dip
This festive dip is incredibly easy, but you have the opportunity to really wow on presentation. Add some gingersnaps, apple slices, or graham crackers for dipping.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Dip at AllRecipes.com
4. Cheese Ball
Cheese and crackers are always a simple crowd-pleaser to whet everyone's appetites before the meal. Add a little bit of drama to the dish by making an easy cheese ball with pecans, perfect for the season.
Get the recipe for Easy Cheese Ball at AllRecipes.com
5. Sausage, Cranberry, and Apple Stuffing
Sure, you could always just bring a few boxes of Stove Top, but this extra-fancy (but not extra-difficult) stuffing will surely impress. Most of your time will be spent chopping up the delicious apples, onion, and herbs, but from then on, it's a mostly just throwing all the ingredients together. The key is finding some seriously good loaves of both white and wheat bread to up this stuffing's delicious factor. And of course, the final touch is a little turkey sausage. Who needs to actually stuff a turkery with stuffing when it's this good to eat on its own?
Get the recipe for Awesome Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing at AllRecipes.com
6. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
You want to really make your coworkers happy? Switch up the veggie side dish to make a delicous butternut squash mac and cheese. You definitely won't have any leftovers. Plus, the recipe calls for already cooked and cut butternut squash that you can buy at the store, so you don't have to slave forever in the kitchen either. This recipe is particularly great as a main course for any vegetarians in the office.
Get the recipe for Rachael Ray's Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese at FoodNetwork.com
7. Green Beans With Walnuts
This simple, flavor-packed side dish recipe can be prepared in advance, which makes it far more convenient for you. The walnuts escalate the dish into something you can show off with in your office.
Get the recipe for Green Beans with Walnuts at AllRecipes.com
8. Sweet Potato Casserole
No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without at least one sweet potato casserole. The dish is so delicious, it's almost dessert and not a side dish. And what no one wants to tell you? It's also incredibly easy, as along as you have plenty of butter and sugar in the pantry.
Get the recipe for Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole at AllRecipes.com
9. Creamed Pearl Onions
Pearl onions might not be the first go-to Thanksgiving potluck recipe, but once your coworkers have tried these, they will surely be a family Thanksgiving staple. You can even change them up a bit by adding some dijon mustard for a different kick. (And no one will tell if you buy the pearl onions frozen in the supermarket.)
Get the recipe for Creamed Pearl Onions at FoodNetwork.com
10. Cranberry Sauce
You could go to the grocery store and pick up some canned cranberry sauce mold on your way to the office. Or you could seriously impress with this homemade, and not that difficult, cranberry sauce recipe. Considering the prep time is only a measly fifteen minutes, you should probably go with the latter.
Get the recipe for Holiday Cranberry Sauce at AllRecipes.com
11. Brussels Sprouts With Bacon
If anyone complains about Brussels sprouts, just remind them that you are also the one who brought the bacon to the party. Nobody can deny bacon. And because the recipe could not be easier, you won't be stuck in the kitchen before work preparing.
Get the recipe for Quick Brussels and Bacon at AllRecipes.com
12. Green Bean Casserole
Another classic holiday recipe, this green bean casserole serves up your daily dose of veggies with enough cheese to make everyone in your office super happy.
Get the recipe for Best Green Bean Casserole at AllRecipes.com
13. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This recipe is for the slightly savvier chefs, but when you see how it turns out, you know the time will be worth your coworkers' gasps of amazement. Each of your team members will get his or her own sweet potato, stuffed with all the marshmallow, pecan, sugary goodness.
Get the recipe for Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Pecan and Marshmallow Streudel at FoodNetwork.com
14. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
There can never be too many mashed potatoes at any Thanksgiving feast. Fancy your batch up a bit with roasted garlic, but maybe make sure you bring mints, too, because they will taste delicious but no one wants to be stuck in a room with dozens of people with garlic breath.
Get the recipe for Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes at AllRecipes.com
Cornbread is easy to make, and you can finish it ahead of time so you're not scrambling when potluck day comes around. If you're not exceptionally talented in the kitchen, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser no matter your skill level.
Get the recipe for Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread at AllRecipes.com
16. Sweet Potato Fries
If your Thanksgiving potluck is going to have loads of guests in a standing-room only conference room, sweet potato fries are a fun alternative to a classic side dish that will make it super easy for everyone to chow down. Bonus points if you add a maple or mashmallow dipping sauce instead of ketchup to keep in line with the season.
Get the recipe for Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries at AllRecipes.com
17. Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
Go a little against the grain for dessert and your coworkers will love you for it. There might be a lot of pies on the conference room table, but you can wow with a pumpin and pecan cheesecake that combos the best of the best in Thanksgiving desserts. Just don't forget the whipped cream.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake at AllRecipes.com
18. Apple Cake
Don't panic if you're not a baker. This easy apple cake uses a box of yellow cake mix as its base (not that anyone has to know). All you have to do is toss in some apples, cinnamon, butter, and sugar to the prepared batter to make this delicious cake. Top it off with a side of vanilla or rum raisin ice cream.
Get the recipe for My Sister Maria's Easy Apple Cake and Ice Cream from FoodNetwork.com
19. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Kick your ordinary chocolate chip cookies up a notch with some canned pumpkin, and you've made a treat your coworkers will probably be stuffing in their briefcases to bring home.
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies at AllRecipes.com
20. Apple Crisp
Easier to make than a homemade pie and arguably more delicious, apple crisp is the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving gathering. Vanilla ice cream is an absolute must.
Get the recipe for Apple Crisp at AllRecipes.com
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