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.)
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.
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
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
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
Get the recipe for Awesome Sausage, Apple, and Cranberry Stuffing at AllRecipes.com
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
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
Get the recipe for Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole at AllRecipes.com
Get the recipe for Creamed Pearl Onions at FoodNetwork.com
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
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
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
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
Get the recipe for Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes at AllRecipes.com
Get the recipe for Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread at AllRecipes.com
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
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
Get the recipe for My Sister Maria's Easy Apple Cake and Ice Cream from FoodNetwork.com
Get the recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies at AllRecipes.com
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