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22 Pack-and-Go Dishes For the Road (And Thanksgiving Table)

Ideally, you’ve prepped the casseroles, pies, and sauces days (maybe weeks!) before the big Thanksgiving meal. Then, the morning of, you’d simply pull those pans out of the freezer and warm them up as brothers, sisters, cousins, and grandparents walk through the door.

At least that’s my ideal world. But not everyone’s a perfectionist. In fact, embracing the messy, collaborative nature of Thanksgiving is probably more in line with seasonal gratitude. Instead of the host doing everything alone, the best Thanksgiving meals are potlucks where everyone shares the cooking.

If you’re asking (or have been asked) to bring a dish for Thanksgiving, you’ll want something portable and easy to assemble. No delicate tiered cakes or sloshy soups. We’re talking rolls, stuffings, and potatoes—the dishes that can handle bumpy transports and ample time on the counter. Take a gander at our top candidates:


Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie
by Erin McDowell
Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie
by Marian Bull
Lentil Walnut Loaf
by Gena Hamshaw
Sausage and Apple Pie
by Kate McDermott-Art of the Pie
Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash
by Gena Hamshaw


What We Call Stuffing: Challah, Mushroom, and Celery
by MrsWheelbarrow
Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potato, and Mushrooms
by melissav
Sourdough Stuffing with Kale, Dates, and Sausage
by Ali Slagle
(Freezable) Stuffing with Caramelized Onions & Kale
by Alexandra Stafford
Strata with Sausage and Greens
by Merrill Stubbs


Mashed Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
by ashleyza
Todd Coleman’s Potato Gratin
by Genius Recipes
Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Salad with Blood Orange Vinai…
by Elizabeth Stark
Carrot, Lentil, and Feta Salad
by Christopher Kibler
Cornbread with Chorizo
by boulangere
Baked Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash & Gruyère
by Alexandra Stafford


Apple Galette with Tahini Frangipane & Honey-Hibiscus Glaze
by Sarah Jampel
Julia Turshen’s Angel Food Bread Pudding with Butterscotc…
by Julia Turshen
Lemony Hazelnut Cake with Fall Fruit & Cardamom
by Sarah Jampel
Pear and Chestnut Pie
by Skye | From My Dining Table
Ginger Apple Torte
by drbabs
Thanksgiving Babka
by Ivorygalny

In case you need a little more Thanksgiving help:

Food52’s Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker Is Here!
by Caroline Lange
To-Go Casserole Carrier (Set of 2)

What are your transportable Thanksgiving dishes? Share any tips or disaster stories in the comments!

(via Food52)

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