Great Dishes for Potluck Parties

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Table Set for a Party

It’s inevitable this time of year … the dreaded e-mail (or flyer, or sign-up sheet) requesting your illustrious contribution to the annual Thanksgiving office/neighborhood/apartment community party. I signed up to make a pumpkin cheesecake this year – not the easiest thing to make, but it was all that came to mind when I was face-to-face with a blank list. If you are wondering what to make for your upcoming office party, block party, or neighborhood potluck, here are some easy options that won’t take too much time out of your busy day:

Apple Tart. Just make some pie crust (or buy some), and roll it out very thin. Slice apples, sprinkle with sugar, and put them in the center of the dough. Fold the crust up over the apples, brush it with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar, and bake it.

Cajun Spiced Pecans. This is probably the easiest recipe on the list. Just put some pecans in a slow cooker and coat them with chili powder, salt, oregano, thyme, basil, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Set the slow cooker on high for 15 minutes, then set it on low and leave it for about two hours, uncovered. Stir occasionally.

Apple Pecan Cornbread Dressing. This is Thanksgiving in a nutshell (uh, baking dish). Apples, pecans, and cornbread – what’s not to love?

Pumpkin Bread. This is a little more complicated, but very worth it! You’ll be the hit of the party with this yummy loaf.

Sweet Potato Casserole. Of course – this is a Thanksgiving feast staple.

Pumpkin Pie. A tradition and a must-have – and very easy, especially if you use ready-made pie crust and a can or two of pumpkin puree!

Cranberry-Tangerine Relish. This is delicious, easy, and you don’t have to bake it. What could be better?