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20 Travel-Ready Potluck Recipes Perfect for All Your Holiday Parties

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Looking for the perfect dish to contribute to a holiday party? Pick one of these 20 holiday potluck recipes—ranging from classics like sweet potato casserole to colorful fall salads to show-stopping pies. All are smart, make-ahead dishes, easily transportable, and sure to please the crowd.

Shaved Carrot Tart with Ricotta

carrot tart

Carrot Tart

Photograph by Beth Galton | Food Styling by Mariana Velasquez

Piles of colorful carrot ribbons—which skew more savory than sweet, thanks to a lemony coriander-flecked dressing—come out of the oven glistening and retaining some of their bite. The keys to the couldn't-be-flakier crust beneath: keeping the ingredients as cold as possible, and not overhandling the dough. Leftovers of the tart can be refrigerated and recrisped in the oven the next day. Get the recipe for Shaved Carrot Tart with Ricotta »

Sour Cream Corn Bread

Lee Bailey's Sour Cream Cornbread

Sour Cream Cornbread

Matt Taylor-Gross

This simple Southern-style cornbread harkens to cookbook author Lee Bailey's Louisiana upbringing and highlights his simple entertaining and cooking style. Get the recipe for Sour Cream Corn Bread »

Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint

Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint

Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint

Neal Santos

The dressing for this cumin-spiced salad is made from the carrots' cooking liquid, which concentrates into a sweet syrup when reduced. Get the recipe for Moroccan Carrots with Aleppo Pepper and Mint »

Celery Root, Carrot, and Potato Gratin

Celery Root, Carrot, and Potato Gratin

Celery Root, Carrot, and Potato Gratin

Anders Schonnemann

This simple, comforting root vegetable gratin is perfumed with fragrant thyme and bay leaves before being baked with a bubbly Gruyère crust. Get the recipe for Celery Root, Carrot, and Potato Gratin »

Fried Brussels Sprouts

Sara Gore's Fried Brussel Sprouts

Fried Brussel Sprouts

Matt Taylor-Gross

Get your sprouts crispy all over with a quick trip through a deep fryer, then dress the, in a sweet-and-sour sauce of honey and balsamic. Fried shallots, walnuts, and Parmesan bring texture and flavor, and a dose of lemon zest ties it all together. Get the recipe for Fried Brussels Sprouts »

Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cashews

Sweet Potato Collard Green Salad, Senegalese Thanksgiving

Sweet Potato Collard Green Salad, Senegalese Thanksgiving

Ryan Liebe

The flavor of raw collard greens combines perfectly with tender roasted sweet potatoes and tangy, rich goat cheese in this hearty starter. Get the recipe for Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cashews »

Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro

Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro

Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro

Matt Taylor-Gross

Fragrant with star anise, chiles de árbol, and cilantro, these mushrooms brown to a crisp on the outside while remaining tender inside. Get the recipe for Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro »

Homemade Pasta with Spicy Cabbage and Bacon (Krpice)

Pasta

Cabbage Bacon Pasta

Chris Court

Cabbage is a staple vegetable in Slovenia; here it is wilted in bacon fat and spiced with cayenne before being tossed with homemade noodle dough for this traditional pasta dish. Get the recipe for Homemade Pasta with Spicy Cabbage and Bacon (Krpice) »

Creamed Swiss Chard with Gorgonzola, Rye Bread Crumbs, and Walnuts

Creamed Swiss Chard with Gorgonzola, Rye Bread Crumbs, and Walnuts, Late Winter Feast

Creamed Swiss Chard with Gorgonzola, Rye Bread Crumbs, and Walnuts, Late Winter Feast

Bill Phelps

In this bulked-up version of the classic side dish, chard replaces spinach, and Gorgonzola adds depth and a creamier texture. Get the recipe for Creamed Swiss Chard with Gorgonzola, Rye Bread Crumbs, and Walnuts »

Pecan Cheese Wafers

Pecan Cheese Wafers

Pecan Cheese Wafers

Ingalls Photography

Pecans lightly brushed with egg whites are baked into cheesy, buttery wafers with a touch of chile flakes. Get the recipe for Pecan Cheese Wafers »

Autumn Panzanella Salad

Autumn Panzanella Salad

Autumn Panzanella Salad

Laura Sant

Crispy pancetta, peppery arugula, and sweet sautéed shallots give a fall spin to panzanella. Get the recipe for Autumn Panzanella Salad »

Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie

Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie

Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie

Andrew Ingalls

A decadent mix of chocolates and ginger ups the ante on a classic Southern pie. Get the recipe for Chocolate Ginger Chess Pie »

Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

Cheddar Cheese Biscuit

Cheddar Cheese Biscuit

Vanessa Rees

When making these buttery little biscuits, opt for a true American cheese—fourth-generation Wisconsin cheese maker Sid Cook, of Carr Valley Cheese, advised us to use a 3-year-old extra-sharp cheddar. Get the recipe for Cheddar Cheese Biscuits »

Pear Tarte Tatin

Pear Tarte Tatin

Pear Tarte Tatin

Vanessa Rees

This tart is traditionally made with apples, but firm-fleshed pears make a delicate and delicious alternative. Get the recipe for Pear Tarte Tatin »

Spinach Madeleine

Spinach Madeleine

Spinach Madeleine

Vanessa Rees

A sauce of unabashedly flavorful ingredients—including evaporated milk and, yes, Velveeta cheese—makes for a spectacularly rich take on creamed spinach. Get the recipe for Spinach Madeleine »

Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw

Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw

Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw

Vanessa Rees

Coleslaw gets a makeover as a filling and hearty casserole that test kitchen assistant Sarah Ruth Maier grew up eating at family functions. Get the recipe for Van Valkenberg Hot Slaw »

Green Bean Casserole

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Laura Sant

With a creamy mushroom sauce and topped with flash fried onions, this holiday classic is the epitome of a crowd-pleasing casserole. Get the recipe for Green Bean Casserole »

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

Sweet Potato Casserole Pecan Crumble

Sweet Potato Casserole Pecan Crumble

Todd Coleman

This sweet potato casserole is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with marshmallows. Get the recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble »

Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies

Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies

Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies

Matt Taylor-Gross

Hushpuppies—little cornbread fritters you could eat like popcorn—get a dose of zesty pimento cheese for extra richness. Get the recipe for Pimento Cheese Hush Puppies »

Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs

Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs

Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs

Ryan Liebe

These are savory baked beans, but they have no Boston sweetness. Think of this gratin as a meatless cassoulet meant to accompany a roast, or, if you're a true bean lover like me, a good green salad. It can be made with fresh shelling beans, including lima or cranberry, or any large dried white beans. Get the recipe for Lima Bean Gratin with Herbed Bread Crumbs »

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