Last updated on November 26, 2019 at 11:23 am
If you aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year, you are likely browsing your cookbooks to see what you can bring to your turkey day gathering. Given that 91 percent of people drive to their holiday destination, making Thanksgiving recipes that travel well is a must. We picked ten crowd-pleasing recipes that you can make ahead and shouldn’t spill or get ruined during your trip.
- Cranberry Sauce. It’s a classic and it’s also easily stored in a travel-friendly plastic container. Transfer it to a nicer bowl when you arrive at your destination and ta-da!
- Green Bean Casserole. A Thanksgiving tradition and must-have. With only a few key ingredients and simple steps, it’s easy to make and can be reheated.
- Stuffing. You don’t need to be the one making the turkey to make this Thanksgiving staple. It’s easy to bake before you leave your house and all you need to do is reheat again for 20-25 minutes before dinner is served.
- Mashed Potatoes. They’re already mashed so they won’t get any more mashed on the way to Uncle John’s house. There won’t be any issues in transporting them and you’ll free up stovetop space for other items.
- Roasted Vegetables. While they might not be the most exciting Thanksgiving side dish, they do give the table some nice color (and healthiness). Brussel sprouts, potatoes and carrots go well together but you can pick any veggies you like.
- Butternut Squash. Another classic Thanksgiving dish. This is a good one to make ahead because it takes almost an hour to roast the squash. Cover the dish and re-heat when you get to your gathering.
- Sweet Potato Casserole. There can never be too many variations of potatoes at Thanksgiving! Try this recipe for a twist on a classic. The marshmallow toppings almost make it feel like a dessert.
- Cheesy Cornbread. Add some big flavor to your traditional cornbread with this delicious alternative. This recipe is a mix between cornbread and corn casserole and will be flying off the platter at your Thanksgiving.
- Cranberry Cheesecake. Cheesecake actually tastes best a few days after it’s made so this is a no-brainer for a make-ahead dessert that will travel well to your Thanksgiving dinner.
- Pumpkin Pie. Is it really Thanksgiving if you don’t have something pumpkin? Make a little extra so you’ll be able to enjoy for days after it gets gobbled up at your Thanksgiving feast.
While there are many Thanksgiving recipes that travel well, be wary of those that don’t. Pass on offering to make a stew, soup or gravy, as those are likely to spill on a car ride. Anything that should be eaten right after it comes out of the oven, and can’t withstand cooling and reheating should also be low on the list of traveling Thanksgiving items. Did we miss your favorite Thanksgiving recipe? Let us know by leaving a comment or by tweeting us!
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