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

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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.

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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:

Mains

Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie
Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie
Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie
Lentil Walnut Loaf

Lentil Walnut Loaf by Gena Hamshaw

Sausage and Apple Pie

Sausage and Apple Pie by Kate McDermott-Art of the Pie

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash
Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash

Stuffing

What We Call Stuffing: Challah, Mushroom, and Celery

What We Call Stuffing: Challah, Mushroom, and Celery by MrsWheelbarrow

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potato, and Mushrooms

Ciabatta Stuffing with Chorizo, Sweet Potato, and Mushrooms by melissav

Sourdough Stuffing with Kale, Dates, and Sausage
Sourdough Stuffing with Kale, Dates, and Sausage
(Freezable) Stuffing with Caramelized Onions & Kale

(Freezable) Stuffing with Caramelized Onions & Kale by Alexandra Stafford

Strata with Sausage and Greens

Strata with Sausage and Greens by Merrill Stubbs

Sides

Mashed Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
Todd Coleman's Potato Gratin

Todd Coleman's Potato Gratin by Genius Recipes

Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Salad with Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Rainbow Chard and Wild Rice Salad with Blood Orange Vinai... by Elizabeth Stark

Carrot, Lentil, and Feta Salad

Carrot, Lentil, and Feta Salad by Christopher Kibler

Cornbread with Chorizo

Cornbread with Chorizo by boulangere

Baked Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash & Gruyère
Baked Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash & Gruyère

Dessert

Apple Galette with Tahini Frangipane & Honey-Hibiscus Glaze
Apple Galette with Tahini Frangipane & Honey-Hibiscus Glaze
Julia Turshen's Angel Food Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Julia Turshen's Angel Food Bread Pudding with Butterscotc... by Julia Turshen

Lemony Hazelnut Cake with Fall Fruit & Cardamom

Lemony Hazelnut Cake with Fall Fruit & Cardamom by Sarah Jampel

Pear and Chestnut Pie

Pear and Chestnut Pie by Skye | From My Dining Table

Ginger Apple Torte

Ginger Apple Torte by drbabs

Thanksgiving Babka
Thanksgiving Babka

In case you need a little more Thanksgiving help:

Food52's Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker Is Here!

Food52's Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker Is Here! by Caroline Lange

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To-Go Casserole Carrier (Set of 2)

To-Go Casserole Carrier (Set of 2)

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