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Best Bring-a-Dish Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Updated on November 11, 2009

You're Invited to Thanksgiving Dinner!!

And you get to bring a covered dish!

So you've been invited to Thanksgiving Dinner, and you're supposed to bring something.

Something besides a bottle of wine and the pleasure of your fabulous presence.

Here are a few tried-and-true favorites that are easy to make, go well with the main dish (turkey, of course) and everyone likes them. Even the kids.

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Easy Creamy and Incredibly Awesome Corn Casserole

Believe me, you won't be taking any of this home afterwords. This dish turns out nice and moist, don't be surprised if you need to spoon it out like stuffing.

1/2 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
1 (8.5 ounce) package dry corn bread mix
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14.75 ounce) can creamed corn
1 cup sour cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and lightly grease a 9x9 inch baking dish.
2. In a medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, corn bread mix, whole and creamed corn and sour cream. Spoon mixture into prepared dish.
3. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown.

Extra decadent option: after baking, spread 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese on top, place back in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Serve warm.

Cranberry Walnut Relish That Just Keeps Getting Better

This relish is is best several days after you make it. Prepare it early in the week, cover and refrigerate. Last year, I made a double batch, froze half for Christmas, and it was even more tasty.

12 ounces fresh or frozen
3/4 cup white sugar
1 (12 ounce) jar orange marmalade or 1/2 jar orange marmalade, 1/2 jar peach preserves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place cranberries in a shallow 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar, cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
2. Remove from oven and sprinkle with walnuts. Re-cover and bake for 10 minutes.
3. Remove from oven and stir in marmalade and lemon juice. Mix well. Cool to room temperature. Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving.

If desired, top with additional chopped walnut before serving.

What's In This That Makes It So Good Cranberry Relish

You can whip up this dish in about 30 seconds. If you make it ahead of time, stir in pecans right before serving.

1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 pinch ground cloves
1/4 cup chopped pecans

In a bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, pineapple, apple pie spice and cloves. Stir in pecans. Serve immediately.

Everyone Will Really Love Your Best Green Beans

A quick and easy favorite Thanksgiving side-dish, the soy sauce makes for great flavor.

1/2 pound sliced bacon, diced
4 fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, diced
2 (15.5 ounce) cans French cut
green beans
1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce

1. Place bacon into a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook until browned, stirring occasionally.Drain all but a small amount of the grease. Add the mushrooms and garlic,reduce the heat to medium-low. Let cook for long enough to soften garlic and mushrooms. Stir in the green beans and soy sauce, and heat through.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes You Can't Get Enough Of

Just make a double batch, you'll be glad you did.

6 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup olive oil
7 baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup milk (warm)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter (room temp)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Place garlic cloves in a small baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, cover, and bake 45 minutes, or until golden brown.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add potatoes, and cook until tender but firm. Drain well, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Place roasted garlic, milk, Parmesan cheese, and butter into the bowl with the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher.

I'm Going Back For More Sweet Potato Casserole


3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (you can use canned)

1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup eggnog
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter, chilled

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat one 2 quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Combine the mashed sweet potatoes, 1/3 cup brown sugar, eggnog, melted butter, vanilla extract, salt and egg whites. Spoon mixture into the prepared baking dish.
3. Combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar and flour. Cut in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the sweet potato mixture.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes

optional: fold in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to sweet potato mixture

Crowd-Pleaser Squash Casserole With Pecan Topping

Similar to sweet potato casserole, not quite as sweet!

3 c. mashed cooked acorn or butternut squash
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 stick butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla, divided
2 eggs, well beaten

For topping:
1/2 stick butter
1/3 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/3 c brown sugar

Combine squash, sugar, butter, and only 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Beat together well the remaining teaspoon of vanilla and eggs. Combine thoroughly with squash mixture. Place in a greased 1 1/2 quart casserole.

Using a fork, mix together the brown sugar, butter, flour and pecans. Sprinkle over casserole.

Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees

Try adding nutmeg or cinnamon in your filling for extra flavor

How About Some Healthy Roasted Vegetables


1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 red onion, quartered
2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
3 yukon gold potatoes, cubed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 475°F.
2. In a large bowl, combine the squash, red bell peppers, sweet potato, and Yukon Gold potatoes. Separate the red onion quarters into pieces, and add them to the mixture.
3. In a small bowl, stir together thyme, rosemary, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss with vegetables until they are coated. Spread evenly on a large roasting pan.
4. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or until vegetables are cooked through and browned.

They'll be glad you brought the Cool Whip Cheesecake

Even the culinary-impaired can make this one... and it is really really good.


8 ounces cream cheese -- softened (rectangular package)

1/2 cup sugar
1 container Cool Whip or whipped topping brand of your choice -- (12 oz size)
2 (8 inch) cookie or graham cracker pie crusts

optional: 1 can pie filling, or other topping as desired

In large bowl, beat cream cheese & sugar with electric mixer. Gently fold in whipped topping with a spatula or mixing spoon. Divide between two prepared pie shells. Top with favorite pie filling. Chill well.

I hope that you and your loved ones enjoy these recipes....

Happy Thanksgiving!


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    • Efficient Admin profile image

      Michelle Dee 

      7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Great recipes! I go to several potlucks during the Holidays so this will come in handy! That corn casserole and garlic mashed potatoes surely look really good -- they all look so good, and seem easy to make. Thanks for sharing. Voted up useful awesome.

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      9 years ago

      Wow! So many simple but great recipes! Bookmark this page.

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      9 years ago

      recipes for christmas dinner

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      love the hubber name, gonnawantseconds, and thanks for checking out my Thanksgiving recipes!

    • gonnawantseconds profile image


      10 years ago

      Great hub page. I'm new to hubs. Love to cook so I'll be grabbing one of your recipes to try! They all look great.

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      you are very welcome, k@ri!

      I'm still deciding which one to bring to Mom's house this year myself!

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      Mmmmm, these all look so good! I'll have to pick one out to bring with me this year. Thanks for the great recipes! :D

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      wow, vanderhaven, I'll consider it an honor if you bring the sweet potato casserole for your family thanksgiving

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Mitch, the cranberry relish with marmalade is a bit different, worth a try, thanks for your input!

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      10 years ago

      I shouldn't have read this while I was so hungry !! LOL.

      -I think I'll try the sweet potato casserole recipe and take it this year to the family. I'll be sure and tell them I got the recipe off of hub pages and direct them to you :)

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      Mitch King 

      10 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

      I am looking for just the right dish to try this year. I try and always make something different since this is great time to try new things.

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      glad you stopped by my hub for ideas, Artemus!

      have a wonderful holiday with your family

    • Artemus Gordon profile image

      Artemus Gordon 

      10 years ago

      These all sound wonderful. I need to bring something to my sister's house now I just need to decide which one.

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Kartika, true, these recipes are easy, basic, and everyone likes them... thanks for your comment!

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      kartika damon 

      10 years ago from Fairfield, Iowa

      Good ideas for those dinners where you need to show up with a great dish! Thanks, Kartika

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      rios, good luck in your cooking, baking, serving.....

      thanks for checking out my recipes

    • rios65 profile image


      10 years ago from Lowell

      Wow these recipes sound really good. I will have to try them. I love to make new things for Thanksgiving.

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thanks BookFlame, glad you liked my Thanksgiving recipe hub

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      10 years ago

      These are great ideas and recipes. Gosh your illustrations are beautiful too!

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      glad to share my favorites, Delores. Hope that you have a Thanksgiving surrounded by those that you love, wherever you are.

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      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      judydianne, I'm glad to hear you are going to try the green bean recipe.. you can also sauté the garlic in the bacon grease before adding the mushrooms, just takes a little longer.. hope you enjoy it!

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      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thanks for the tips. I travel for Thanksgiving and am always looking for a new twist on the old favorites.

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      10 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you for these recipes. We always have Thanksgiving dinner at our house and we have our favorites. This year I'll have to try your green bean recipe. Sounds yummy!

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      Hope you and yours enjoy this version, The Rope, I wonder how your favorite recipe for sweet potato casserole would taste if you sub egg nog.. maybe even better than this one

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      The Rope 

      10 years ago from SE US

      Wonderful ideas - Thank you! I am considered the best at making sweet potato casseroles around here but I never thought to use egg nog instead of milk - I can't wait to try it.

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      That's great Laura,

      It would be an honor to know that you are sharing one of these recipes with your loved ones in South Africa!

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      Laura du Toit 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for sharing. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in our country but will definitely be able to find an excuse to use these recipes!

    • elisabethkcmo profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Just East of Oz

      thank you for checking out these recipes

      dohn, veronica, and creativeone

      if you give any of them a try, I hope that your loved ones enjoy them as much as mine

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      10 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Yum,Yum, thank you for a tasty thanksgiving recipe hub. Thank you for sharing it. creativeone59

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      Veronica Allen 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Very tasty recipes! I'm bookmarking this one. Thanks for giving us recipes that are simple, yet will surely make a hit at any event we grace our presence with.

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      10 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow. These are some notable, hearty recipes! Thanks for the tips!


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