5 Dishes You Should Really Ask Someone to Bring for Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving Tips

5 Dishes You Should Really Ask Someone to Bring for Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving Tips
From The Kitchn - November 9, 2017

I love hosting Thanksgivingroasting the turkey, making gravy, setting the tableit's one of my favorite weeks of the year. I have a hosting secret, though, that I think makes cooking, cleaning, and hosting in general actually enjoyable: I delegate drinks, sides, and desserts to other guests. There are probably a few folks who may think this is cheating and that hosting means you have to cover every detail, but I believe Thanksgiving is designed to be a collaborative celebration, so let's collaborate.

With that in mind, here are the five dishes you can ask guests to bring. And hint, hintif you are a guest, these are dishes that travel and reheat well, and actually help a host out.

How to Ask Someone to Bring a Dish for Thanksgiving

When a guest offers to bring something, get specific and tell them what you already have, what you need, and what other guests are bringing (unless you want to end up with four store-bought pumpkin pies but no green bean casserole, that is). Trust me on this oneexperience is the greatest teacher.

Here are the dishes that should really be nonnegotiable if you are hosting: turkey and its gravy or another main dish centerpiece like a honey ham. Not only because they require most of the prep work, but also because they do not travel very easily.

After a few years of lackluster mashed potatoes (I blame traveling and reheating) I'd also highly suggest that you make the mashed potatoes toounless someone in your friend or family circle wants to make this excellent potato casserole.

5 Dishes You Should Ask Someone to Bring for Thanksgiving

1. Dressing (even if you call it stuffing)

Even if you plan to stuffyour turkey, you can still delegate this dish out (remember, it will take the turkey longer to cook if the cavity is filled)especially if you have got vegetarians coming over. Dressing also travels well and can be easily transported.

Read more: How To Make the Very Best Thanksgiving Stuffing

2. Sweet Potato Casserole

While mashed potatoes do not seem to travel well, sweet potato casserole can be made ahead and even reheated when it arrives. It's a classic that can do double duty as dessert, if all pies fail to arrive.

3. Cranberry Sauce

4. Slaw

5. Desserts


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