Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner can be daunting, especially if you’re on a tight budget. But don’t worry; there are plenty of delicious and affordable dishes you can serve at your holiday gathering. We have a list of cheap Thanksgiving potluck dishes perfect for feeding a crowd without breaking the bank. From classic sides to creative desserts, these recipes impress your guests while keeping your wallet happy. So get ready to host a memorable and budget-friendly Thanksgiving dinner!
Sweet Potato Casserole
This sweet potato casserole is a must-try recipe this season that you just won’t be able to get enough of! It’s a wholesome version of traditional sweet potato casserole featuring a creamy filling and a crunchy oatmeal topping that’s sweet to just the right level.
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Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce
Never buy canned cranberry sauce again. This Easy Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce is so simple and tasty, it will become the star of your Thanksgiving meal.
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Roasted Maple Sweet Potatoes And Cranberries
Roasted Maple Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries will be a sure hit at your Thanksgiving celebration. The cranberries become so sweet and juicy when roasted with maple syrup and the sweet potatoes get a nice caramelization.
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This Corn Casserole is moist from the sour cream, a tad bit sweet, and full of pieces of corn. It’s delicious on its own or loaded up with some salty butter. It is best served warm but I have been known to eat leftovers of this corn pudding right out of the refrigerator the next day.
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Chocolate Cake With Pumpkin Filling
Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Filling is the perfect seasonal addition to your Thanksgiving table. A light, moist chocolate cake, filled with creamy sweet pumpkin filling and topped with a not too sweet chocolate ganache. Move over pumpkin pie!
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Strawberry And Pecan Spinach Salad With Blue Cheese
This fresh Strawberry and Pecan Spinach Salad is easy to put together and a great way to show off sweet strawberries. Make it for an easy lunch or take it to your next holiday gathering.
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Cheesy Vegetable Casserole
This cheesy vegetable bake is a delicious vegetable medley that takes mere minutes to throw together. It’s a foolproof dish prepared with frozen mixed vegetables, cream of mushroom soup, butter, cheese, and crispy bread crumbs. Serve this as a side with anything from chicken to meatloaf, steak, ribs, or your preferred protein.
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One Pot Gouda And Cream Cheese Corn
One pot gouda and cream cheese corn is an extra-special and very delicious side dish. It’s an amazing Thanksgiving or Christmas corn recipe and pairs nicely with any kind of meat you want to cook. The combination of gouda, cream cheese and heavy cream gives this cheesy corn casserole recipe a rich taste and it’s a cozy, comforting side dish the whole family will love.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Casserole Stacks
Air fryer sweet potato casserole stacks make a delicious side dish for all kinds of dishes. This sliced yam casserole is a breeze to prepare and it tastes so good. The sweet potato stacks are topped with a crunchy topping. I love these with sour cream on top – the contrast between sweet and tangy is perfect.
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Fresh, Olive Oil & Garlic Air Fryer Green Beans
Fresh Air Fryer Green Beans – vibrant, plump green beans fresh from the farm tossed in olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper then air fried creating a crackly exterior while maintaining a crisp juice inside resulting in an irresistible side dish or snack. These delicious air fryer green beans are ready in less than ten minutes and are sure to be a hit among kids and adults alike!
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The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
One of my favorite things about these potatoes is that they are super quick and easy to make. These Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes are the perfect side to any dish, and an easy recipe for the holidays.
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Stuffed Buttercup Squash- Whole Grain Rice & Chicken
It is fall and nothing says fall like winter squash! This whole grain rice & chicken stuffed buttercup squash is a great way to step into fall. Clean, hearty and full of nutrition!
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Air Fryer Scalloped Potatoes
Air fryer scalloped potatoes are an easy, cheesy side dish. The flavors are amazing and this simple recipe is soon to be a family favorite. They’re sure to be a hit at any potluck.
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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
This sweet potato shepherd’s pie is a delicious twist on the classic dish. It combines savory flavor-packed meat and veggie filling with the slightly sweet and creamy texture of whipped sweet potato. It’s a hearty, comforting yet affordable meal that the whole family will love. Plus you can make easy substitutions to customize it to your needs and freeze it for meal prep too!
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Creamy Mashed Garlic Cauliflower
This creamy cauliflower puree recipe is smooth like mashed potatoes with savory, salty, garlic, and herb flavors! It’s an easy side dish to make for a simple weeknight dinner or an elevated holiday meal.
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Creamy Roasted Vegetable Soup
This creamy roasted vegetable soup has fiery, rich flavors and a smooth, pureed texture. Filled with carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, and more, this soup is the perfect comforting yet nutritious lunch or dinner for cold, rainy days. And the best part is that it’s easy to prepare!
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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
These flourless 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies are a dream for satisfying your sweet tooth! Not only are they quick to make, but they’re also sweet and crunchy with a rich peanut butter flavor.
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Easy Garam Masala Oven Roasted Carrots
Garam Masala Oven-Roasted Carrots are an easy-to make side dish that takes just a few minutes to prep! Carrots are simply tossed in oil, ginger garlic paste, and garam masala. They’re topped in toasted, crunchy almonds and tart dried cranberries.
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Grandma’s Old Fashion Apple Pie
This classic recipe for old fashion apple pie is my family’s go to every Thanksgiving. It’s a simple, old-timey recipe that tastes so simple yet so delicious. Tender apples baked with warm cinnamon sugar encased in the most flaky, buttery pie crust ever. Grandma’s pies are classic for a reason!
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Crispy Roasted Potatoes And Onions
These Crispy Roasted Potatoes and Onions are an easy and versatile side dish that goes with just about everything! Thinly sliced, crispy potatoes with creamy centers, jammy roasted onions and herby rosemary. 5 simple ingredients is all it takes!
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Best Non-Creamy Potato Salad Recipe (Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Large-Batch!)
Looking for a hearty make-ahead side dish to feed a crowd? This non-creamy, old-fashioned potato salad recipe is a family favorite and sure to quickly be yours!
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Apple Cheddar Scones
Savor all the delicious flavors of fall with Apple Cheddar Savory Scones. Filled with the perfect balance of sweet and savory notes, these scones are rich with the flavors of crisp apples, sharp cheddar cheese, and earthy sage. Their tender, flaky texture and the herb and cheese flavors make them the perfect accompaniment to a comforting bowl of soup.
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Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing
Slow Cooker Sausage Stuffing is a delicious way to prepare a classic Thanksgiving side dish with ease! This recipe combines the traditional flavors of sausage, onion, and celery with the warmth and convenience of a slow cooker. The stuffing is slowly cooked to perfection, allowing the flavors to meld together and creating a moist, flavorful stuffing that is sure to impress your family and guests.
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Grape Salad With Cream Cheese-Vanilla Dressing
Grape Salad with Cream Cheese Dressing is a must-have classic at summer picnics, and at many families’ holiday buffets, too. This updated version features a lighter, vanilla-cream cheese dressing! But it’s still every bit as refreshingly sweet and delicious!
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Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas
These easy roasted cheesy chickpeas are the perfect plant-based snack for on-the-go or staying at home. They’re savory, cheesy, crunchy, satisfying, and so versatile!
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Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
These Rosemary Mashed Potatoes are the perfect side for fall and the holidays! They’re made with sauteed onion and rosemary, they’re really creamy and so easy to make!
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How to Reheat Rotisserie Chicken
Reheat a store-bought rotisserie chicken for an easy roast chicken dinner in under 30 minutes! I’m sharing the best methods for warming a whole rotisserie chicken to be just as golden and juicy as it was when you brought it home from the store.
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Almond Bark Cereal Recipe
Transform your leftover cereal into a whimsical, crunchy almond bark treat! Perfect for quick snacks or a festive dessert. These fun snacks pack up perfectly to bring to a holiday party or potluck!
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Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots
Looking for an easy side dish that’s loaded with tons of flavor? Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots are made with maple syrup, ground ginger, fresh chives and a sweet bourbon glaze. Plus, they’re ready in 30 minutes or less!
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Baked Sweet Potato Slices
These baked sweet potato slices are an easy hands-off side dish. Sliced sweet potatoes are flavored with butter, honey, thyme, and sage then baked in the oven with no need to flip. They are a great holiday side served with turkey, ham, chicken, or beef.
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Air Fryer Apple Chips
Air fryer apple chips are crunchy, sweet, and are so much faster to make using the air fryer. Enjoy these crispy apple chips for an easy snack both kids and adults will love.
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (With Crescent Rolls!)
Pumpkin pie crescent roll twists are a fun spin on a pumpkin pastry. Part pumpkin cinnamon rolls, part pastry and part pumpkin pie, this delicious recipe is packed full of sweet pumpkin spice flavor that’s perfect for cozy fall mornings.
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Easy Sweet Potato Cornbread
This sweet potato cornbread is incredibly moist, tender and delicious. Roasted sweet potato adds a natural sweetness to this savory side dish. This will be a sure-fire potluck crowd-pleaser!
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Great for fall-themed snacking, parties, and gatherings, this comforting savory pumpkin hummus has all the rich flavors of roasted pumpkin and the deliciousness of classic chickpea hummus. This recipe comes together with a savory blend of oven roasted pumpkin, red curry paste, olive oil, garlic powder, and seasonings.
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Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Learn the secrets to making Air Fryer Chicken Wings that are extremely crispy. You’ll use less oil, less time, and gain the most deliciously crisp buffalo chicken wings ever.
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30-Minute Chili Mac Recipe
Hearty, comforting, and cheesy, this 30-Minute Chili Mac recipe is a family favorite. This comforting, easy meal will have your family going back for seconds.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
This warming roasted butternut squash soup recipe is made with carrots and roasted garlic. Creamy, satisfying and easy vegan soup, full of nutrients and exquisite fall flavors!
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Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs That Crack The Flavor Code!
These pimento cheese deviled eggs bring an exciting flavor with some spice to the classic egg appetizer. Infused with unique tastes from cream cheese, pickle juice, and jalapeño, these fun snacks will win over party guests.
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Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce
Sweet and spicy cranberry sauce is the perfect addition to a roasted turkey as your Thanksgiving side dish. This cranberry recipe is a fun departure from the classic dish that will create a new delicious holiday tradition.
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Sourdough Dinner Rolls with Rosemary
Sourdough Dinner Rolls with Rosemary are incredibly soft, with a mouth-watering pull-apart texture that will leave you craving more. Seriously, you can’t eat only one!
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There is something so comforting about broccoli casserole. It probably has to do with the loads of cheese and crunchy crackers to be honest. This casserole is always a hit at the holiday table but also makes a tasty side for just about any meal, any time of the year.
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Turkey Pot Pies With Puff Pastry
These turkey pies give you a delicious way to use up leftover cooked turkey, without needing to spend hours in the kitchen. This recipe uses chopped leftover roasted turkey (or chicken, if you prefer), leftover roasted vegetables, and bought puff pastry. That means you can have pot pies in the oven in about 20 minutes.
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Karen Kelly, a food and travel writer, is the founder of Seasonal Cravings. She is also a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the AP Wire and MSN.