Friendsgiving: Gorgeous Side Dishes for Your Holiday Potluck

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Thanksgiving is always delicious, but it can be mighty stressful getting there, especially on the very day. “Too many cooks in the kitchen” can become reality fast, but it often seems like the only option, especially since so many Thanksgivings are big family gatherings or potluck parties.

To save ourselves and the hostess a headache, we’ve rounded up showstopping, make-ahead, minimal-work side dishes that will make your T-day easy and breezy, and make their taste-buds sing! Who says you can’t make your pie and eat it, too?

Full of fall flavors and easy to transport, Harvest Butternut Apple Bisque can be warmed up right before it’s needed, and topped off with a drizzle of olive oil.  {from The Kitchen McCabe}

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This elegant and simple Thyme and Balsalmic Goat Cheese Dip is far from short on flavor – creamy and garlicky, it’s a light appetizer to be paired with crackers, fresh veggies, or the Beet Chips that go with it. Whirl it together the day before, bake up some colorful and crisp chips, and be the star of the Thanksgiving Apertivo.  {from She Likes Food}

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How beautiful is this Butternut Squash and Kale Tart? Cheesy and savory, it’s sure to be gobbled up by the slice. Make it right before you set off for dinner, and by the time you’re there, it should be the perfect just-above-room-temperature. {from Passports and Pancakes}

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Stunning and easy, Savory Herb Cheese Monkey Bread is a bread basket in one – customize for your favorite flavors, assemble the night before, and pop in the oven right before dinner! {from Five Heart Home}

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Pumpkin pie is the standard, of course, but to switch it up while honoring that pumpkin taste we love so much, try individual Roasted Pumpkin Pot de Creme. These beauties need at least 24 hours to firm up, so make ahead and stash in the fridge until you’re ready to spoon out every last bite. {from Eat Boutique}

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Dinner is over, and the coffee and tea have come into play. Delight the senses and the tastebuds of all present with Dark Chocolate Pumpkin and Almond Truffles. Unique, festive, and the perfect end to Thanksgiving. {from A Brown Table}

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