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5 Easy Potluck Thanksgiving Dishes

If you’re lucky enough to be invited to a Thanksgiving for which the only thing you have to bring is your mouth, take a few moments to contemplate how truly fortunate you are and then skip this article – this one is for people who need to sing for their suppers by way of supplying something tasty. And, this is not a bad thing. Contributing to the Thanksgiving meal is part of the community experience and if you’re asked to bring something you should consider it an honor. But, what if you don’t know how to cook? What do you do? Never fear – and never stoop to store-bought pie. <strong>1. Dinner Rolls</strong> You can never have too many dinner rolls. That’s just all there is to it. Now, you can bake them from scratch, but that’s not exactly “easy.” What’s easy is grabbing one of those blue tubes from the freezer isle – you know the ones – and making the magic happen with a cookie sheet and a spritz of cooking spray. <strong>2. Veggie / Pickle / Cheese Tray</strong> The hardest part about this “dish” is finding the actual <a title="Serving Trays" href="http://www.atgstores.com/serving-plates-coo_2221_oa0202741.html?linkloc=catheader&amp;gpid=832784" target="_blank">dish</a>. Once you have it just chop, cube and arrange your way to greatness. An appetizer tray is like charades – everybody complains about it, but once it gets introduced at the party everybody wants in on the action. <strong>3. Cranberry Sauce</strong> Since we’re talking about easy dishes, we’re obviously referring to the canned variety here. Fear not, however, because cranberry sauce from a can is an acceptable tradition. Class it up a little by removing it from said can, however, and plating it in slices. <strong>4. Mashed Potatoes</strong> Much like with dinner rolls, every Thanksgiving has faced a mashed-potato shortage at some point. Support the front lines by bringing an extra bowl of whipped goodness. For those of you who argue this isn’t easy, we have news – it’s totally easy. Peel and cube the taters and boil them until fork tender. Drain, add a splash of milk, butter and some sour cream then mash it until it’s smooth. Ta-da! <strong>5. Salad</strong> This is one step above a bottle of cheap wine. Show you care by chopping and tossing the veggies yourself. If you do opt for the store-bought bag, upgrade it to a Cobb salad by adding a chopped hardboiled egg, some bacon bits, fresh tomato and avocado. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these ideas make you a star of your Thanksgiving supporting cast.
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