Slideshow: Travel-Friendly Thanksgiving Dishes

Swiss Chard, Fennel, and White Bean Gratin
Swiss Chard, Fennel, and White Bean Gratin
Make this ahead of time, and throw your feet up once you arrive at your destination. Your family will love you for bringing this casserole where creamed chard, subtle fennel and white beans meld into one. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

La Laiterie's Herbed Mac and Cheese
La Laiterie's Herbed Mac and Cheese
Classic mac and cheese at its best: rich and soothing, but with a deeper complexity from the woody herbs and funky brie. Get the recipe »

[Photograph:Steve Legato]

Crispy Creamy Fennel Gratin
Crispy Creamy Fennel Gratin
Planks of thinly sliced fennel, cooked simply in cream, and baked under a blanket of breadcrumbs, herbs, and Pecorino Romano. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Sam Sifton's Creamed Onions
Sam Sifton's Creamed Onions
Sweet little onion rounds coated in the most luscious of cream sauces with smoky bacon and a bright finish of herbaceous parsley, cayenne, and black pepper to balance the sauce. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Kate Williams]

Sam Sifton's Braised Collard Greens
Sam Sifton's Braised Collard Greens
Collards - shredded then steamed briefly in a potent elixir of bacon fat, butter, and a bottle of beer, that lends a malty sweetness and just a hint of fermented grain to the greens. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Kate Williams]

Red Rooster's Mac and Greens
Red Rooster's Mac and Greens
Braised collards and bok choy pair perfectly with the gooey cheddar-gruyère-parmesan mix, and the hints of soy and coconut lend rich depth. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Steve Legato]

Orange-Beer-Glazed Turkey Drumsticks with Black Beans
Orange-Beer-Glazed Turkey Drumsticks with Black Beans
Not up for carrying a whole turkey around? Try just the legs instead - juicy, caramelized legs with a bold, tangy glaze. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Vegan: Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale
Vegan: Smoky Charred Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Kale
Consider adding a Southwestern flair to your Thanksgiving table with this creamy soup featuring smoky undertones from chipotle chile peppers. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Vegan: Roasted Squash and Raw Carrot Soup
Vegan: Roasted Squash and Raw Carrot Soup
Another drool-worthy autumn soup from Kenji. It'll fit right in with your other Turkey Day flavors. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Sam Sifton's Basic Cranberry Sauce
Sam Sifton's Basic Cranberry Sauce
Have to contribute to Thanksgiving dinner but feeling lazy? Throw some cranberries on the stove with a little sugar and citrus and you're all set. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Kate Williams]

Cranberry-Apple Relish
Cranberry-Apple Relish
A variation of the gelatinous canned cranberry sauce. One that's easier to spoon over your sliced turkey, spread on your leftovers sandwich, stir into yogurt/ice cream for dessert...you get the idea. In fact, maybe you should make double to keep some all to yourself. Get the recipe »

[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]