The Most Essential Recipes for Friendsgiving
It's early November, which means Friendsgiving is right around the corner. This annual gathering of friends hits all the delicious notes of Thanksgiving, but is way more casual and relaxed. Whether you're hosting or attending, and whether it's your first Friendsgiving or your fifth, we have you covered. From the appetizers to dessert, these are all the recipes you need for the most delicious Friendsgiving ever.
Every good Friendsgiving needs a couple appetizers to get the party rolling. This lineup of fast and fancy appetizers is made for sharing.
- Blue Cheese Ball with Dried Figs and Honey
- How To Make Bacon-Wrapped Dates
- Butternut Squash and Pecorino Tart with Crispy Shallots
- Bacon-Wrapped Potato Bites with Spicy Sour Cream Dipping Sauce
Roast Turkey and Beyond
Just like Thanksgiving, turkey is the main course for this potluck feast. Unless the host chooses otherwise, the turkey (and gravy) or other main course is usually the host's one and only cooking duty. Whole turkeys are great for big groups, but if your Friendsgiving is a smaller affair, consider cooking just the breast or thighs and legs.
- How To Cook a Turkey: The Simplest, Easiest Method
- How To Make a Bacon-Wrapped Turkey
- Coke-Glazed Upside-Down Turkey
- Slow Cooker Smoky BBQ Turkey Breast
- Turkey Meatballs with Parmesan and Sage
Stuffing and Potatoes
No question about it — stuffing and potatoes are totally mandatory. Preferably more than one version of each. And the good news is that these two sides can be made in advance and travel well.
- Gluten-Free Cornbread and Mushroom Stuffing
- Cuban Meaty Potato Stuffing
- Canadian-Syrian Thanksgiving Stuffing
- Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
- Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs
- Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes
- Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk & Vanilla Bean
Friendsgiving is not a time for green bean casserole and traditional glazed carrots. Now's the time to step away from the classics and discover some new favorites.
- Bourbon-Glazed Carrots
- Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
- How To Make the Creamiest Mashed Cauliflower
- Wild Rice and Kale Casserole
- Stovetop Brussels Sprouts Hash with Crispy Sage and Walnuts
- Stovetop Steam-Fried Green Beans and Mushrooms
- Baked Polenta with Greens and Gruyère
Slaw and Hearty Salads
Add something fresh and green to the sea of sides and I guarantee your friends will be thrilled. Slaws and salads made with heartier greens (or no greens at all!), are a great choice for Friendsgiving because they can be made in advance and hold up well without wilting or getting soggy.
- Thanksgiving Slaw
- Shredded Cabbage and Sweet Potato Slaw
- Roasted Cabbage Slaw with Hazelnuts & Lemon
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Apples, Hazelnuts & Brown Butter Dressing
- Kohlrabi and Cabbage Salad with Maple Lemon Dressing
All the Desserts
Now is not the time to skimp on desserts! Part of the beauty of any Friendsgiving potluck is sampling a little of everything. So if you are on dessert duty, do not hold back. From pies to cookies, this is what to bring to the Friendsgiving dessert table.
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
- How To Make Pumpkin Dessert Lasagna
- Maple Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping
- Sunken Apple Cake (Versunkener Apfelkuchen)
- Rustic Pear and Apple Galette
- Maple Pecan Pie Bars
- Pantry Cocoa Brownies