This isn’t any ordinary Friendsgiving menu with recipe suggestions but a collection of hand-selected dishes and tips to help you, the host, put on a heart-warming feast with your closest friends and loved ones.
If you’ve been browsing the internet for delicious ideas to make without the hassle of an actual Thanksgiving dinner- your search is over. I’ve got just the resources you’re looking for and more.
What is Friendsgiving
Friendsgiving is almost like a pre-game to the big day and includes friends, loveable neighbors, favorite coworkers, and people you wouldn’t normally see at your family’s celebration. Basically, it’s a chance to enjoy everyone’s favorite comfort foods in a more relaxed environment with friends.
Best Friendsgiving Recipes
No need to prepare two full-out Thanksgiving meals in one month. Since it’s just you and the crew, the best Friendsgiving recipes are crowd-pleasing options that aren’t complicated or time-consuming to prepare.
No need to overthink or do all the cooking yourself; a Friendsgiving menu is meant to be shared with the group.
A good menu plan would be a couple of appetizers, one or two main courses, three to four sides, and two desserts.
Lay out which/how many dishes you want for the meal, fill in the ones you plan to prepare, then share the rest of the list with your group.
This way, everyone can sign up for the dish they’d like to bring or make a suggestion. It’s an excellent opportunity to try new things and possibly discover new favorite recipes.
Let’s kick things off with some mouthwatering recipes the crowd will love.
Any of these options will be a great start to the meal or end up on the main course plate, right next to the turkey- I’m looking at you Spinach Hummus Dip!
Baked Spinach Balls
With parmesan and Italian breadcrumb base, your friends will rave over this spinach-based recipe!
Bacon Deviled Eggs
Plan on making extra deviled eggs? Toss in some bacon bits and watch the crowd go wild.
Friendsgiving Main Courses
The neat part about Friendsgiving is you can make whatever main course you desire. Since most of the crew will be going to a Thanksgiving celebration with a turkey, why not switch it up for this occasion?
This could be roasted chicken leg quarters with my homemade turkey rub or a gorgeous pork loin roast. You could even go completely off the wall and whip up a pot of New Orleans-style gumbo- your guests will never forget that meal!
Whole Roasted Chicken
If you don’t feel like roasting an entire turkey, try a whole chicken. It’s elegant, simple, and with my recipe- easy!
Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Leg Quarters
The juiciest roasted chicken of your life! This makes a fabulous Friendsgiving main course for smaller crowds.
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
If you’re open to new and different things, a big pot of homemade Chicken & Sausage Gumbo will become a Friendsgiving tradition for your group.
It’s no secret that the sides are the most beloved part of Thanksgiving, and once a year isn’t enough- here’s your chance to get a double dose of your favorite dishes this holiday season.
Cornbread Dressing with Sausage
Make this and you’ll be the favorite of all your Friendsgiving attendees.
Sausage Apple Stuffing with Cranberries
One bite and even the corn-bread stuffing lovers will fall in love.
Sweet Potato Stacks
Layered with a brown-butter and grated Parmesan cheese, this is a new way to enjoy sweet potatoes.
This recipe is a little sneaky. It looks average, but the caramelized edges and flavor will have your Friendsgiving peeps competing for the last few pieces.
The best way to amp up a side salad? Top with tender roasted veggies and a sweet-tangy Dijon vinaigrette.
Perfect to sop up the last few drops of gravy or soup. Warning: these will be the first to go.
Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Soup lovers will rejoice over the rich flavors of curry spice and roasted cauliflower.
Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
A beautiful addition to any Friendsgiving table- bonus points for topping it with crème fraîche.
Best Desserts for Friendsgiving
No Friendsgiving is complete without a few desserts, and this is a perfect time to indulge in some different ideas you may not see on a usual Thanksgiving spread.
From frozen treats to baking goods- any of these options would be the cherry on top of a successful meal!
Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Soft pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting are chocked full of tangy cranberries and toasted walnuts.
Frozen Pumpkin Pie
Why do we love this option? It can be made ahead and kept in the freezer until your guests arrive.
Hosting a Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving party of any size can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time.
Not only do you want to choose the right recipes, but there’s also the unnerving idea of fitting everything in one oven or feeling lost when it comes to cooking all. That. Food.
Been there, done that.
And it’s the reason why I created an entire menu and guide to help anyone master the art of hosting a Thanksgiving, or in this case, a Friendsgiving feast.
In my Thanksgiving Meal Plan, you will find various recipes for every course with directions and tips so anyone can prepare them with delicious results.
It gets better- the meal prep guide directs you step-by-step on which elements to prepare ahead and how to organize the oven the morning of the big day, so every dish is hot and ready to serve when guests arrive.
Grab your copy so you can host this Friendsgiving like a pro!
Thanksgiving Dinner Meal Plan & Guide
Inside this eBook, you’ll find 23 Thanksgiving recipes for easy entertaining. PLUS, done-for-you daily holiday prep, helpful kitchen notes, and hour-by-hour timing instructions for Thanksgiving day.
This digital download is like hiring a kitchen assistant to plan out an incredibly delicious menu for your family.