This year, you and your friends have decided to celebrate Friendsgiving - that wonderful time of year where you and your best buds can simply gather together to enjoy good food, good company, and good drinks. One of the best things about Friendsgiving is that you can enjoy all the classic Thanksgiving dinner menu items, such as mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie, but sometimes with a twist. Free from the traditions that your family might have passed down, during Friendsgiving you can mix things up a bit and create something that might be out of the norm, but will still be something delicious that your friends are sure to love.
An important aspect to note about Friendsgiving is that it is usually a potluck style meal, so you’ll often be responsible for bringing a certain food item. This, of course, is part of the fun because you and your friends get to share a meal that everyone has had a part in. While one friend is in charge of an appetizer featuring sweet potatoes, another might be in charge of roasted carrots or pumpkin pie. Then, of course, there’s that one friend who states they don’t know how to cook at all and assigns themselves the task of simply bringing the apple cider and other beverages. Whether you’re usually that friend or you actually do enjoy cooking, have no fear! You’ll find plenty of simple recipes that will do the trick for Friendsgiving this year, right here.
Before you start, remember that Friendsgiving should be a stress-free celebration, so finding the right recipe (that won’t overwhelm you) is key. Even if you don’t love to cook, serving up a delicious dish for this get together can be a breeze, especially if you have a crock pot or pressure cooker. Don’t let any lack of oven space fool you into thinking you can’t come up with delicious items to bring to dinner. Whether you’re responsible for a side or a main dish, a pressure cooker will be an easy way to bring something delicious for your meal shared with friends.
Check out some of these easy Friendsgiving recipes that your friends will ask you to make again for years to come:
Juicy, Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Turkey
We know, cooking up the main dish at Friendsgiving seems intimidating. However, with the help of a slow cooker, cooking a turkey breast with this recipe is so easy, you might start having turkey multiple times a year. Featuring a way to include delicious turkey gravy, this recipe is quick, easy, and delicious. Your friends are sure to congratulate you on a job well done.
Slow Cooker Stuffing
While maybe not as important as turkey at a Friendsgiving meal, stuffing is a close second. When you think of your plate at Thanksgiving, it will almost always include a healthy serving of stuffing. Featuring all the flavors you know and love when it comes to stuffing, this recipe has a prep time of only 30 minutes so you can make this meal without it having to take up your whole day. If you’re looking to spice things up, consider setting aside a portion of the stuffing to make bacon-wrapped stuffing bites - it’s the perfect appetizer your friends will love because, after all, who doesn’t love bacon?
The Best Butternut Squash Soup
Did you know that butternut squash soup is naturally gluten-free and vegan? It also happens to be a fall classic making it the perfect Friendsgiving appetizer. This soup is made in a pressure cooker so the recipe is quick and easy. With warm and delicious flavors you’ll feel cozy while eating it and it’ll have your friends saying this is damn delicious!
Pressure Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
For some, it’s not a Thanksgiving meal without digging into a creamy and candied bite of sweet potato casserole. This nostalgic favorite will have you remembering taking big bites of this sweet and gooey side dish as a kid. This particular recipe features a sweet and crunchy brown sugar pecan topping that adds the perfect bit of texture to the recipe.
Beef Mac and Cheese
While some families may not have the tradition of serving mac and cheese at Thanksgiving, who can pass up an opportunity to enjoy this cheesy nostalgic classic? Using this easy flavorful recipe, you’ll serve up a dish that will be sure to have your friends coming back for seconds, or even thirds! If you’re trying to bring a vegetarian-friendly option to dinner, simply refrain from adding the ground beef to the dish and continue with the directions as prompted.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
If you happen to be in charge of the vegetarian side dish, creamed corn is a traditional option that both vegetarian and meat-eating friends alike will enjoy. The secret ingredients in this delightfully tasty recipe? Cream cheese and cornmeal. By adding these two ingredients, the end result is a silky smooth texture yet thick consistency that will be a home run for everyone at the table.
5 Minute Pressure Cooker Cranberry Sauce
It’s the age-old debate, is cranberry sauce a needed addition to the Thanksgiving dinner table or is it something that should be left to the can? Whichever side of the debate your friends are on, this simple and tasty cranberry sauce just might be able to win everyone over. With just five ingredients and only taking 5 minutes to make, this tart and festive cranberry sauce will go perfectly with any Thanksgiving dinner.
Key Lime Pie
Sure, you might not be used to eating key lime pie for Thanksgiving necessarily, but this easy and delicious recipe is so good, your friends won’t even mind. And besides, Friendsgiving is about switching things up and trying new things. They won’t be able to resist this sweet and tart dessert that will perfectly top off their indulgent dinner. Tell your friends to save room for dessert because they’ll definitely want a slice of this pie.
Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
Okay, maybe you really love the wonderfully warm and spicy flavors of pumpkin but you’re tired of having the same old pumpkin pie every year. Impress your friends with this rich and creamy pumpkin caramel pecan cheesecake. You get the best of both worlds as the flavor of the pumpkin stands out while also being extra creamy and delicious. The added sweetness from the caramel and pecans helps to hit it out of the park.
And finally, what is Friendsgiving, or any Thanksgiving without a hearty helping of delicious mashed potatoes? In fact, some might say, is it really a Thanksgiving meal without this buttery and fluffy side dish? If you’re in charge of bringing the mashed potatoes to dinner, we have a foolproof recipe that can be ready in just 20 minutes - and that includes prep time! All you have to do is put in the ingredients and then feel free to walk away so you can get ready for the night. Once the timer goes off, you’ll find delicious and creamy mashed potatoes that are ready to be shared with friends. What’s not to love? Here’s the only mashed potatoes recipe you’ll need for Friendsgiving here on out.