What to Bring to Friendsgiving This Year

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Friendsgiving is an opportunity to break the rules. While a traditional Thanksgiving with your family almost always includes turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, Friendsgiving is all about shareable bite-sized recipes with fun twists. That means there’s a lot more appetizers (Sriracha deviled eggs!)  and bite-sized desserts (hello, pumpkin bars).


We’ve rounded up our favorite Friendsgiving-friendly ideas for November. All you need to do is grab a gift for your host (like these delicious pumpkin paws) and make sure you have a good playlist for the Big Day.

1.Instant Pot Sriracha Deviled Eggs

sriracha deviled eggs

This spicy take on classic deviled eggs is the perfect Friendsgiving appetizer. The eggs are also made in the Instant Pot, which means they’re super quick to make last-minute.

2. Macaroni and Cheese with Chard and Sage Bread Crumbs

This version of mac and cheese is filled with chard and topped with sage bread crumbs. It’s just the right kind of twist on the traditional side dish your friends will love to see on the table.

3. Sweet Potato “Crostini” with Blue Cheese and Honey

Sweet Potato "Crostini" with Blue Cheese and Honey

Blow your friends away with this unusual and delicious combination of flavors. The sweet potato acts as the “bread” of the crostini, and the blue cheese and honey are a unique sweet and savory pairing.

4. Shredded Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad

Every Friendsgiving needs a hearty salad, and this shredded Brussels sprouts number is a winner. Made with Brussels sprouts, kale, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and Parmesan, it’s filling yet light.

5. Parsnip “Pigs” in a Blanket with Chimichurri

We love this smart take on classic pigs in a blanket. Instead of a hot dog, parsnip is wrapped in buttery puff pastry. The chimichurri dipping sauce is also bright and colorful making for a striking Instagram moment.

6. Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bars

Instead of making pumpkin pie for Friendsgiving, try these gooey pumpkin bars. Made with pumpkin butter and pumpkin quick-bread, they’re great by themselves or topped with candied pecans and whipped cream.

7. Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower with Fried Tarragon

Every Thanksgiving menu should include mashed potatoes, so for Friendsgiving let’s shake things up a bit by adding a sneaky ingredient: cauliflower! The cruciferous veggie adds flavor and moisture to the traditional dish.

8. Roasted Carrots with Fennel, Pistachios and Honey Vinaigrette

These colorful carrots will pop on any Friendsgiving table. All you need  is a bunch of rainbow carrots, fennel seeds, pistachios, honey, and white balsamic vinegar.

9. Cranberry-Pecan Pie

Instead of just making one kind of pie, combine a couple favorites! This cranberry-pecan recipe is the best of both worlds: you get the tart cranberries with the nutty, and rich pecans. It’s a perfectly balanced dessert.

10. Butternut Squash and Bacon Tart

Think of this dish as a Friendsgiving pizza! The comforting winter tart is topped with spiralized squash, crispy bacon, goat cheese, and sage. Get seconds while you can, because this dish will go fast.

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