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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.