Friendsgiving, Potluck Style

Maybe you’re a recent grad who can’t afford to fly home for Thanksgiving. (Been there!) Or maybe Thanksgiving with the family is in the cards, and Friendsgiving is just a great reason to eat pie with your BFFs. (Totally agree.) In any case, it’s time to decide what you’re bringing—and this year, that’s going to be more than just wine. (Right? Right.) We’ve gathered six recipes to help you up your Friendsgiving game—and they’re surprisingly simple to make, too!

  1. Pick a Perfect Turkey

Turkey with Ancho Adobo: If you’re hosting, you’ve almost certainly got bird duty. (Just try asking a friend to transport a whole cooked turkey and see what reaction you get.) This spicy adobo-glazed turkey illustrates everything that’s great about Friendsgiving: It’s traditional, with a twist. And it’s amazingly delicious.

2. Sweet Potatoes are a Must-Have

Orange Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes: These ain’t yo mama’s sweet potatoes. Bright and deliciously sweet with a little extra flavor from a splash of bourbon (or vanilla extract), they’re attention-getters at the Friendsgiving table. And who made them? That’s right, you did.

3. Get the Stuffing Going

Cheesy Stuffing Cups: Volunteered to bring the stuffing? Have we got a hack for you. These seriously cute stuffing cups (made in a muffin pan!) bake quickly, transport well and are covered in gooey cheddar cheese. Don’t plan on leftovers.

       4.  Suggest a Simple Salad

Pomegranate-Quinoa Spinach Salad: Be that person who brings a salad to a party—and comes home with an empty bowl. (Happens every time.) This gorgeous salad packs in the goodies, from quinoa and feta to almonds and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle on some poppy seed dressing for a Healthy Living salad FTW.

5. Assign Easy Appetizers







Easy Appetizer Bites: If you tell your friends exactly what’s in these three-ingredient appetizers, they might laugh and call you lazy. Seriously, deli meat smeared with cream cheese and rolled around a pickle? But all doubt will disappear the moment they crunch into one. It’s genius, but who’da thought?

6. Settle on a Crowd-Pleasing Dessert

Layered Pumpkin-Gingersnap Dessert: We love pumpkin pie. Adore it. So trust us when we say… this is better. It preps quickly and easily (no baking or rolling dough!), and its creamy, pumpkin-y layers are thanks to JELL-O Instant Pudding, PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese and COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. So good! Serve slices with coffee, and we’re talking pumpkin-spice-latte good.

Need more inspiration for your Friendsgiving celebration? We’ve got you covered. Check out our complete list of Friendsgiving recipes. And for more great recipes and tips, check out Kraft in the Kitchen!

Ms. Career Girl

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