Thanksgiving with the family can be great, but there’s something extra special about celebrating with your friends. If you have a Friendsgiving potluck to attend this year and aren’t quite sure what to bring, let us remind you that you don’t have to go overboard with your offer. From apps to drinks, here are some easy Friendsgiving recipes to impress your friends.
Want to skip the actual “kitchen” this year? Go for apps! This tried-and-true staple is an easy and inexpensive way to feed your friends. By choosing different cheeses, crackers, nuts, fruits, and fancy spreads, you can get as creative (or keep it as simple) as you want.
Need a really easy recipe? Anyone can boil a few eggs. Whip the yolks with a little mayonnaise, vinegar, and mustard, and you’re good to go.
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3. Sweet potatoes
Another Thanksgiving classic: sweet potatoes are a super easy option for friends. You can slice, dice or mash them – even the simplest sweet potato recipe makes a delicious side dish.
Whether you’re trying your hand at baking a homemade bun or just running to a local bakery, bringing a loaf of fresh bread is always a win. Bonus points if you take fancy butter or dip!
Want to leave the cooking to your friends this year? Get a bottle on your way to dinner. You can go ahead with a bubbly for the Thanksgiving toast, or just grab your crowd’s favorite red or white.
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6. Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
Cut corners and always make a delicious dish with an Instant Macaroni & Cheese Pot. Mac and cheese makes a great side dish or even a main dish for the vegetarians in your life. Cook it in an Instant Pot and you have an appetizing dish in minutes.
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7. Mashed potatoes
When it comes to Thanksgiving, the more potatoes the better. You can’t go wrong with a classic side of old fashioned mashed potato. But if you want to take it up a notch, consider adding toppings like cheese, scallions, and bacon bits.
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8. Cream of Corn Crockpot
If you want to bring a creamy side dish but don’t have a lot of space in the kitchen, a Crockpot Creamed Corn may be the right Friendsgiving side dish for you. This recipe includes cream cheese and cheddar cheese, plus it’s super easy and affordable to make.
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9. Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
Want to take your wine to the next level? Add a homemade element by turning your favorite red into a hot mulled wine. A slow cooker recipe is a great way to save time and mess while providing a delicious holiday treat. Plus, your kitchen will smell great after cooking!
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10. Cranberry Sauce
Bring on the holiday flavor with a side of cranberry sauce. It doesn’t have to be fancy – any simple recipe you find online will do. All you need are cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and a few spices to bring that festive side to the holidays.
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11. Dates wrapped in bacon
Calling all sweet and savory lovers – this unexpected dish looks luxurious but can be made as simple (or complex) as you like. Mix and match different toppings, coatings, and spices to bring out a unique flavor that’s uniquely yours.
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12. Microwave Acorn Squash
This recipe relies on the trusty microwave, an often-overlooked Thanksgiving appliance. Slice the squash, add your favorite toppings and pop it in the microwave. Need inspiration? We like this easy to follow recipe.
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13. Spinach and Artichoke Dip
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Rich, creamy and filling, this dip is a fan favorite for a reason. Whether it’s store bought or made from scratch, we guarantee that if you bring in a spinach and artichoke dip, it will be gone by the end of the night. Add some bread, crackers, or veggies on the side, and you’re good to go.
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14. Pigs in a Blanket
Who doesn’t love pigs in a blanket? This everyone-friendly mini-app is the perfect pre-feast appetizer. Also, other than assembling and putting the pigs in the blankets, you don’t need to prepare any ingredients.
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15. Vegetable platter with dip
Another no-bake option for all snackers. Whether you choose to make a homemade dip or toss some ranch into a bowl, you can’t go wrong with this new app.
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