Thanksgiving doesn’t just have to be spent with family, it can also involve friends! Friendsgiving is a way for a bunch of your close friends can get together and eat good food and catch up with each other! Although Friendsgiving is all about the people your with, the food is also an important component. Try out these Friendsgiving food ideas that your friends will rave about!
1. Apple Pie Fries with Yogurt Dippers
Starting off with some appetizers or things your friends can snack on before the actual meal, these apple pie fries with yogurt dippers will definitely tide them over until mealtime. The preparation time is 10 minutes with a total baking time of 20 minutes, which means you won’t have to spend too long making these before your guests arrive. This recipe is from Tablespoon where it lists the ingredients as 1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust, butter, cinnamon-sugar, apples, lemon, caramel sauce, and vanilla yogurt. You can read how much of each ingredient you have to use and all the steps on Tablespoon.
2. Loaded Cheesy Mashed Potato Balls
Potatoes are a classic Thanksgiving food item, but imagine fried mashed potato balls with cheese? Even better. The potato balls will be a perfect appetizer that you and your guests will probably end up eating way too many of them because they are just that good. Ingredient wise you should buy a pouch of Betty Crocker Mashed Potato Mix Roasted Garlic, butter, milk, bacon, cheddar cheese, egg, chives, Progresso panko bread crumbs, and vegetable oil. The full recipe can be found on Tablespoon. Overall it should take you about 50 minutes to make these yummy appetizers!
3. Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Another appetizer that your guests will love! Spinach and artichoke dip is a classic, go-to appetizer for events and parties and definitely would still work for a nice Friendsgiving. The dip takes around 46 minutes to make, but the outcome will be worth it. You need to gather all the ingredients as well including sour cream, ground black pepper, garlic cloves, artichoke hearts, frozen chopped spinach, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. You can find the rest of the recipe instructions to follow on MyRecpies.com. Put a bag of tortilla chips out with your dip and your friends are sure to enjoy it!
4. Crispy Potato Chips
If you love to cook and are sick of eating potato chips from a bag, you can actually make your own! They will go great along with your artichoke dip. They take about 40 minutes to make. You need large russet potatoes, white vinegar, peanut oil, chopped chives, and kosher salt! You can find the rest of this delicious potato chip recipe on MyRecipes.com!
5. Mac and Cheese with Squash
Mac and Cheese on Friendsgiving? I think yes! Think about how amazing it would go with your main entree of turkey. Plus, you get to add some squash (another Thanksgiving staple food) to make it more festive. It only takes 30 minutes to cook which means you won’t have to spend too long slaving away in the kitchen. For ingredients, you will need salt, elbow macaroni, milk, frozen cooked squash puree, Dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, shredded Cheddar, unsalted butter, panko, and grated Parmesan. Again the rest of the recipe can be found on MyRecpies.com.
6. Blueberry Corn Muffins
Personally, I am a huge fan of both blueberry muffins and cornbread so the fact that I found a recipe that combines both of them is amazing to me! These mini muffins would go great as a side dish or even a good dessert option. It takes a total of 35 minutes to bake. Ingredient wise you should have yellow cornmeal, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, eggs, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, and fresh blueberries! The page to the whole recipe is also on MyRecipes.com.
7. Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies
What could scream Thanksgiving more than pumpkin spice? Everyone loves PSL so I’m sure that your friends would be obsessed with pumpkin spice cookies! Plus you can make them in the shape of leaves and decorate them with your friends! These take a bit longer to make with a total time of 4 hours and 45 minutes, but you do end up with cute, yummy cookies! The ingredients are listed as butter, granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, pumpkin pie spice, and table salt. For the icing, you will need powdered sugar, egg whites, and food coloring! Find the rest of the recipe on MyRecipes.com.
8. Sage and Olive Oil Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Instead of just having regular mashed potatoes, try using sweet potatoes! Sweet potatoes have a bit of a different yet unique taste! It will take 35 minutes to make these mashed sweet potatoes. The ingredients that you need are large sweet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh minced sage leaves. You can find the full recipe with step-by-step guidance on Tablespoon.com.
9. Soft and Fluffy Honey Dinner Rolls
Bread rolls go well with any meal! Add a little bit of honey and it will be even sweeter! It takes about 45 minutes total to make these delicious rolls. You need water, dry yeast, egg, honey, canola oil, salt, bread flour, and unsalted butter then you’re all set. See the rest of the recipe on
10. Pumpkin Pie Dip
Everyone associates pumpkin pie with Thanksgiving, but what about pumpkin pie dip? It’s the perfect party food as it can serve so many more people. Plus, the total time to make the pie dip is only 25 minutes! All you need are pumpkin puree, cream cheese, packed brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, mini marshmallows, apple slices, and graham crackers. Find the rest of this yummy recipe on Jelly Toast’s Blog.
Hopefully, these recipes give you some idea of the dishes that you decide to serve at your own Friendsgiving. The fun part is actually cooking the dishes and sharing them with your friends! Have fun cooking!
What will you be serving at your Friendsgiving this year? Let us know in the comments below!
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Caitlyn is a third-year student at UCLA. She is majoring in English. She enjoys writing, and going to hot yoga classes and, of course, binge-watching Netflix. At UCLA, Caitlyn is a feature writer for HER Campus, part of the American Cancer Society club, and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta.