Raise your hand if you’ve got a “friendsgiving” gathering to attend this weekend! 👋 Friendsgivings are becoming more and more popular, which is awesome from a budget standpoint, since they’re often conducted more like a potluck, with everyone pitching in. So I’ve compiled a few good friendsgiving recipe ideas to help you navigate this new cultural phenomenon. What makes these friendsgiving picks different than just any old Thanksgiving recipe? I selected these friendsgiving recipes because they travel well, don’t need to be served fresh out of the oven, are easy to scale up and make big batches, or are conducive to serving as small bites or serving buffet style. Ready to see what I’ve got?
You can also check out my Easy Thanksgiving Dinner for Beginners meal plan.
15 Friendsgiving Recipe Ideas
Turkey and Stuffing Meatballs – These cute little meatballs are made for friendsgiving. They’re the perfect small bite to set out for guests as an appetizer, and are super easy to make if you’re not exactly a master chef.
Spinach Artichoke Dip – Serve this as an appetizer or a side dish with dinner! You can mix everything together before you leave the house or the day before, then just pop it in the oven to bake once you reach your destination.
Mashed Potatoes – What would Thanksgiving be without mashed potatoes? And luckily you can never have too much. Bring these Brown Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes for a little something different, or stick to a classic like Fluffy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes.
Apple Dijon Kale Salad – I always breathe a sigh of relief when I see fresh greens in a Thanksgiving spread because all those rich and heavy sides can be a bit overwhelming. This salad is full of fall flavors, like apples and walnuts, and the kale holds up extremely well, so it’s perfect for making ahead. Keep the dressing separate until you reach your gathering, then dress and toss to coat. Even if the salad sits out for a while that kale will stay strong and sturdy!
Mushroom Herb Gravy – I love the idea of bringing a separate gravy like this Mushroom Herb Gravy for vegetarians. So even if your host is making a turkey and traditional gravy from the pan drippings, everyone can have a rich and flavorful gravy to spoon over their mashed potatoes and stuffing, whether they eat turkey or not.
Cranberry Sauce – Such a classic that you can’t go wrong. This is one of the easiest recipes on the list, so if you’re a newbie cook this is one you can definitely conquer!
Broccoli Cheddar Casserole – If you want to bring something that will get eaten until it’s GONE, it’s Broccoli Cheddar Casserole. No one can resist that creamy, cheesy, comfort food!
Savory Vegetable Stuffing – Another great option if your friendsgiving will include vegetarian patrons. You can bring a separate batch of this vegetarian stuffing for those who prefer to avoid the one prepared with turkey drippings, sausage, or other meat.
Colcannon – Instead of plain mashed potatoes, add some greens! My biggest gripe with Thanksgiving food is that it is often lacking in the green area. Colcannon is a great fix for that. No one can resist buttery mashed potatoes, and you’ll get your greens at the same time. 🙂
Sweet Potato Cornbread – This cult classic will have your friends talking for years to come. This rich, orange colored cornbread is almost dessert-like in its sweetness and is full of warm fall spices. This will make a stunning addition to your friendsgiving spread.
Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls – If you want to go all out and impress, these homemade Sweet Molasses Dinner Rolls will do it. They’re soft, subtly sweet, and have the most gorgeous brown color. Double up the recipe for larger gatherings, or divide the dough into smaller pieces if you anticipate people needing to fill their plates with small bits of several dishes.
Mini Dark Chocolate Pecan Pies – I actually had friendsgiving in mind when I made this recipe! I imagined a pyramid of these pretty little pecan pies sitting out on a buffet table as the perfect sweet treat to cap off a meal. …And if by some strange reason there are any leftover at the end of the party, you can freeze them for later. 😉 But there won’t be any leftover.
Cranberry Almond Cake – This cake is stunning! And super easy. So if you want a great fall/winter themed cake to bring to your gathering, this is it. Those cranberries will bring lots of gorgeous color to the table!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse – Just because it’s November doesn’t mean pumpkin is over! Bring this mousse to serve as an appetizer with Cinnamon Pita Crisps for dipping. A little dessert before dinner doesn’t hurt!
Candied Almonds – I’ve actually brought these candied almonds to a friendsgiving in the past and they were a hit! Your friends won’t be able to stay out of them. They’re the perfect little crunchy bite to nibble on as you wait for the main course.
What are your favorite recipes to bring to friendsgiving?? Share in the comments below!