Preparing food for a diverse crowd can be difficult and time-consuming, and if you don’t have a slew of family recipes to fall back on, the options can become a bit overwhelming. We’ve compiled eight delicious recipes that take the guesswork out of your Friendsgiving menu and are guaranteed to win the day. Not that it’s a competition or anything.
This flavorful duo definitely isn’t your standard veggie side dish. Impress your friends and bring something delicious and healthy with this bright and colorful recipe. Even if your friends aren’t huge fans of beets, the sweet brown sugar and carrots will make them believers.
Let someone else bring the boring pumpkin pie! This sugary sweet tart is great for everyone at the table who needs a break from the basic Friendsgiving desserts. Plus, the detailing is so satisfying that all of your friends are going to want to snap a photo.
Whether you’re strapped for time or not to be trusted around stoves or ovens, a recipe that involves a slow cooker is always a smart move. Simply add all of the spices and wine to your trusty crockpot and let it do all of the work for you. The result—a delicious hot drink that’s guaranteed to keep everyone toasty and warm. Tell everyone you got the recipe from your English gran and do not apologize for the purple ring around your mouth.
If you’re feeling the pressure of bringing a staple dish to the festivities, this is the recipe for you. This easy, no-fuss stuffing is surprisingly easy and has just the right amount of heat for everyone in your circle of friends to add that extra level of flavor to traditional stuffing.
Coleslaw isn’t just for summer. Take advantage of fall’s beautiful assortment of fruits and veggies with this bright and easy side dish. And considering it’s just as likely to be in the 70s as the 40s for your Friendsgiving, the sweet and earthy combination of carrots, apples and nuts will be a guaranteed hit.
Add a twist on the requisite cranberry dish with this cranberry and walnut rice salad. This hearty recipe will be a guaranteed hit for vegetarians at the table, and also pairs well as a side dish to roasted turkey and chicken.
You need a good pumpkin dish in your recipe arsenal, and this is the one. This pumpkin pie alternative is a breeze to put together and the chopped pecans add just the right crunch. And it’ll be a delicious lifesaver for your friends that are a little tired of the standard pumpkin pie. Pumpkins and pecan make for an essential combo that no true Texan is going to be able to resist.
Take advantage of all of the in-season options with this impressively easy appetizer. With a cozy combination of apples, beef and acorn squash, it’ll be the perfect dish to get everyone started. All you need is just a bit of prep time and you can just sit back and let the oven do all of the work for you.