Thanksgiving tends to be a family affair but that’s not a hard and fast rule – if you want to spend Thanksgiving with your friends, then simply swap the name for Friendsgiving and you can enjoy all the delicious bounty of the holiday with your best pals. This collection of Friendsgiving recipes offers some real gems you’ll definitely want to make. Where you are taking food or hosting, these Friendsgiving food ideas will make it a success.
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Brined Turkey Breast
Slow cooker apple cider brined turkey breast is a perfect autumn recipe. I guarantee you’ve never had such moist turkey! It’s juicy and delicious and bursting with fall flavours. Cooking boneless turkey breast in a slow cooker is an easy no fuss dinner. This is the best brined turkey breast and perfect for all the holidays ahead.
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One Pot Gouda And Cream Cheese Corn
One pot gouda and cream cheese corn is an extra-special and very delicious side dish. It’s an amazing holiday corn recipe and pairs nicely with any kind of meat you want to cook. The combination of gouda, cream cheese and heavy cream gives this cheesy corn casserole recipe a rich taste and it’s a cozy, comforting side dish the whole family will love.
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Air Fryer Whiskey, Sausage And Cranberry Stuffing
This air fryer whiskey, sausage, and cranberry stuffing is so delicious. And baking stuffing in an air fryer means you can fit other dishes in the oven or on the stove. It is the perfect stuffing for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Did you know you could make a bourbon or whiskey stuffing with pork sausage recipe in your air fryer? Well, you can, and it’s so good!
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Easy Instant Pot Fireball Apple Shortcakes
Looking for an Autumn Instant Pot dessert? Look no further – these Instant Pot Fireball apple shortcakes are a winning dish! It’s made with cinnamon apples soaked in Fireball whisky along with premade sponge cake dessert cups.
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Sheet Pan Turkey Breast Dinner
Turkey is something many of us only eat once a year (more than once if you’re counting all the meals from leftovers!) But if you don’t want to cook a huge turkey, you might prefer this sheet pan turkey breast dinner instead. You still get all the flavor and deliciousness of cooking a whole bird and sides, but with a simpler method. This is one of the best Thanksgiving sheet pan recipes!
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Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak
How does cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak sound as a Christmas dinner dish? Doesn’t the sound of this recipe make your mouth begin to water? It’s such a great recipe for stuffed flank steak and works well as a New Year, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe when you want something both fancy and tasty.
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Air Fryer Sweet Potato Casserole Stacks
Air fryer sweet potato casserole stacks make a delicious side dish for all kinds of dishes. This sliced yam casserole is a breeze to prepare and it tastes so good. The sweet potato stacks are topped with a crunchy topping. The thin sliced sweet potatoes are so quick to prepare in the air fryer, making them a great side any day of the week.
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Brie Cranberry Bites
The creaminess of brie cheese pairs beautifully with the sweet flavour of cranberry sauce in these brie cranberry bites in puff pastry. These delightful little bites are perfect for any season or occasion and each one boasts plenty of wonderful flavour.
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Easy Air Fryer Cinnamon Maple Baked Apples
If you are an air fryer fan like me and also an apple fan (again, like me!) you are going to love this easy air fryer apple dessert. I bet you can just imagine how these air fryer cinnamon maple baked apples smell and taste.
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Holiday Beef Wellington
What about making holiday beef Wellington for Christmas dinner this year? It’s made with beef tenderloin, the most tender cut of beef, along with flavourful ingredients such as prosciutto parma ham, rosemary, thyme, mushrooms, shallot, and more. This Thanksgiving or Christmas beef Wellington recipe is straightforward to make and it’s a wonderfully decadent meal for the holidays.
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Air Fryer Bacon Loaded Cornbread Pudding
Bacon loaded cornbread pudding pairs with everything from chicken to ham or turkey. It’s a wonderful potluck dish, and sure to be a hit. It’s easy to assemble this air fryer cornbread pudding made with Jiffy cornbread mix. This bacon corn casserole will become a family dinner tradition.
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Rustic Cranberry Galette
A warm golden brown cranberry galette is ideal for any occasion, from Christmas or Thanksgiving to a special event like someone’s birthday. Cranberries offer a bold, tart taste and this cranberry raspberry galette also boasts orange, cream, cranberries and raspberries for a wonderful result. You can use fresh or frozen berries and any type of pie crust you prefer
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Smoked Turkey Breast
This smoked turkey breast recipe is perfect for holiday dinners, and learning how to smoke it over wood chips or pellets will make you a pro. With juicy and flavorful results, your family will love it, so fire up your Traeger grill or pellet smoker!
Recipe here: Smoked Turkey Breast
Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate Graham Crust
This delicious pumpkin cheesecake with chocolate graham crust is easy to prepare. The pumpkin cheesecake filling has the wonderful flavors of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, and cream cheese blend together beautifully. Consider this black bottom pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the autumn.
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Brussels Sprout Salad
Try this Brussels Sprout Salad with Pear and Pomegranate. It’s packed with healthy seasonal ingredients and loaded with gorgeous colors. This delicious salad is crisp, refreshing, and tossed with a simple apple cider vinaigrette. It’s a perfect side dish to accompany a holiday meal or any main dish for weeknight dinners.
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Easy Sauteed Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta
These addictive Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta are made quickly on the stovetop. Add pancetta and pine nuts for over the top flavor that will have your whole family eating their vegetables.
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Roasted Green Beans
Roasted Green Beans are a quick and easy side dish for any day of the week. Roasting the green beans and tomatoes in the oven gives them extra flavor while leaving them firm.
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Baked Brie With Cranberry Raspberry Sauce
The perfect appetizer for all your parties, this Baked Brie is covered in Cranberry Raspberry Sauce that is sweet and tart.
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Air Fryer Scalloped Potatoes
Air fryer scalloped potatoes are an easy, cheesy side dish. The flavors are amazing and this simple recipe is soon to be a family favorite.
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Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes
Air Fryer Baked Sweet Potatoes are my new favorite way to make sweet potatoes. You’ll get deliciously crispy skin and perfect fluffy potato on the inside. Only 3 ingredients for the best sweet potatoes you’ll ever taste.
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Classic Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto
Craving a rich, hearty, one-pan meal that warms your soul? This Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto recipe is your answer! It’s a delicious blend of creamy Arborio rice, earthy shiitake mushrooms, and smooth pumpkin puree. It’s the best way to use pumpkin puree!
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These Sausage Pinwheels are super easy to make using just 5 ingredients! You’ll end up with perfectly crisp golden brown puff pastries wrapped around Italian sausage slices with a delicious pumpkin puree! The parmesan cheese and green onions elevate the flavor to the next level.
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Incredible Baked Cauliflower Mac And Cheese
This recipe for Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is like a mashup between cauliflower au gratin and the best mac n cheese. It’s a gooey and cheesy macaroni and cheese with a buttery, crunchy top, but also has an entire head of cauliflower inside! This vegetarian cauliflower bake is a major crowd pleaser that can feed up to 12 people so it’s great for entertaining!
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Sweet ripe persimmons shine in this salad with crisp greens, prosciutto, cranberries, goat cheese and toasted pecans. This persimmon salad is a wonderful addition to any holiday spread while still easy enough to throw together for a seasonal lunch or dinner.
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Savory Pear Galette With Goat Cheese And Walnuts
This savory pear galette with goat cheese and walnuts is a simple free-form tart that makes an ideal Thanksgiving appetizer.
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Roasted Acorn Squash With Yogurt, Pecans, & Browned Butter
Acorn squash is roasted until beautifully tender and lightly browned, then drizzled with browned butter and toasted pecans and served over a simple yogurt sauce for the ultimate holiday side dish. It’s a simple, stunning dish that will have your dinner guests reaching for seconds!
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Whipped Lemon Feta Dip
One quick warning about this lemon feta dip…it’s slightly addicting! My whipped feta dip recipe is a fluffy spread made of feta and cream cheeses along with some flavor boosters like lemon juice and zest, garlic, and olive oil.
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Cranberry Curd Tart
This cranberry curd tart features a smooth sweet and tart cranberry curd filling inside a gluten-free oat and nut-based crust that results in a stunningly delicious and festive holiday dessert.
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Pumpkin Pie Bites
Pumpkin pie bites combine custardy pumpkin pie filling with flaky phyllo dough to create an easy, bite-sized fall treat. These scrumptious delights are perfect for any fall or holiday gathering.
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This spatchcock turkey recipe is a whole turkey that’s been brined, then flattened and roasted until golden brown. A spatchcocked turkey cooks significantly faster than a traditional roast turkey, and comes out tender and juicy every time! Add this to your list of favorite Thanksgiving sheet pan recipes.
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Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
These Hasselback sweet potatoes are thinly sliced yams that are coated in butter and olive oil and roasted to golden brown perfection. Add some sweet or savory toppings and you’ve got an easy yet elegant side dish!
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Cherry Chestnut Turkey Roulade
This turkey roulade is stuffed with tart cherries, chestnuts and herbs. It’s topped with a red wine soaked cherry sauce and makes for a beautiful (and easy!) holiday dish.
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Pumpkin Pastel De Tres Leches
Pumpkin Pastel de Tres Leches is a decadent and indulgent dessert. The cake is super moist and overflowing with Fall flavor.
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