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What to Serve at Your Friendsgiving Meal: An Inspirational Potluck Menu

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Friends + Food + November, can only equate to one thing- Friendsgiving! What is this you might ask? Only the day where you celebrate turkey day with your close friends for laughs, sharing memories, and eating delicious fall foods! Throwing a Friendsgiving is a great way to celebrate with your close circle, especially if you meal tends to be family feuding over who burnt the stuffing and which kid gets to break the wishbone. To help plan the ultimate meal, potluck style, check out these delicious and portable recipes!

Drinks and Cocktails

Having good drinks or cocktails when your with your peers is always necessary. For some pitcher sized drinks that do well in large batches here are some great seasonal drink ideas!

Pumpkin Pie and Bourbon Pear Cocktail// Honestly Yum

Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria// Flavor and Savour

Cider, Thyme, and Tonic Mocktail// Offbeat and Inspired


Appetizers and Snacks

Having some appetizers or snacks are a great way to kick off your gathering. Finger foods are a great casual start to a meal and give everyone time to arrive, settle, and catch up! For some delicious and holiday inspired bites, check out these festive apps!

Cranberry Goat Cheese Bites// Real Housemoms

Apple Focaccia with Gruyere and Rosemary// William Sonoma Taste

Corn Bread Muffins// Edible Perspective


Sides and Salads

Sides are of course in need to accompany the main star- whether you decide turkey, chicken, or meat . Additionally, having some greens on the table creates balance. For inspiration to creating delicious vegetable dishes for sides and salad, here are some flavorful recipes!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries and Balsamic Reduction// Platings and Pairings

Dijon Maple Green Beans with Caramelized Pecans, Bacon, and Feta// Carlsbad Cravings

Squash and Celeriac Quinoa Stuffing// NY Times Cooking

Cider Roasted Root Vegetables// Simple Recipes


Main Dishes

What would the meal be without some main dishes? Instead making turkey since having it twice might be a bit too much, try some alternative such as a vegetarian main, chicken, meatballs, pork, fish, or even brisket! For some main dish ideas to feed a group and send out some happy tummy vibes, check out these hearty recipes!

Maple Walnut Crusted Salmon// The Healthy Foodie

Cranberry Turkey Meatballs// Well Plated

Vegetarian Pumpkin and Kale Pasta Bake// MJ and the Hungry Man

Cranberry Pecan Stuffed Pork Loin// The Gardening Cook



A meal isn’t complete without a sweet bite, right? For some turkey day inspired desserts that are easy to share and are portable, here are some delicious desserts that will satisfy all of you and your friends sweet tooth cravings!

Cranberry Apple Shortbread Bars// Keep it Sweet Desserts

Pumpkin Spice Truffles// Sally’s Baking Addiction

Pecan Pie Bars// Just a Taste

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake// Chocolate with Grace

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