Thanksgiving Menu: Host a Thanksgiving Dinner with Friends

Giving thanks with friends is an excellent way to celebrate the holiday season. This "Friendsgiving" menu offers simple recipes as easy alternatives to the Thanksgiving traditions. But don't let the quicker-to-fix menu fool you: This meal is sure to be a memory-maker.

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    • Friendsgiving Menu

      When spending time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday isn't an option, spending time with good friends is the next best thing. Try our Thanksgiving menu that cuts down on planning and cooking so you can spend more time celebrating. Happy Friendsgiving!

    • BBQ Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast

      When you're among friends, there's no need to impress with the whole bird: Simplify this Thanksgiving main attraction by serving turkey breasts instead of the whole shebang. Our recipe calls for easy preparation and an enticing, crunchy glaze in the form of a spicy rub.

    • Cauliflower-Fontina Gratin

      Offer friends something different from the run-of-the-mill Thanksgiving side dish. Served gratin-style and loaded with creamy, buttery, nutty Fontina cheese, you'll hardly be able to tell the difference between this cauliflower recipe and cheesy mashed potatoes.

    • Gruyere Cheese Straws

      Like to plan ahead? Make these cheesy, crunchy pastries two days before the big Thanksgiving dinner. As your guests begin to arrive, simply reheat in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes to make them warm and crisp.

    • Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

      Watch and learn how to create a Thanksgiving-worthy side-dish recipe your guests will find irresistible. Tangy goat cheese melts into creamy mashed sweet potatoes, adding extra zing, while lightly salted toasted pistachios bring crunch to every bite.

    • Wild Rice Dressing

      Bring a light side dish to the table this Thanksgiving with our savory wild rice dressing. Not only is it a great alternative to your usual heavy stuffing, but it has all the flavors you crave from the bread-based classic.

    • Mini Blue Corn-Carrot Cupcakes

      Get double duty out of this recipe: Serve first as Thanksgiving dessert topped with tangy cream cheese frosting, and again as breakfast muffins for overnight guests. Simply save a few unfrosted cupcakes, and voila -- it's a two-in-one recipe!

    • Bibb Lettuce Salad with Smoky Ranch Dressing

      Impress your friends with a homemade salad dressing that tastes better than any bottled version. The delicious smoky ranch dressing that tops this Thanksgiving salad recipe can be prepped the day before for a more intense flavor. Keep the salad fresh by assembling the lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon as guests arrive.

    • Pumpkin Ice Cream

      Homemade pumpkin ice cream takes any holiday dessert to the next level. Not only is it delectable with apple, pear, or oatmeal pie, but once it's made, the ice cream can be stored in the freezer for later.

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      Thanksgiving with Friends: Wine Guide

      Now that you have the food set for your Thanksgiving dinner with friends, it's time to think about what you'll have to drink. Use these tips to make sure you get the best wines to match your Thanksgiving menu.

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      Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

      This Thanksgiving meal will stun your guests when they gather around the table. Here's how to make a wow-worthy traditional Thanksgiving menu with all of the classics: turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and more.
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