Thanksgiving Menu: Host a Thanksgiving Dinner with Friends

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Celebrating a Thanksgiving meal with friends is an excellent way to welcome the holiday season in a nontraditional way. Our delicious Friendsgiving menu offers simple recipes as easy alternatives to your classic Thanksgiving meal, with everything from turkey nachos to sweet treats to share. With our turkey recipe mash-ups, DIY wine pairings, and adorable Friendsgiving desserts, this homemade meal is guaranteed to be a memory-maker that everyone can be grateful for.

Friendsgiving Menu

When spending time with family on Thanksgiving isn't an option, many opt to host good friends over the holiday. If you are planning a Friendsgiving celebration of your own, try our creative Friendsgiving menu that offers simplified ideas and recipes so you can spend more time sipping wine with friends. Happy Friendsgiving!

Veggie-Turkey Burgers

Reinvent your go-to turkey recipe for Friendsgiving by making quick and easy bird burgers. This juicy turkey burger topped with fresh vegetables will delight friends and serve as the star of your Friendsgiving menu. Don’t forget to offer classic Thanksgiving sides with the meal—like mashed potatoes and cranberries—to balance the new turkey recipe with old traditions.

Turkey Pita Nachos with Pomegranate and Mint

Wishing for a more subtle turkey recipe for your Friendsgiving menu? That’s nacho problem anymore. Our turkey-topped nacho recipe features crisp pita chips topped with fresh mint, pomegranate seeds, turkey (of course), and a sprinkling of feta cheese. This atypical dish is a simple reminder of what we’re most grateful for during the holiday season: making new memories with cherished friends.

Marshmallow Treat Turkey Dessert

Delight guests with a turkey-shape snack that's sweeter than Thanksgiving pie. These chocolate-covered marshmallow crispy treats are topped with a classic peanut butter cookie then decorated with candies to create an almost-too-cute-to-eat turkey dessert. Our easy-to-prep sweet also makes a perfect Friendsgiving activity for everyone to assemble together.

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 entire roast. Our delicious turkey recipe is easy to prepare and comes topped with a crunchy glaze made from a spicy rub and tangy cranberry sauce.

Cauliflower-Fontina Gratin

Offer guests something different from the run-of-the-mill Thanksgiving side dish on your Friendsgiving menu. This cauliflower recipe is served gratin-style and loaded with creamy, buttery, nutty Fontina cheese—you won't even miss the cheesy mashed potatoes.

Gruyère Cheese Straws

Want to plan ahead for your Friendsgiving celebration? 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. The tasty appetizer pairs well with a glass of Thanksgiving wine, or save them for the main meal: The savory bites perfectly accompany any turkey recipe.

Watch as we cook up a delicious side of mashed sweet potatoes with goat cheese and pistachios.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese and Pistachios

Watch and learn how to create a Thanksgiving-worthy side-dish recipe your friends will find irresistible alongside any turkey entrée. Tangy goat cheese melts into creamy mashed sweet potatoes, adding extra zing to your Friendsgiving menu, 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 this Friendsgiving recipe 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 Friendsgiving dessert topped with tangy cream cheese frosting, and again as breakfast muffins for overnight guests. Simply save a few unfrosted cupcakes, and voilá—it's a two-in-one recipe perfect for every Friendsgiving menu!

Bibb Lettuce Salad with Smoky Ranch Dressing

Impress your Friendsgiving guests with a homemade salad dressing that tastes better than any store-bought version. The delicious smoky ranch dressing that tops this Thanksgiving salad recipe can be prepped the day before for a stronger flavor. This versatile salad pairs perfectly with any turkey recipe. Keep the side salad fresh by assembling the lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon as guests arrive to your Friendsgiving celebration.

Pumpkin Ice Cream

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

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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