Festive Friendsgiving Food Ideas

Fabulous Friendsgiving Food Ideas to round out your annual feast! These easy and festive holiday recipes are perfect for entertaining, whether you’re planning a Thanksgiving potluck or hosting a harvest table.

A serving of cooked stuffed acorn squash, with a platter of stuffed acorn squash in the background. Fresh herbs decorate the plates and a fork lies nearby.
Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Novice Chef

Celebrate friends, family, and the best of the season’s ingredients with these easy and tasty Friendsgiving ideas. From roasting a whole turkey to mashing potatoes to baking up dinner rolls for sopping up all that homemade gravy, consider your Thanksgiving menu sorted.

These recipes are some of our favorites because they’re just so darn simple and holiday-worthy at the same time. Your Friendsgiving crowd is bound to be impressed!

Easy Thanksgiving Turkey

This easy no-brine turkey recipe is totally hassle-free. With little effort, you’ll wind up with a succulent whole turkey to share among friends!

Vegan Thanksgiving Turkey

You don’t need to skip the turkey if you’re plant-based! This vegan Thanksgiving tofurkey roast tastes amazingly close to the real deal, with loads of savory flavor.

No-Knead Skillet Bread

Bake up a fresh loaf of bread, right in a skillet! Filled with the flavors of garlic and rosemary, this fluffy no-knead bread recipe is the perfect compliment to a Thanksgiving meal.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Mouthwateringly zesty and made from fresh cranberries, this easy cranberry sauce is an essential Thanksgiving condiment! This homemade recipe is infused with the flavors of citrus and cinnamon. 

Brown Gravy 

You can’t go wrong with a classic, mouthwatering Thanksgiving gravy recipe. This easy brown gravy is perfect for dousing all your turkey and fixin’s in savory, delicious flavor.

Crockpot Ham

Cooking your holiday ham in the crockpot is the ultimate Friendsgiving food hack you didn’t know you needed! This slow-cooked ham is extra tender and juicy.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes 

You can’t have Friendsgiving without a side of creamy, perfectly mashed potatoes. Prepare to pass the mashed potatoes, and pass them again and again, because everyone’s going to go for seconds and thirds!

Mashed Cauliflower

Fluffy and creamy mashed cauliflower is the best low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. This recipe for cauli mash keeps things light and tasty at the same time!

Classic Stuffing 

Prepare the best Thanksgiving stuffing to pile next to the turkey and taters this year. This easy homemade stuffing is no-frills, wholesome, and tasty. As a classic stuffing should be!

Cornbread Stuffing

Homemade pumpkin cornbread lends all sorts of warm fall flavors and scrumptious textures to this easy vegan stuffing recipe. Vegan or not, guests are sure to devour this moist and satisfying homemade stuffing!

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows 

This easy green bean casserole is another classic veggie side dish that belongs on your Friendsgiving table. Made the old-fashioned way with tender-cooked green beans swimming in rich mushroom cream sauce, topped with crispy fried onions.

Green Bean Casserole

Sweet, tender parsnips are tossed in garlic butter and roasted oven-crisp and golden in this perfect parsnip recipe. It’s the best root vegetable side dish that’s so easy to make.

Garlic Butter Roasted Parsnips

Sweet, tender parsnips are tossed in garlic butter and roasted oven-crisp and golden in this perfect parsnip recipe. It’s the best root vegetable side dish that’s so easy to make.

Roasted Delicata Squash

This succulent delicata squash roasts up so unbelievably tender, you don’t even need to peel it beforehand. A classic fall recipe that makes a delicious Thanksgiving side dish.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

This flawless method for roasted Brussels sprouts will forever change the game! These sprouts are irresistibly caramelized, crispy, and hard to resist.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

These stuffed acorn squash take an abundance of fall ingredients and pack them into tender halves of golden-roasted winter squash. This easy side dish idea is filled with savory sausage, sweet apples, kale, and feta.

Easy Dinner Rolls 

These moist and fluffy dinner rolls are exactly what you need for soaking up all that turkey gravy! Freshly baked, homemade dinner rolls don’t get easier than this.

Pecan Pie

Sweet and crunchy and filled with caramelized flavor, nothing rounds out a Friendsgiving meal like a slice of homemade pecan pie.

Dutch Apple Pie 

All-American apple pie is a classic fall dessert, and this homemade Dutch apple pie recipe is a home run. You’ll love the sweet, easy pie filling baked under a delectable crunchy topping.

Pumpkin Pie 

A pumpkin pie recipe that’s easy as pie, and has just the right amount of fluffy, pumpkin-filled decadence. This is a real classic, but you’re going to want to make it every year!

Apple Cider Margaritas

Enjoy a round of sweet and spiced apple cider margaritas among friends this holiday. The ingredients list for this holiday cocktail ticks all the fall boxes: apple cider, maple syrup, and cozy cinnamon.

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