Thanksgiving is upon us but the only real part of the holiday that’s giving us any sort of stress is prepping for our favorite pre-family meal: Friendsgiving!
Friendsgiving is the perfect time to impress your friends with your newfound cooking skills. Check out some easy Friendsgiving recipes below and choose whichever one fits your style (and timeline) best:
1 – The Healthy-ish Option: Butternut Squash Soup
The perfect first course of any Friendsgiving dinner: Butternut Squash Soup. This soup is the perfect slice of traditional home cooking that you can offer your besties. The best part of this recipe is that it incorporates butter instead of cream and roasted squash instead of a plain old squash. Your friends will say something along the lines of “I feel so warm and cozy” after they taste it and will most likely ask for seconds!
2 – The “I didn’t know you baked?” Option: Gingersnap Pumpkin Cake
This recipe combines two of fall’s darling flavors: Gingersnap AND Pumpkin. What more could you ask for? The cream cheese frosting is the literal icing on the cake and once your friends dig in, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the expressions on their faces 😉
3 – The “I can’t cook to save my life” Option: Garlic Roasted Carrots
Raw carrots are a snack time favorite but roasted carrots take the vegetable to an entirely different level. Ditch the ranch and whip these babies up in less than 45 minutes (prep included!). This recipe is for those of you with two left hands when it comes to cooking – the hardest part is mincing the garlic, promise!
4 – The Liquid Option: Hot Toddy
Hot Toddy’s are a classic fall drink that also comes in handy when flu season is alive & kicking. It’s made with your choice of bourbon, whiskey, or rum and always best topped off with a couple of cinnamon sticks. This fall favorite is warm, delicious, and has the added benefit of being a cold tonic that gets you a little tipsy. Recipe here or here.
5 – The New Take on a Classic Option: Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie
The thought of making chicken pot pie may be anxiety-inducing, but we stumbled upon this simple stovetop version that will be less of a mess than you may have originally thought. The trick is that you do away with the classic CPP recipe and have the biscuit as a topper instead of a container. This recipe recommends frozen buttermilk biscuits and your favorite Costco rotisserie chicken. Easy peasy!