Friendsgiving Recipes

‘Tis the season for Thanksgiving potlucks! There is something special about gathering with your closest friends to enjoy a plate full of homemade dishes.  I have a couple different Friendsgiving and work potlucks coming up in the next couple of weeks and I am in full on research mode, gathering up recipes and choosing which dishes to bring. I figured many of you might be in the same boat so I wanted to share some of my trusty potluck standbys and some new recipes I am considering!

Thanksgiving Potluck Friendsgiving Recipe Plate

Appetizers:

Brie and Jam Bites – these little sweet and savory morsels are so easy and delicious, they are my go to appetizer for any event or potluck. These require minimum prep thanks to using the pre-made phyllo shells and I usually use this version from She Wears Many Hats with brie and apricot jam, but you can switch it up by using goat cheese and fig jam or cream cheese and pepper jelly.

Turkey Meatballs – If your friends are anything like my friends, your Friendsgiving may be missing the main event, the turkey. Cleaning, stuffing, basting, hours in the oven – ain’t nobody got time for that. These meatballs are just the trick to get a taste of turkey without spending hours in the kitchen – just swap out the marinara sauce for gravy!

No time to cook? Pick up one of these apps: Meatballs or Arancini from DiPasquale’s, Hummus and Pita from Samos Greek Island Grill

Sides:

Sweet Potatoes – my family’s Thanksgiving dinner includes not one, but two sweet potato dishes. My Aunt Diane makes a sweet potato souffle with marshmallows on top that is fairly similar to this Traditional Southern Sweet Potato Casserole. When I make the recipe I typically cut the amount of sugar and spices in half because sweet potatoes have such an amazing flavor on their own, but of course the traditional southern version must have ALL the sugar and butter 🙂 Diane also makes a candied sweet potato dish that looks similar to this candied yams recipe.

Macaroni and Cheese – Oh Pioneer Woman you do no wrong – especially with this ooey gooey mac and cheese. And for good measure here’s another recipe I’ve been scoping out with panko bread crumbs on top from the Mac and Cheese Chick.

Squash Casserole – my Mimi’s secret recipe is the best, but this Paula Deen version won’t steer you wrong either.

Brussels Sprouts – If you’re looking for a little veggies in your Friendsgiving feast look no further than this super easy recipe from Ina Garten. The most time consuming part is chopping the sprouts, but worth it for the finished product.

No time to cook? Pick up one of these sides: Mac and Cheese from Mission BBQ, Whipped Sweet Potatoes from Dinosaur BBQ (new to Harbor East), Brussels Sprouts from Whole Foods

Desserts:

Pumpkin Cookies – these crazy easy pumpkin spice cookies from PB Fingers (with cream cheese frosting!!) are delicious – just make sure you cook them for long enough. One year I took them out a little early thinking they would continue cooking on the pan and ended up bringing lumpy, under cooked pumpkin cookies to Friendsgiving. #fail

Chocolate and Strawberry Trifle – This isn’t particularly Thanksgiving-y but it is one of my absolute favorite desserts to make for a group. It tastes even better if you make it the night before and allow all the flavors to ooze together.

No time to cook? Pick up one of these desserts: Pumpkin Pie form Dangerously Delicious Pies, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Patisserie Poupon

Strawberry Chocolate Trifle Potluck Dessert

Are you going to a Friendsgiving potluck? What are you bringing? 

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Friday Five (Favorite Fall Foods)

It’s officially leggings, boots and sweater weather so today is the perfect day for the DC Trifecta favorite fall foods linkup. After you drool over the dishes below, check out what Courtney, Mar and Cynthia‘s favorites are as well. And don’t forget to check out Heather’s Friday Favorites.

Roast Fall vegetables squash

  1. Roast Veggies – hands down my favorite food to make in the fall. Only slightly complicated by the fact that my dog has developed a major fear of the oven and whenever it’s on he cowers around the house with his tail between his legs. L Otherwise I would probably roast veggies every night. Butternut squash and broccoli or Brussel sprouts are probably my faves, but really everything is delicious when roasted with salt, pepper and a little splash of olive oil. I’ll add a squirt of maple syrup if I want to have a twinge of sweetness.
  1. Pretty much anything off of Peter’s Inn’s ever changing seasonal menu – like this week they have braised pork shank with greens and cheese grits or seared scallops with pumpkin risotto. Both sound amazing and like the perfect fall comfort foods.

Atwater's Soup

  1. Soup – of any and all kinds. This summer I got hooked on half and half crab soup – half the red Maryland crab and half cream of crab, sharing a bowl in perfect harmony – and last weekend I had a delicious bowl at Plug Ugly’s in Canton. I’ve already raved about Atwater’s soups and their’s a new ramen place in Federal Hill that is a great addition to the neighborhood.
  1. All apple everything – apple cider, apple pie, caramel apple thumbprint scone at Panera (approximately 8 million calories but just so good).

5. Easy one pan meals – like this creation sort of inspired by Tuscan Skillet White Bean Chicken. Onions, mushrooms, white beans, tomato, spicy chicken sausage + seasoning (salt, pepper, garlic, thyme, oregano). Easy, tasty and filling = the perfect fall meal.

easy one skillet chicken sausage white bean