A holiday that’s all about eating great food with friends and family is something to truly get excited about in my book. Thanksgiving is the best.
The only downside? It’s just one day. Hence FRIENDSgiving. Thanksgiving will always be for getting together with family both near and far and cooking up grandma’s favorite recipes.
Friendsgiving is about celebrating with your neighbors and your buds. It’s about playing around with the flavors of Thanksgiving and having fun in the kitchen. It’s about enjoying a glass of wine and watching football. When we host Friendsgiving, I like to incorporate some traditional flavors like turkey and pumpkin pie, but with a twist.
For this Friendsgiving menu, we’re taking turkey tenderloins and grilling them. Not only does this give the guys an excuse to man the grill with a beer in hand, but it also frees up precious oven space. Double win!
Our sides Roasted Carrots with Goat Cheese and Candied Pecans, Classic Green Bean Casserole, and Hasselback Red Potatoes with Herbed Butter are all easy to execute. These can each be made a few hours before the main event and placed in the oven as dinner nears.
The grand finale for our Friendsgiving menu is a show-stopper. Simply take a prepared Harris Teeter Pumpkin Pie and dollop on spoonfuls of meringue. It looks elegant, tastes delicious, and no one will know it was store bought.
Cheers to a fabulous holiday season!
Katie Harding is the publisher of Forks and Folly . A self-taught cook and die-hard foodie, Katie lives in Charlotte with her husband and three boys. Besides cooking and eating, she loves craft beers, running, and napping.