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12 recipes Perfect for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving



Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and even though it will be different this year without the big family gatherings and Friendsgivings, this year you get the chance to experiment with your recipes, and perhaps even try something new. To give you some inspiration, we pulled together 12 recipes worth trying this Thanksgiving! 


Appetizers 


Every good meal starts with a great appetizer, so to kick off your holiday meal, here are some of our favorites:



Bacon-Wrapped Dates 



Baked Brie with Cranberries and Walnuts 



Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms 



Pumpkin Soup 



This recipe comes from the kitchen of our very own Marketing Manager Bianca, and it’s a personal favorite of hers! 


You’ll need: 

  • 2 (15 oz) cans of pumpkin puree 

  • ¼ cup minced onion 

  • 16oz beef broth 

  • 16oz chicken broth 

  • 4 leeks 

  • Nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste


The instructions are as follows: 

  • Soak the leeks in water to clean them, once they’re clean, chop the whites, and save the greens for a different recipe. 

  • Saute the onions and leeks until translucent

  • Add broth, pumpkin, and spices 

  • Simmer for 25 mins 

  • Serve with croutons and black pepper! 



Sides 


Just as important as the entrees for any holiday meal are the foods you choose to serve alongside it! In order to get a variety of flavors that complement each other ( as well as your main dishes) here are our suggestions: 


The Best Mashed Potatoes


Vegan Baked Mac And Cheese 


Green Bean Casserole 


Sweet potato casserole in the slow cooker 


This recipe is a family favorite for Junior Marketing Associate Hannah, and she wanted to share it with us for the holiday! 

Ingredients:

  • 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and finely diced 

  • 4 tbsp melted butter 

  • 2 cups packed brown sugar 

  • ¼ cup water 

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • 1.5 cups mini marshmallows 

  • 1 pinch kosher salt 

  • (optional) ½ cup whole pecans 


Instructions: 

  • Spray the crockpot/slow cooker with cooking spray, and place the sweet potatoes inside. 

  • In a medium bowl, combine butter, sugar, water, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Whisk to combine 

  • Pour the mixture over the sweet potatoes, and toss until they are fully coated.

  • Cook on high for 4 hours, stirring hourly 

  • Remove lid and top with the marshmallows, reduce heat to low and cover until they’re melted 

  • Serve after the marshmallows have melted on top of the sweet potatoes 



Desserts 


Finally, the sweet treat to finish off a massive meal, everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving, the desserts. If you’re looking for something new (or perhaps a new way to make an old favorite) here are our suggestions for your dessert table:


Pumpkin pie (inspired by Charlie Brown Thanksgiving) 


Pretzel chocolate pecan slab pie 



No-Bake Cranberry Cheesecake



Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie 



For more pie recipes, check out our post Must Try Pies of 2019



Now that you’ve got a range of dishes to serve on Turkey Day (or whatever day your Friendsgiving might be) go forth, and even though most people have their own traditions they like to follow for the holiday, don’t be afraid to try something new! Otherwise, you might miss out on something delicious. 


Note: Please read through the recipes and check for any ingredients you or your guests might be allergic to before cooking/serving these dishes.