25 Friendsgiving Food Ideas

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Friendsgiving is all about celebrating Thanksgiving dinner with your friends, old and new. It’s a fun and playful take on the classic family Thanksgiving dinner. Let’s face it, our friends are our family, so why not celebrate the holiday together? So if you wondering what do you serve for Friendsgiving? Check out these 25 Friendsgiving food ideas.

Cornbread, spinach dip, cranberry dip, and stuffing.


A Friendsgiving feast is a chance to give thanks and celebrate with your friends in your own unique way while enjoying lots of delicious food. 

To celebrate Friendsgiving, we have rounded up our favorite Thanksgiving dinner recipes. We have classic Thanksgiving dishes such as green bean casserole and mashed potatoes, tasty beverages, sweet treats, and scrumptious appetizers. 

If you are planning a Friendsgiving feast, read below to find delicious inspiration and the best Friendsgiving food ideas. 

1. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

The slow cooker turkey breast is a wonderful alternative to cooking a whole turkey. When you have a small dinner party with just a few of you, this is the recipe to make.

The turkey breast is tender, juicy, and delicious. The slow cooker allows time to enjoy the day, make the rest of your holiday meal, and enjoy time with your friends. 

2. Air Fryer Rotisserie Chicken

The air fryer rotisserie chicken is an easy way to cook a whole chicken. Take 10 minutes to prep and season the chicken then your air fryer does the rest of the work. Perfect, succulent, juicy chicken every time. This is a great option for a small Friendsgiving dinner and is quick to make if you are short on time. 

3. Whipped Sweet Potatoes

What is a Thanksgiving dinner without sweet potatoes? Whether you like them with marshmallows, baked whole, or whipped, they are a staple for your Friendsgiving feast.

This recipe is a luscious, delicious way to enjoy these healthy spuds. They are whipped with cream, butter, cinnamon, and other seasonings and are creamy, savory, and oh-so-good. 

4. Corn Pudding

Corn pudding is the masterful mashup of whole kernel corn, cream corn, and cornbread. This savory side dish whips up in 45 minutes and is a tasty delight. A scrumptious side dish that is sure to wow your friends and complement your Friendsgiving feast.

5. Cranberry JELLO Salad

Cranberry sauce is a quintessential side dish at every Thanksgiving dinner but doesn’t always get eaten. So, to mix things up, we make this fun cranberry JELLO salad instead.

It’s refreshing, tasty, and an all-around favorite. Skip the canned cranberry sauce and make this fabulous side dish instead. Your friends will thank you. 

6. Baked Stuffing

Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without stuffing. Baking is a wonderful way to make a lot of stuffing and not add cooking time to your turkey. With all the classic flavors of a Thanksgiving meal, this stuffing hits all the right notes. It’s savory, moist, and a delicious delight.

The best part is it’s ready for your Friendsgiving feast in under an hour! 

7. Green Bean Casserole

The green bean casserole is a classic Thanksgiving dish. Easy to make for any novice cook, this recipe is simple and a toothsome treat. Green beans, cream of mushroom soup, seasonings, and crispy fried onions combine for a truly sublime dish. This is one of those recipes that is so good you will make it all the time, not just for the holidays. 

8. Mashed Potatoes

Creamy, luscious, mashed potatoes are a must-have with a Friendsgiving feast. This classic Thanksgiving dish is the perfect vehicle to soak up the delicious gravy or to enjoy with melted butter. It’s a mouthwatering side dish that can’t be missed. Follow this recipe for perfect mashed potatoes every time. 

9. Holiday Brussels Sprouts

While turkey gets all the attention during the holidays, I’m here for the sides. Thanksgiving dinner is an enjoyable feast, so the more sides, the better. Brussel sprouts are cooked with bacon, pecans, and cranberries.

This creates a vibrant, delicious addition to your holiday table. Your Friendsgiving feast will be taken to the next level with this sophisticated dish. 

10. Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board is an elevated, elegant array of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and jams. This recipe is easy and fun to make. The charcuterie board is a great gateway into your Friendsgiving feast. Full of vibrant colors, tasty flavors, and a show-stopping presentation make this the perfect starter for your holiday soiree.

11. Cranberry Jalapeno Dip

Kick things up a notch and get your holiday party started with this insanely delicious dip. Cranberries, jalapenos, onion, cilantro, and seasoning combine with cream cheese for an out-of-this-world flavor explosion. This is an appetizer you can make ahead of time and have ready when your guests arrive. 

12. Homemade Mac And Cheese

Mac and cheese have become a trendy dish over the last couple of decades and dare I say, a classic Thanksgiving dish now too. Trust me when I say your Friendsgiving feast wouldn’t be complete without it. It’s creamy, ooey-gooey goodness. This homemade mac and cheese is easy to make and whips up in an hour. 

13. Spinach Casserole

This spinach casserole is a much tastier version of creamed spinach. It has a lot of wonderful flavors, is simple to make, and is a classic Thanksgiving dish. This is one of those side dishes you definitely want to have with your Thanksgiving dinner. It has a little spice, is creamy, cheesy, and absolutely amazing! 

14. Spinach Dip

Knorr spinach dip is always a party pleaser. Easy to make, it’s ready in 10 minutes. Frozen spinach is thawed and mixed with mayonnaise, sour cream, onion, water chestnuts, and Knorr seasoning mix. This is a pleasing dish to start your Friendsgiving feast with. 

15. Pumpkin Dip

Get your Friendsgiving feast started with this delectable, delightful dish. This mouthwatering mashup of pumpkin, cream cheese, powdered sugar, spice, and cool whip will wow your friends.

It takes 10 minutes to make and can double as a dessert dip if you like. It’s as if pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheesecake had a baby and made this crazy good pumpkin dip. 

16. Mini Pumpkin Pies

Mini pecan pies are a fun treat to serve at your Friendsgiving feast. This classic Thanksgiving dinner dessert is made into individual pies, so each guest gets their own. This is great for smaller parties when you don’t want a whole pie. Pecan pie is a sweet, crunchy delightful dessert. 

17. Biscuits

Knock your friends’ socks off by making your own biscuits for your Friendsgiving feast this year. Easy to make with only 3 ingredients, any novice baker can make these. They are flaky, buttery, and perfectly delicious. A classic Thanksgiving dinner accompaniment, they are a must-have.

18. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

Bacon makes everything taste better. These bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are a savory, mouthwatering appetizer. The most requested appetizer at my house, these won’t disappoint.

Water chestnuts are wrapped in bacon, baked, then drenched in a delicious brown sugar glaze. They are a tasty bite-sized appetizer that will get your Friendsgiving feast started. 

19. Apple Pie

Besides turkey, apple pie has to be the most classic Thanksgiving dish. Your Friendsgiving feast would not be complete without this sweet, tart, and all-American dessert.

This luscious pie is a favorite for a reason, it’s just so darn good. This recipe is simple to follow and yields the best apple pie. Even if you’ve never made an apple pie before, you can make this one and be the star of your Thanksgiving dinner. 

20. Crockpot Apple Cider

Friendsgiving feasts aren’t complete without beverages. This isn’t your average apple cider. Crockpot apple cider is a fun and tasty beverage to enjoy. You can make it with or without the brandy. Throw it together before you start cooking and a few hours later this delectable drink is ready to devour. 

21. Deviled Eggs

A classic Thanksgiving dish is deviled eggs. They are always on the table at our house and are a tasty addition to your appetizer table. This simple recipe takes 20 minutes to make and is always a hit. This party favorite is flavorful, fun, and the perfect appetizer.

22. Turkey Gravy

Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without turkey gravy. Making the gravy ahead of time means you have more time to enjoy yourself with your friends and not in the kitchen.

Turkey gravy is a savory, mouthwatering, and divine creation. Perfect for topping your stuffing, mashed potatoes, and turkey. This classic Thanksgiving dish is one you don’t want to miss.

23. Fall Salad

Lighten up your thanksgiving dinner with this heavenly fall salad. Full of flavor and texture, it’s the perfect addition to your Friendsgiving feast. Spinach, crunchy pecans, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and apples combine in this fresh, fabulous salad. A homemade maple Dijon vinaigrette dresses the salad adding to the depth of divine flavors.

24. Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin pie bars are a favorite alternative to a traditional pumpkin pie. You still have all the same great flavors but in a bar. A shortbread crust is topped with a seasoned pumpkin pie filling and baked. These pumpkin bars are bursting with sublime flavors and are the perfect ending to a Friendsgiving feast.

25. Thanksgiving Punch

Thanksgiving punch is a glorious blend of apple cider, caramel syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. This is a tasty beverage to wash down all of the fabulous Friendsgiving feast flavors. It has the best fall flavors in one delicious drink. 

What will you be serving at your next Friendsgiving?

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Cornbread, spinach dip, cranberry dip, and stuffing.
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Friendsgiving Food Ideas

By Heather
These friendsgiving food ideas will help you prepare for your gathering. From easy turkey breast, amazing sides, appetizers, desserts, and this simple fall punch.
Prep: 5 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 bottles ginger beer
  • 2 apples sliced
  • 1 pear sliced
  • sprinkle cinnamon


  • Add ice to a pitcher. Add in sliced apples and pears.
  • Pour in apple cider and ginger beer.
  • When ready to serve, pour over glass filled with ice and sprinkle with cinnamon.


Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 702mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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