What to Make, Buy or Bring for This Year’s Friendsgiving Dinner

It’s that time of year again, folks! The holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to get yourself fully prepared. Whether you’re hosting or attending a Friendsgiving dinner this year, the name of the game is “easy” and “efficient.” To help make this season of holiday dinners run seamlessly, we’ve broken down the process into three categories: make, buy or bring. Ahead, our top picks for each.

slow cooker turkey breast recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

What To Make: Slow-cooker Turkey Breast With Orange And Herbs

If you are hosting, chances are you’re in charge of the turkey—which also means it’s your job to stress over whether or not it will be dry. Well, lucky for you, this is a cause we really believe in, so we created a slow-cooker version that makes dry meat all but impossible. That’s because it doesn’t require basting, rotating or creating fort-like tinfoil tents. You (and your oven) will thank us later.

cranberry brie skillet nachos recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

What To Make: Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts And Brie Skillet Nachos

We’ll give you a moment to wrap your head around this delicious creation. These impressive skillet nachos can be served as an appetizer or side dish. Roasted sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts are combined with creamy Brie, white cheddar cheese and some dollops of cranberry sauce. Your guests will love this dish and it takes only 40 minutes from start to finish.

gooseberry cheesecake sara lee
Photo: Andrew Zeiter/Styling: Kaitlyn Wayne

What To Buy: Sara Lee Classic Cheesecake

Our favorite holiday trick? Convenient desserts amplified by easy-to-find ingredients. That’s right, you can leave the baking to the pros but take all the credit. We recommend starting with a clean (and delicious) canvas like Sara Lee Classic Cheesecake, which pairs well with almost any sort of topping. Try using seasonal ingredients like gooseberries (see above), cranberries or pomegranates to bring out the flavors of the holiday. See? A crowd-pleasing dessert without the hassle (or dirty baking sheets).

fruitcuterie board
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

What To Buy: Fruicuterie Board

We love an old-fashioned charcuterie board, but in an effort to truly wow everyone at the table, put together a fruicuterie board. There’s zero cooking involved and the only prep you’ll need to do is buy the fruit and cheese, peel and dice accordingly and assemble everything together on a tray. It’s that simple and it will leave a lasting impression. 

stuffing muffins recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

What To Bring: Stuffing Muffins

OK, so here’s what to make when you’re invited to dinner and not hosting. You’ll want a recipe that’s easy to prepare and even easier to transport. Enter stuffing muffins. It’s everyone’s favorite side dish but in cute little individual portions. You should go ahead and make a double batch because we guarantee everyone will want seconds.

red wine cranberry sauce recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

What To Bring: 5-ingredient Red-wine Cranberry Sauce

People have a lot of thoughts when it comes to cranberry sauce: They like it. They don’t like it. They prefer canned over homemade. They only want a little taste. They pour it over everything. If you’re attending dinner at a friend’s home, bring this five-ingredient red-wine cranberry sauce. Because whether you eat it or not, this is one food that cannot be missing from the table. This version takes just 20 minutes to make and has the addition of not only red wine but also fresh cinnamon and orange zest. In short: It’s real good.


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