Friendsgiving is a whole different beast from your family’s Thanksgiving. You’re tight on kitchen space, you don’t want to break the bank on a $90 locally sourced turkey, and instead of worrying about who’s going to pick up Grandma from the nursing home, you’re nervous about your drunk friends sleeping through the dinner all together. However, Friendsgiving is still a sacred meal that only comes around once a year; no one should settle for that stuffing in a box. To guide you through this cherished holiday, here are 5 of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes for a fool-proof menu that will still impress.
Buttery Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes
These silky, 4-ingredient mashed potatoes get their bright color and subtle sweetness from the addition of canned pumpkin puree. Make these no-fuss potatoes a few days in advance or assign them to your most kitchen-incompetent friend on the day of the party (it would take some real skill to mess this recipe up).
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Wilted Swiss Chard with Warm Piccata Vinaigrette
Every Thanksgiving meal needs the obligatory green thing, right? So why not make it incredibly delicious and ready in minutes? This super-easy swiss chard dish is inspired by classic chicken picatta and is flavored with garlic, lemon juice and tangy capers.