Thanksgiving celebrations with the fam are something we look forward to all year long. There is something incredibly comforting and nostalgic about digging into the same ol’ turkey and over-the-top sweet potato casseroles from when we were kids. Sadly, not all of us live close to home anymore, and most of us save our trips home for the December holidays. In an effort to feel the warm spirit of Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving (as in, having Thanksgiving with your friends) has become a trend and we’re *so* grateful. These 19 Friendsgiving recipes will give you mad inspo whether you’re trying to be hip and mix things up, keep it classic or a little bit of both.

Pumpkin Cauliflower Mac and Cheese Friendsgiving Recipe

1. Pumpkin Cauliflower Mac and Cheese: Thanksgiving is the poster holiday for comfort food, and mac and cheese is the poster dish for comfort food. But for some reason, homemade mac isn’t a regular on the TG menu. This needs to change, and a pumpkin cauliflower mac is OBVI the way to go this holiday season. (via Spicy Ice Cream)

Crockpot Turkey Breast Friendsgiving Recipe

2. Crockpot Turkey Breast: Okay, #realtalk for a second: cooking a Thanksgiving bird can be intimidating, y’all. So if this is your first time hosting, or if your proverbial plate is *really* full, throw a turkey breast in the slow cooker. You’ll get a tender and mouth-watering turkey without the stress. (via Chelsea’s Messy Apron)

Wasabi Honey Roasted Carrots Friendsgiving Recipe

3. Wasabi Honey Roasted Carrots: It took a lot of nagging and persuading for us to eat our carrots as kids. Maybe mom should have seasoned them better, amirite? Now *you* can. These bad boys give you something a little sweet with a punch of heat, and you only need four ingredients. (via Girl Adulting)

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing Friendsgiving Recipe

4. Slow Cooker Cranberry Pecan Stuffing: Despite the fact that the turkey is the centerpiece of a holiday dinner, let’s not lie — it’s ALL about the stuffing. And for those who prefer to not stuff their bird, this slow cooker version is a *huge* time saver. Just set it and forget it. (via Damn Delicious)

Homemade Brown and Serve Rolls Friendsgiving Recipe

5. Homemade Brown and Serve Rolls: Hey, nice buns! If you want to set yourself up in advance, you can make these beauties ahead of time and freeze them. On the day of, thaw them and bake for 7-10 minutes; you get bragging rights about making homemade rolls, and you didn’t even sweat it. (via I Heart Eating)

Homemade Turkey Gravy Friendsgiving Recipe

6. Homemade Turkey Gravy: Piling your plate high with turkey and all the fixings is OH-SO satisfying — but without the thick drizzle of gravy on top, it’s incomplete. Ditch the gravy packets, because this gravy uses turkey drippings to get its drool-worthy flavor. (via What’s Gaby Cooking?)

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies Friendsgiving Recipe

7. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cookies: Baking a fresh pie before guests arrive — ain’t nobody got time for that. These cookies are a mouthful of sweet and salty goodness along with that classic apple pie flavor you pine for all year long. (via Yummy Addiction)

Easy Gluten-Free Cornbread Friendsgiving Recipe

8. Easy Gluten-Free Cornbread: This pillowy cornbread is where it’s at. Baked in a cast iron skillet, this treat can be prepped, baked and ready in 30 minutes. This recipe is also adaptable, so you can up your game by mixing in dried cranberries, herbs or frozen corn for extra corniness. (via Wicked Spatula)

Brown Rice and Sweet Potato Salad Friendsgiving Recipe

9. Brown Rice and Sweet Potato Salad: This salad is the ideal fall side dish and it’s perfect for your holiday spread. Every holiday needs a dose of nutrition to balance out all of those heavy carbs and gravy, and this is it. Your friends just *might* forgo the mashed potatoes for more of this good stuff. (via Healthy Seasonal Recipes)

Herb Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast Friendsgiving Recipe

10. Herb Roasted Boneless Turkey Breast: Sometimes simple is better, and if you can get tantalizing turkey out of two ingredients and some fresh herbs, we’ll chalk that up to being amazing. Despite this being a no-fuss recipe, this bird comes out like a gourmet meal. (via 24 Carrot Kitchen)


11. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon: Brussels sprouts — people either love ’em or hate ’em. We’d like to think that if you fall into the latter category, it’s because you haven’t had them cooked properly, because these little guys are AH-MAZING. Especially when roasted, and *especially* with bacon. (via I’d Rather Be a Chef)


12. Homemade Cranberry Sauce: If you don’t feel like serving can-shaped cranberry jelly this year, awesome. We’ve got you covered. This slow cooker cranberry sauce simmers for hours and makes your home smell amazing and, in the end, you get to slather it all over your eats. YUM! (via Little Spice Jar)


13. Super Easy Vanilla Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole: Let’s swap the sweet potato casserole baked with a thick canopy of sugary marshmallows for this sophisticated spin. This recipe brings the classic casserole to a whole new level with some vanilla, crunchy pecans and tart cranberries. (via With Salt and Wit)


14. Maple Dijon Roasted Butternut Squash: If you grew up on boring squash dishes, we’re sorry. This tender and buttery roasted squash will make up for it. It’s got a little bit of sweet with a wee bit of spiciness, and it pairs amazingly with all of your other holiday fixings. (via Flavour and Savour)


15. Caramelized Onion Gravy: One of our fave things to do is debunk the idea that vegetarians miss out on Thanksgiving. This thick and savory onion gravy is a perfect example of how much folks on a plant-based diet *don’t* feel neglected. Actually, they feel quite victorious. (via Oh My Veggies)


16. Classic Pumpkin Pie: We can appreciate that people want to be innovative and create unique pumpkin pie recipes these days, but some of us just want the REAL DEAL. If you’re keeping it classic with dessert this year, this recipe is exactly what you’re looking for. (via Foodness Gracious)


17. Autumn Kale Salad With Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli and Brown Rice: When it comes to holiday dinners, our eating habits seem pretty universal — we don’t eat until we’re full, we eat until we hate ourselves. Ugh! This is what happens when you’re faced with too many gravy-slathered carb-filled goodies. This nutritious kale salad will help us feel better about it, though. (via Gimme Some Oven)


18. Za’atar Crusted Cauliflower Steaks: If you’re looking to show off your veg game and prove that healthy can be *just* as delicious as the not-so-healthy, save this recipe now. These crusted cauli-steaks are jam-packed with flavor and really easy to throw together. (via The Lemon Bowl)


19. Savory Sweet Potato Casserole With Chili: Ditch the sugar and marshmallows — this savory sweet potato casserole is the best thing since sliced bread. Smothered in gruyere or parm and sprinkled with chili powder and smoked paprika, you’ll never look back. This is how sweet potatoes were meant to be enjoyed. (via Natural Comfort Kitchen)

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