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Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and if you live far away from family, you might want to consider having a “Friendsgiving” celebration with people you know. To save anyone from preparing the whole meal by themself, a Friendsgiving potluck can be an ideal format. Read on below for four great Friendsgiving potluck ideas.
Buffalo mac ‘n cheese
For an exciting twist on a classic, try this buffalo chicken mac ‘n cheese. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and greasing a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Melt two tablespoons of butter over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan, then stir in two tablespoons of flour for five minutes or until the mixture is a light golden brown. Reduce the heat and pour in a cup and a half of milk, whisking constantly until thickened.
Remove the pot from heat and add two cups of shredded cheddar cheese, one cup of salt, and four and a half cups of cooked macaroni. Move half of the mixture into your skillet, followed by a cup of cheddar cheese, the rest of the mixture, and another cup of cheddar cheese. In a separate bowl, mix four cups of shredded chicken with half a cup of buffalo sauce, then spoon this on top of the mac ‘n cheese. Finally, bake the whole mixture for 30 to 35 minutes.
Sweet potato casserole
Sweet potatoes are a common Thanksgiving dish, and you can spice up your usual potatoes by baking a sweet potato casserole dessert. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and greasing a 9×12-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, mix 4 ½ cups of mashed cooked sweet potatoes, one cup of sugar, half a cup of melted butter, ⅓ cup of milk, two eggs, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Spread the mixture into your greased baking dish.
Next, mix a cup of brown sugar and half a cup of flour in a separate bowl, then cut in ⅓ cup of butter until the mixture forms crumbles. Stir in a cup of chopped pecans, then sprinkle this mixture over the sweet potatoes. Bake the dish in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown.
Quick spinach artichoke dip
For a quick Friendsgiving appetizer if you don’t have much time to prepare, try making a quick spinach artichoke dip. Start by heating your oven to 350 degrees and greasing a nine-inch pie plate or quiche dish. In a bowl, mix one 14-ounce can of chopped artichoke hearts, one 10-ounce package of thawed frozen chopped spinach, one cup of alfredo sauce, one cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, ⅓ cup of grated parmesan cheese, and four cloves of garlic.
Make sure all the ingredients are mixed together well, then spoon the mixture into your greased dish. Bake the dish in the oven for 20 minutes or until it’s lightly browned on top.
If you’re tasked with bringing the drinks for this year’s Friendsgiving festivities, try making this Thanksgiving punch. Start with a jar or other container big enough to hold two gallons of the drink, and add in two cups of apple cider. Whisk in a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, then add another 14 cups of apple cider. Next, add 48 ounces of your favorite ginger ale.
Add in one green and one red apple each sliced thin, a navel orange sliced thin, a cup of frozen cranberries, and five cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate the drink for two to four hours, then serve cold in glasses garnished with cinnamon.