How To Do Friendsgiving Right—A List Of Local Recipes To Bring To The Table
Celebrating for all the right reasons? And not the ones that displaced millions of Native Americans? If you’re not coming together with family over a warmly-cooked turkey and cranberries straight from the can—a friendsgiving is in order.
For those who’ve never celebrated a friendsgiving—it’s when either you’re without family for the holiday or you decide to go home for Christmas over Thanksgiving. Whatever the case may be, a friendsgiving is the perfect time to challenge the status quo and bring dinner, table, or atmosphere items to make the feast unconventional while rebelling against the table setting book your Grandmother bought you (this did happen to me.)
To offer you some ideas, we combed our archives, recipes, and asked the readers what they would bring to a friendsgiving. Down to the list, enjoy.
When you’ve run out of options
This is an agreed statement, and you’re not about to do the “out of the can” bullshit. With this, we recommend bringing homemade cranberry sauce with something like a Pork Sisig from 1760.
You don’t even need to buy it because no one is looking to spend $27 on pork sisig. The recipe below will give you an in-depth ‘how-to-make’ without leaving the comforts of your kitchen. So delicious, your Ina would approve. We recommend picking up your ingredients from the Farmer’s Market or better, Grocery Outlet.
‘Tude, Sass, and Brussels Sprouts
Because sometimes your friendsgiving could be with people you don’t inherently like—and that’s fine. But if you plan to possibly enjoy the evening, we suggest a drink (for you, duh.) Below, we have a simple shaken not stirred cocktail by our friends over at Lo-Fi and their Lo-Fi 18th Street Cobbler. Enjoy Vermouth, sparkling lemonade and whatever fruit your heart desires. This one’s a piece of cake.
And to satisfy the brussels sprouts craving, we actually have an oldie but goodie recipe from our friends over at St. Francis Winery. This recipe does require a long cook time for that “off the bone” juiciness but if we’ve learned anything its that patience is not paying $52 for brussels sprouts. So enjoy you frugal friendsgiving-er.
For the gays who aim to impress
Sadly, no recipe in the world can offset the fact that this dinner will be about what bone you’re about to pick first. Well to make sure people are in for a treat when it comes to your looks, get them lubed up with this incredibly boozy Sangria recipe. Made with fresh berries, honey, or CBD honey for those who seek adventure. They won’t even know you’ve attempted to put on a creme eyeshadow for 45 minutes. Promise.
But ultimately, whatever you decide to pursue cooking-wise, just remember that a friendsgiving is the most forgiving type of dinner and whatever you bring should come from the heart and creativity. Not the fussy traditions of Grandma’s cookbook past. We hope you have a safe and well-devoured get together wherever you may lay. From all of us at Bob Cut, happy eating.
// Check out some of our other favorite recipes below. Maybe you’ll use one for your friendsgiving.