What We Love: Friendsgiving Potluck Dishes

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A note from Maggie

I love Friendsgiving / Thanksgiving /The-Best-Holiday-Ever because it’s one day I KNOW I’ll get to spend with my friends and family. This year is going to be particularly crazy (the very next week the Eat Boutique Holiday Market begins!), which is why I’ll treasure it even more. The wonderful thing about the Holiday Market, however, is the chance to spend some time with you. I so hope you’ll come visit (maybe at the Kick-Off Happy Hour with Oysters or during Joy the Baker’s Workshop – we’ll be eating donut holes and making gift wrap and it’s my dream morning) and say hello!

Friendsgiving is a combination of all the things I love most. It’s all the warm and happy bits of Thanksgiving, minus the pressure of whipping up a whole meal, plus the company of your people. I like it so much I make it happen even if I’m celebrating actual Thanksgiving Day with my family.

Perhaps the nicest part of Friendsgiving is that the potluck set-up of dinner means most everything is prepared beforehand. Apero hour is long, dinner is lingered over, and there are few dishes to scour, leaving plenty of time to pop open a few extra bottles of wine, and sample a few desserts (always assign lots of people to dessert!).

On Friendsgiving, everything is a food gift. Here’s what I’ll be making!

Friendsgiving Potluck Dishes // eatboutique.com

Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites: They’re tangy, creamy, and melt in your mouth flaky. The best part is they can be made far in advance, and reheat perfectly. {from Well Plated by Erin}

Cider Rum Punch: Start a memorable Friendsgiving with a carafe of this thyme infused concoction! {from Verses From My Kitchen}

Roasted Butternut Squash Dip: Bring along some fresh cut veggies or homemade crackers and watch it disappear. {from Cafe Johnsonia}

Friendsgiving Potluck Dishes // eatboutique.com

Massaged Kale Salad with Apple and Pecans: Assemble your ingredients beforehand and throw this refreshing side together right before you sit down – it’s easier than pie. {from A Couple Cooks}

Rosemary Corn Muffins: Cornbread but cuter, and begging to be smothered in butter. {from The Wheatless Kitchen}

Rainbow Beet and Turnip Gratin: Keep this dish covered while you reheat it, and then watch people’s jaws drop when you slide it on the table. {from Kitchen Konfidence}

Friendsgiving Potluck Dishes // eatboutique.com

Maple Caramel Ice Cream with Salted Chocolate Popcorn Topping:
It’s also dairy free, so everyone can enjoy it. {from The Artful Desperado}

Pear and Cranberry Upside Down Cake: almost too pretty to eat. Key word: almost. Make the morning of and it’ll be just right when dessert rolls around. {from Eat Boutique}

Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares: perfectly portioned, great for a crowd, and pure essence of Pumpkin Pie. Plus they’re super easy to transport! {from Live Eat Run}

Photos courtesy of Well Plated by Erin, A Couple Cooks, and The Artful Desperado. Lead image taken and styled by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio.

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