Friendsgiving for Foodies

It’s that time of year again – the time when you bust out your baking mitts, fix up your favorite fall dish, grab a reasonably priced bottle of wine (or sparkling cider) and gather with your friends for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration! If you’re in need of some foodie inspiration, look no further. We’ve got an entire collection of recipes, guides and helpful tips to help you achieve your most festive Friendsgiving yet.

Cranberry Brie Cheese

Cheesy Appetizers

Whether you’re hosting Friendsgiving or attending as a guest, show off your charcuterie skills by creating a beautiful cheese board. You friends will love snacking on perfectly paired cheese and wine or their own personalized jarcuterie. Use this guide to learn how to make the perfect cheese match. If you’re in charge of appetizers, Honey Brie Bites or White Wine Swiss Cheese Fondue are both easy crowd pleasers or wow your guest with an elevated Fig and Butter Board, topped with crumbled blue cheese. Make sure to shop local! Find out where to buy Ohio-made cheese in your area, or simplify your life by ordering a pre-made charcuterie board or build-your-own kit.

Cinnamon Maple Greek Yogurt Squash Casserole

Exceptional Sides

At Friendsgiving dinner, everyone knows the sides are the stars of the show! Cinnamon Maple Squash Casserole and Smoky Pumpkin Mac and Cheese are unique fall favorites that your foodie friends are sure to love. There’s no better combo than cauliflower and cheese. Try healthy Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole or indulge in Mashed Cauliflower Casserole with Cheese and Bacon. Did you perfect your bread-baking game last year? Homemade Bread with Honey is sweet and tender – no sourdough starter necessary. Serve it with a side of Herb Infused Butter. And don’t forget the potatoes — White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes are soft, creamy and baked to perfection.

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Delicious Desserts

Whether you’re over the trend or still obsessed, pumpkin always owns a seat at the Friendsgiving table. Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars are a simple and aesthetically-pleasing take on traditional cheesecake, and Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake Bites will satisfy your taste buds with a little caffeine kick. Take the more traditional route by putting together a Chai Pumpkin Cheesecake or Chocolate Pudding Pie. If you’re looking for a unique sweet treat, Brown Sugar Pecan Cupcakes and Maple Walnut Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting are unconventional desserts packed with classic autumnal flavors.

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