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11 Recipes For Your College Friendsgiving That Are Easy & Impressive

Casse-roll up to your bestie’s with some delicious eats.

by Tessa Harvey and Rachel Chapman
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Nestled right in between Halloween and the holidays is one of the most underrated months of the year: November. Not only are there the post-spooky season candy sales to enjoy, but there’s also Thanksgiving, and then, of course, there's Friendsgiving. What's not to love about getting together with your best friends and stuffing yourselves with all the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie you can handle? Of course, a Friendsgiving meal is a little harder to pull off in reality, especially when you’re trying to host a Turkey Day meal in a college dorm. Luckily, these college Friendsgiving recipes make it so easy to whip up a delicious but stress-free meal with your dorm besties.

Just the thought of trying to come up with some fancy dish to bring to Friendsgiving may make your palms sweat, but if there’s one think TikTok has taught us, it’s that impressive cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. Just like all the other delicious yet effortless recipes we discovered on the FYP, it's totally possible to make easy recipes for Friendsgiving that still taste amazing. So, starting right now, it’s time to get past your fear of cooking and into the kitchen, just in time for your college Friendsgiving celebration.

When you show up with one (or more, if you're feeling ambitious) of these Friendsgiving recipes, you’re going to have to convince your besties that yes, you did make it all by yourself. This November, shake things up a little and impress the pants off your entire college squad — but expect them to want you to cook for every gathering from here on out, as well. It's the curse of the good cook.

Everything's Better With Bacon

Everyone who's anyone knows you can't go wrong with bacon or stuffing, and this bacon-cornbread stuffing from Everyday Food offers the best of both worlds. You can always swap it out for some turkey or vegan bacon if that's your thing.

Just know that with a little effort, you'll be the one who's bringing home the bacon during your college Friendsgiving. Which, in this case, is your squad's eternal admiration and gratitude for your newfound cooking skills.

The Most Decadent Thanksgiving Side Dish There Ever Was

Let's talk about how underrated mashed potatoes are. Every year, people look forward to Thanksgiving food, but your creamy potatoes rarely get their due. The spotlight's all on sweet potatoes, turkey and gravy, and the cranberry sauce, even if it comes straight from the can. It’s time to advocate for mashed potato awareness — and for you to jump on it and make this easy but undeniably delicious side dish for your friends. This four-ingredient mashed potatoes just requires cream, salt, and butter.

A Twist On A Dinnertime Staple

If you and your friend squad like your food on the sweet and garlicky side, these honey garlic butter roasted carrots from Cafe Delites are the way to go for a couple reasons. Not only do they promise to taste just as good as they look, but they’ll also prove you’re definitely adulting. If you want to make a cheesy version, these parmesan roasted carrots from Yummly will be a crowd favorite. Just make sure to snap a pic for the ‘Gram before digging in.

Be The Most Extra Friend In Your Crew

Take your Friendsgiving to the next level by rolling up with the bougiest of cheese plates: this cornucopia-shaped charcuterie board. Not only will it be the centerpiece of your appetizer spread, but it’ll also look great when you snap a picture of your whole Thanksgiving feast. If you don’t have an oven to make the bread, roll up these salami cornucopias to go on a traditional cheese board for your friends to share.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dessert

There’s no denying pumpkin pie is basically the king of all autumnal meals. It's the front runner, the band lead, whatever. If you're gonna make it, you've got to make sure you get it right. Luckily, this pumpkin pie recipe from Preppy Kitchen will get you there with a “crisp butter crust, a rich smooth filling, and all your favorite fall spices.” Get ready to meet your signature dish to serve with homemade whipped cream.

You Can't Go Wrong With Marshmallows

Bring on the marshmallow deliciousness with this cheugy yet delicious dish — sweet potatoes with marshmallows. While it’s reminiscent of something your great aunt might bring to Thanksgiving, this Friendsgiving staple will add some welcome sweetness to your Turkey Day feast. Plus, what’s not to love about a topping made from roasted marshmallows? You could even use some leftover marshmallows to make a s’mores-like pumpkin pie.

Test Out Your Air Fryer

If you're still not convinced you can make the leap and cook any of the above, don't panic. This recipe for air fryer sweet potato fries is specifically for anyone who recently discovered the popular kitchen gadget. For a more traditional dish, you could also just make roasted sweet potatoes in your air fryer as well.

Upgrade Your Veggie Side

Not everyone may be down with veggies, but this green bean casserole takes vegetables to a whole new level. Plus, it couldn’t be easier to make. Just stir in some creamy soups, green beans, top with crispy fried onions, and voila. Add in some seasoned beef for a hamburger green bean casserole, and you’re sure to impress your friends.

Make A Slow Cooker Dessert With This Easy Apple Crisp

Call up your mom and borrow her slow cooker for this ridiculously easy apple crisp recipe. You only need a few ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep time. Once you pour everything into the slow cooker, set it and forget it until it’s time to bring it with you to Friendsgiving dinner. If apples aren’t your thing, peaches are a great substitute for a slow cooker cobbler.

Celebrate With Rachel’s Trifle From Friends

Friends has some iconic Thanksgiving episodes that you and your friends may have a tradition of watching each year. To celebrate your fave TV show, make Rachel’s iconic trifle, but instead of beef, add in crumbled up brownies like TikToker @ha.mdah. For a fall-flavored trifle, you can make this caramel apple one as well.

Spice Up Your Cinnamon Rolls

A super easy dish to bring to your Friendsgiving that will also make sure the night ends on a sweet note are cinnamon rolls. But, don’t just bring regular rolls — bring pumpkin ones. Following TikToker @jennaseats tutorial, wrap your cinnamon rolls in string so they come out looking like mini pumpkins. Use either ready-to-bake rolls or make them from scratch with this Yummly recipe.

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