An Exceptional, Explorational Friendsgiving

Since so many of us kept the gatherings tiny in 2020, this year, we’re making up for lost time, so we can make lots of new, cherished holiday memories with friends and family. Sure, the traditional Thanksgiving spread is awesome. But there’s no law that says you have to make the same exact recipes year after year. Why not infuse a little inspiration into the holiday menu, and throw a Friendsgiving potluck? It’s the perfect excuse to bring some inspiring new flavors and taste experiences to the table. Encourage each guest to get adventurous and bring their favorite revamped classic Thanksgiving food for everyone to try.

Adventurous Thanksgiving Recipe Inspo

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

Fall-ify your mac & cheese by adding pumpkin—the result is a rich, creamy and cheesy staple with a crispy breadcrumb topping.

Appricot Glazed Cornish Game Hens

Roasted with a glaze made from apricot preserves, orange juice and soy sauce, these individually-portioned birds make any holiday meal an unforgettable occasion.

Kaddo Pumpkin Bourani

Kaddo Bourani is a classic Afghan dish involving baked sweet squash topped with creamy yogurt that makes a great addition to the Thanksgiving spread. Serve warm as a side, or as a cold appetizer with pita bread.

Maple Ancho-Roasted Delicata

Sweetness, heat, and smoke are perfectly balanced in this simple-yet-surprising autumnal side dish. The squash is roasted at high heat to achieve beautiful caramelization that provides even more depth of flavor.

Cornbread Stuffing

Whether you call it stuffing (cooked stuffed in your turkey) or dressing (cooked separately), this cornbread-centric side is pretty much universally loved. Make it classic or give it a twist with any of our suggested tweaks.

Cranberry Ginger Fizz Punch

Bring the magic and the spice (and a little booze) to any celebration. It’s a showstopper served in a large punch bowl, but it can also be made in a pitcher or individual glasses.

Holiday Cheeseboard

Now that charcuterie has taken the internet by storm, crafting a beautiful cheeseboard presentation is basically guaranteed to bring you new friends and admirers (or loads of compliments from your existing ones.) We’ve done the hard part for you, creating this adventurous, perfectly balanced and slightly whimsical spread for you to style.


Harbison Mini from Jasper Hill Farm—a spreadable, woodsy and sweet soft-ripened cheese with a rustic, bloomy rind. And what a presentation! It’s wrapped in spruce bark, so it’s got that  rustic-but-elegant holiday flair.

Whatcom Blue from Twin Sisters Creamery—an aged, full-bodied and creamy raw milk blue with a rich, savory flavor profile.

Emmi Le Crémeux— a semi-soft, cave-aged cheese with a custard-like consistency and a caramelized butter flavor on the front and hearty finish.


Smoking Goose Dodge City Salame—a slow cured pork salame with fennel pollen and pink peppercorns that brings new thinking to a charcuterie board staple.


Divina Caramelized Onion Jam—a deeply savory and somehow also delightfully sweet partner for all the above.

Our Own Blood Orange Cranberry Sauce—a topping so good, it seems unfair to limit it to turkey.

Equal Exchange Organic Roasted Hazelnuts—these hearty little flavor bombs bring crunch and earthy complexity to your perfectly curated cheeseboard.

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