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The BEST Easy Friendsgiving Menu


posted: 11/10/15

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Friendsgiving (Friends + Thanksgiving = Friendsgiving) is my favorite holiday, but since everyone in our life has littles, it HAS to be easy. Check out this AMAZING and EASY Friendsgiving Menu! I’m so happy to be partnering with my friends at Jennie-O to bring you this fantastic bird and menu!

Friendsgiving (Friends + Thanksgiving = Friendsgiving) is my favorite holiday, but since everyone in our life has littles, it HAS to be easy. Check out this AMAZING and EASY Friendsgiving Menu!


Do you and your friends celebrate Friendsgiving? We have been celebrating it annually with our friends Cathy and Jorden and their kiddos for the last six years. It is seriously my favorite holiday. I mean, good friends are the family that you get to pick.  And since I have the smarts to pick friends who are foodies like me (maybe even bigger foodies), the menu always has to be top notch.

BUT! We have littles. We have lots and lots of littles. Between Cathy and I, we have seven (SEVEN) kids. Seven kids nine and under. You guys. That’s a lot of littles.

So the menu has to be easy. Like WAY easy.

The start of that easy menu is Jennie-O’s Oven Ready Turkey. If you are scared of making a turkey, this bird is for you. You don’t even have to touch it before you are putting it in your mouth!


It comes completely frozen, and then you just take it out of the outer bag,


put some holes in the inner bag,


pull the bag away from the turkey, pop it in the oven, and put your feet up.


Or make some of these amazingly easy sides. Most of these can either be made ahead of time or they take so little effort that they barely count. So perfect for your Friendsgiving table!

Cranberry Brie Braid  This looks like you slaved over it, but honestly, it is three ingredients and you can prep it in about five minutes. It’s the perfect way to start Friendsgiving!

Cranberry Brie Braid

Make Ahead Stuffing  This is my favorite stuffing recipe, and you can make it the night before and just stick it in the oven the next day!

Make Ahead Stuffing

Crock Pot Persimmon Cranberry Sauce  If you’ve never had a persimmon before, this is your recipe to try one! They are delicious, and pair perfectly with cranberries. Plus. Crock pot. Right?

Crock Pot Persimmon Cranberry Sauce

Italian Mashed Potatoes  Fact: These mashed potatoes were made with the innards of these potato skins . . . about four days after I made the potato skins. And they rocked my socks off.

Italian Mashed Potatoes

Toasted Coconut Green Beans These are one of my favorite sides! Light, easy, and only FOUR ingredients!

Toasted Coconut Green Beans

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine What Friendsgiving would be complete without a specialty cocktail? Make it be this! Prep the ingredients ahead of time and then enjoy every last drop. But double the recipe.

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups  Finally, you need an easy no bake recipe that you can make ahead of time and just pull out once the turkey has settled in the tummies. This will be your perfect last bites to squeeze in there!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups

Make sure you follow Jennie-O on InstagramTwitter, and Pinterest and check out their site for great ways to use your left over Oven Ready Turkey!

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Amy @Very Culinary says

    Our friends host a Friendsgiving every year, with like 50 people. She sets up a huge craft space with activities for the kids, and they convert their garage for the adults. It exhausts me just thinking about it. Your version sounds much for doable, but just as delicious. Love your menu!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    First, I can’t tell you how jealous I am that I am not at your Friendsgiving. Second: I want one of everything on this list!

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says

    I SO want to be a part of your Friendsgiving! Everything on this list sounds AMAZING!! Can’t wait to try it all – pinned!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Taylor!! I wish you could be at my Friendsgiving too! It’s a BLAST!

  4. Carolyn says

    Everything on this Friendsgiving menu looks amaze-balls!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Thanks Carolyn!

  5. Deborah says

    I am all for easy, and it doesn’t get easier than this!! And now I’m wishing I was hosting a friendsgiving!

  6. Karly says

    That turkey looks perfect and I love the menu you put together!

  7. tanya says

    I love this menu! The fact that it’s easy just means you have more time to spend with friends!

  8. sue|theviewfromgreatisland says

    Fabulous post — and that cranberry persimmon sauce is calling my name :)

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