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Seven Ultimate Dishes to Bring to a Friendsgiving

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By: Andrea Lynn
Seven Ultimate Dishes to Bring to a Friendsgiving

Thanksgiving is what you make of it, even when the celebration is a circle of close friends instead of family. With the host responsible for the turkey and dressing, let everyone else spice it up with sides. The dishes need to travel well and ideally can be served at room-temperature or easily warmed up. Here are seven recipes—all featuring Spice Islands® spices—that make for the ultimate Friendsgiving companions.

Autumn Butternut and Kale Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Roast the maple syrup-glazed butternut squash and onions in advance for this kale salad, and even slice the greens and prepare the maple vinaigrette ahead of time. Place in separate containers to travel and assemble the salad right before serving.

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Butter

Roast the sweet potatoes the day before Thanksgiving, let cool, and store in a gallon-size zip-top bag. Prepare and chill the spiced butter while the sweet potatoes are roasting. The commute to your destination will allow the butter time to soften and then warm the sweet potatoes in the microwave prior to serving.

Mulled Cranberry Spiced Wine

Tell the host that you have the day's specialty beverage covered for them, as long as you can borrow their slow cooker. Bring all the ingredients for this mulled wine, combining in the slow cooker to simmer for 2 hours. The guests and host will thank you.

Curried Cranberries

Make these Curried Cranberries a day or two before the Thanksgiving holiday. Transport in an airtight container and serve cold or at room temperature during the meal.

Green Bean Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Easier to pull off and to transport than a green bean casserole, this green bean and potato salad is just as delicious. Simply prepare the potatoes, green beans, and mustard vinaigrette beforehand, packaging each item into its own container. Right before the meal, assemble together. The salad can be served chilled or at roomtemperature.

Smoked White Cheddar and Thyme Biscuits

Everyone will fight over these cheesy biscuits, which can be prepared and stored days in advance for the big dinner.

Herb Whipped Potatoes

Think you can't make mashed or whipped potatoes in advance of eating? It's possible with a little trick involved. Prepare a recipe like these Herb Whipped Potatoes, folding in two beaten eggs right at the end. Let cool and refrigerate until needed. Right before serving, bake in a 350° oven until warm. The eggs will make the mashed potatoes fluffy and light, with no one the wiser that they were made in advance.

All of these dishes are quick to assemble and easy to transport, giving you plenty of delicious reasons to plan a Friendsgiving extravaganza this year.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.


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