These 5 Recipes Are Perfect For Virtual Friendsgiving

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I have to say, fall is by far my favorite season. Between the colorful leaves, transition to cooler weather, and anticipation for the holidays, there’s something magical about this time of year. 

One of the best parts of November is waking up on Thanksgiving morning to the aroma of savory casserole, turkey, and freshly baked pie, and the knowledge that soon, you’ll be enjoying it all with people you love. Although you may not be traveling to see family this year, who says a virtual Friendsgiving can’t be equally as festive? If you’re looking for easy-to-follow recipes or master classes for Friendsgiving this year, look no further than the Food Network Kitchen app. 

  1. 1. The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

    As someone who grew up in the south, trust me, a good casserole is a must for Friendsgiving. This sweet potato version features a yummy blend of brown sugar and vanilla, soft marshmallows, and a nutty crumb topping. Who doesn’t love a mix of crunchy and creamy?

  2. 2. Roasted Cauliflower  

    I’m all for an easy, quick dish, and this recipe for roasted cauliflower does the trick. Just toss the cauliflower onto a baking sheet with a bit of olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. In about 20 minutes, you’ll have the appetizer or side dish to go with your favorite Thanksgiving treats.

  3. 3. World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey

    If we’re being honest, I have yet to attempt cooking a turkey on my own during my adult life. However, if you feel like braving it this year, look no further than this (truly) simple turkey recipe from Food Network Kitchen. Figuring out the turkey tradition may feel intimidating, but this recipe makes it way less stressful.

  4. 4. Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

    Pumpkin pie filling baked into a spice cake crust? Yes please. Just the name of this mouth-watering recipe has me dreaming of Thanksgiving. It doesn’t require a ton of ingredients, and making the creamy filling will have you feeling like a pro. Don’t be surprised if your friends start asking you to leave a slice on their doorsteps -- a socially distanced way to spread holiday cheer!

  5. 5. Five Thanksgiving Sides in One Sheet Pan 

    If your roommates are joining you for Friendsgiving this year, this recipe may be a fun challenge for you. Combine all of your favorite side dishes in one pan, and you’ll get a delicious combo of sweet biscuits, cranberry sauce, scalloped potatoes, and not one, but two whole casseroles. It takes a fair amount of prep, but just over an hour to cook. How’s that for efficiency?

Check out Food Network Kitchen's schedule of live cooking classes throughout the holiday season to enrich your cooking skills or share a fun activity with your housemates. They have a ton of options to fit every palette, and with a little planning and creativity, your kitchen will be filled with dreamy fall aromas in no time. Let us know how your recipes turn out, and in the meantime, I’ll be baking pumpkin butter cake until the end of time.