Friends-Giving Potluck Party

Posted by on Sunday Nov 13th, 2011 | Print

Back in college, people used to throw Thanksgiving parties the week before everyone left for break. The holiday is decidedly about family. But when you’re young–in college or beyond–your friends are your family, and it just doesn’t seem right to celebrate and be thankful without them. After the big day, back in New York City, we would get together with our group of high school girls to recap our various college lives and share all the leftovers from our individual Thanksgiving dinners. It was a great tradition, one we would look forward to along with our annual grand family dinners.

No matter when you do it–a month before Thanksgiving, or the week after–try hosting your own “friends-giving” potluck party. For this type of event, the turkey is the last thing we care about (although we QLC’s might argue that the sides are always the best part of the meal). Here is a list of some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes that make for perfect portable potluck fare. In this case, the main course is a vegetarian stuffed portobello mushroom, which is a perfect option for the host of the evening, though it can be transported or reheated easier than a turkey. For the rest, we have enough starches, green veggies, and desserts to make your table groan. Have each of yours friends sign up for one of these categories, and the result will be a collection of the most special family dishes in your friends lives, and one heck of a potluck party.

Portobello Mushrooms with Parmesan-Herb Stuffing

Semi-Sweet Potato Mash with Caramelized Onions

Root Vegetable Gratin

Creamed Turnips with Their Greens

Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Pear Almond Tart

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  • Ellen Firestone

    Nice!  It is the same thing when you age and your kids are grown and out of the house and single.  Your friends become family!  But there still is nothing like family!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_556GCAPFOSRKZIPNW4JDXVH7ZI Jackie San

    Love it! There were plenty of these when I was in college but I lived close to home so I always went home for Thanksgiving dinner but I did have a lot of friends that either joined or met up with others to have a potluck. There’s a great list of must have Thanksgiving dishes on SkinnyScoop that would be great recipes to check out for a potluck > http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/SkinnyScoop_Staff/the-thanksgiving-feast-whats-your-must-have-dish

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