What’s Friendsgiving you ask? If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the stress-free version of Thanksgiving where you and your gang gathering around the table and giving thanks. So really, it’s all the food and drink, and none of the fuss of turkey day.
Pulling off a lei’d-back spread means finding ways to keep your guests picking and nibbling—along with circulating in the room. And like the best kind of tailgate—it should be as easy as Thanksgiving pie.
For starters, try your hand at sugared pecans, a fall staple, with simple spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, complemented by an indulgent volume of butter. And you can’t go wrong with a meat and cheese plate piled high with mini sliders for “Cheeseburger in Paradise” fans, of course.
The main attraction isn’t all that hard. Skip the traditional turkey and go with a sweet-and-savory pineapple-glazed ham that hits all the right notes. Easy to make, easy to eat, and easy to pick at as the night goes on. And if you’re looking for a little more inspiration pick up “Lulu’s Kitchen: A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life” penned by none other than Lucy Buffett herself, because we’ve never heard anyone say no to garlic cheese grits.
For dessert, kick up a basic rum cake recipe by swapping out the dried fruit with tropical fruit for a taste of the Caribbean.
Raise a Toast
Want to extend your bar beyond a Landshark Lager? Keep things easy and create a signature cocktail. Try a spin on a rum punch and mix up some orange and pineapple juice with amaretto and Southern Comfort as the pièce de résistance. That’s sure to warm everyone up.
From Cards Against Humanity to Superfright, a well-stocked game closet is a Friendsgiving must. But if you’d like to try something new, host a swap and ask everyone to bring an interesting six-pack of beer so you can send everyone home with a mixed pack. And keep that limbo stick at the ready for late night!