15 Best Side Dishes for Sandwiches


Thanksgiving is all about family, but if you don’t have family nearby, Friendsgiving is the way to go!

This variation of the traditional party only became popular among millennials in the early 2010s, and we’re glad it’s doing so well now!

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Friendship Day is an opportunity for you and your friends to celebrate and give thanks in your own way. Plus, it’s an excuse to enjoy even more delicious food!

For the best friendship day dishes and desserts, read on!

1. Turkey breast in slow cooker

Let’s face it, a whole turkey looks great on the table, but it’s also a lot of work! If you want something less maintenance, this slow-cooker turkey breast is much easier and more delicious!

The slow-cooker turkey breast will be the star of friendship, so it needs to be perfect. Fortunately, this recipe is easy and almost impossible to fail!


The result is a very tender and moist turkey, richly coated with a butter and pepper sauce.

For the juiciest, tastiest turkey breast, use turkey with bone and leave the skin off!


2. Chicken pie

Want to save the turkey for Thanksgiving with your family? Try the chicken pot pie for friendship day! It’s a festive and family-style dish worthy of being the centerpiece of friends’ table.


What I like best about this recipe is that the crust is perfectly buttery and flaky. I know the crust can be intimidating and dries out easily….. but not this one!

It turned out super delicious and matched the rich, creamy chicken filling perfectly.

When I made this for my last friendship day, no one thought about the turkey. This chicken pie is so good!

3. Macaroni and pumpkin cheese

Yes, you read that right. Macaroni and cheese with pumpkin! Before you miss it, listen to me.

Many of us tend to overeat on Thanksgiving. That’s understandable!


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But if you want a low-calorie, low-fat alternative to your favorite mac and cheese, at least for Friendsgiving, then pumpkin mac and cheese is your new side dish!

Regular mac and cheese uses a lot of heavy cream. For this recipe, use pumpkin puree.

It adds a delicious note to your cheese sauce, and you don’t even have to feel guilty about it.

Would you believe there are only six ingredients used in this healthy macaroni and cheese substitute?



4. Sweet Potato Stew

Sweet potato casserole is sure to put everyone in a friendly mood. It’s usually considered a side dish, but for me and my friends, it’s sweet enough to be a dessert.

A delicious dessert!

This sweet potato dessert is deliciously creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. I even like to add nuts, like pecans or chopped nuts, for texture and flavor.


For an even creamier sweet potato casserole, use evaporated milk instead of regular milk. If you really want to get into the autumn mood, sprinkle some cinnamon on top!

5. Classic topping recipe

While it’s fun to adapt traditional Thanksgiving dishes a bit, you’ll also want a few classics at Friendsgiving.

What’s more classic than a joke? Not much.

This stuffing recipe is a must for friendship day. It has just the right combination of crunch and sweetness with the bread, onions, celery, butter and fresh herbs. You can use baguette, sourdough bread or sandwich bread.

Let the bread cubes dry on the counter for 1-2 days or roast them in the oven.


This court will disappear, FAST. You can’t go wrong with a classic filling!

6. Mashed potatoes

Ah, the potatoes. King on all sides! When it comes to mashed potatoes, you want your Friendsgiving mashed potatoes to be silky smooth with lots of butter.

Here’s a little tip if you want your potatoes to be soft and not taste like potatoes: never overcook them! Cooking time varies depending on the type and size of potato, so keep an eye on them.

Once they are soft enough to prick with a fork, the potatoes are ready!

When it comes to pureeing, you’re going to need some help. Luckily it’s Friendsgiving, and you have the whole gang to help you out!


7. turkey gravy

If you’re celebrating Friendsgiving after Thanksgiving, turkey gravy is a great addition to your meal, especially if you pair it with a simmering turkey breast.

Don’t forget to preserve the juices of the turkey. From there you need 15 minutes and 5 other ingredients: unsalted butter, all-purpose flour, thyme, parsley, a little salt and pepper.

You want the sauce to be smooth, so strain the juices!

You don’t even have to add it to your turkey meal. It’s also great for roast chicken or fried chicken!

8. Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is another Thanksgiving classic that you can incorporate into Friendsgiving. Seriously, this recipe is so delicious you’ll happily eat it two weeks in a row!


I consider turkey and cranberry sauce the older, cooler cousins of chicken and lemon. It’s a match made in heaven!

This recipe makes my favorite cranberry sauce even more awesome. And it’s so easy, you’ll look like a pro if you make it in 15 minutes. It’s always best to use fresh cranberries if you can, but frozen ones work too!

This recipe is also very versatile and you can add other ingredients to suit your taste. Try adding orange zest, raisins or blueberries!

9. Hard-boiled eggs

Want a simple dish that is not only delicious, but also looks good enough to impress? Make those stuffed eggs on friendship day!


Keep it simple with classic peppers and chives or go crazy with avocado, bacon, cheese or even a light sauce!

Make your own stuffed eggs in three easy steps. Open the boiled eggs and remove the yolk. Mix the egg yolks with the yogurt, lemon juice, mustard, garlic and a little salt and pepper, and use a cookie scoop or a piping bag to add the mixture to the egg whites.

Don’t forget to take pictures for the gram!

10. Reception rolls

Friendship is not complete without delicious carbs! I have the perfect recipe for you! These homemade rolls are so soft and deliciously buttery, they’re a must for Friendship Day dinner.


Don’t worry if you’re not an expert baker, this recipe is beginner friendly and only requires 7 ingredients.

They will be as soft as pillows when you take them out of the oven, you’d think someone’s mom helped in the kitchen!

Remember that the dough needs to rise for 3 hours, so prepare it in advance. Trust me, it’s worth the wait.


11. Corn pudding

Corn pudding is one of those dishes that warms my heart, especially when it’s creamy and fluffy and contains lots of corn pieces! Serve this corn pudding at a gathering and your friends will want to grab the recipe!


For this you need a lot of eggs and a little cornstarch. These two ingredients give the corn pudding a creamy, custard-like texture you can’t get enough of!

Serve the creamy corn pudding warm or cold.


12. Honey glazed carrots

This glazed carrot is the perfect side dish for friendship. They are easy to prepare and you won’t feel guilty about eating dessert later!


These honey glazed carrots are reliable, even for someone who doesn’t cook often!

Once the carrots are cooked and ready, add them to the pan with the oil, honey and lemon juice and cook quickly for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, garnish with parsley and it’s ready!

13. Pumpkin soup

Whether it’s Thanksgiving or friends day, you’ll want to put something with pumpkin on the table! This pumpkin soup is warm and savory and the perfect way to start a meal.

This is one of my favorite soup recipes. Not only does it have a rich, nutty roasted pumpkin flavor, but it’s also dairy free!


The original recipe uses coconut milk, which adds an extra layer of flavor. You can also make it vegan by using maple syrup instead of honey.

Don’t forget to top off your rich, creamy pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds!

14. Cinnamon rolls

Here’s another one of those autumn tunes: Snickerdoodles… with cinnamon! This is my favorite sugar cookie recipe and it never fails. Take them out of the oven when the dessert is ready and your snickerdoodles will run out quickly.

When it comes to cookies, I want them to be warm, crunchy and chewy. That’s exactly what you get with this recipe, in less than 30 minutes! The secret to these delicious snickerdoodles is the tartar.

It adds a little stickiness and makes your cookies even softer.


These snickerdoodles are also very easy to make, so you can ask the kids to help you!


15. Pumpkin roll

On Friendship Day, I like to eat dessert. A sweet way to end a meal is with this decadent pumpkin bread.

Anything with pumpkin spice in it is good for my taste, and this pie is no exception. This recipe uses both pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, so it won’t lack for fall flavor.


The cake is also perfectly moist, but firm enough to be comfortably covered with a cream cheese frosting.

The recipe calls for a good dose of powdered sugar, but you can also add ground cinnamon. It’s gonna taste great!


16. Pumpkin pie

No matter how much turkey I have, I always have room for a good old fashioned pumpkin pie! For Friendsgiving, serve a classic, creamy pumpkin pie that you made with love at home.


This recipe will remind you of the traditional pumpkin pie you ate as a kid! It’s a perfect combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, with the softest, creamiest texture that pairs perfectly with the buttery, flaky crust.

One bite and you and your friends will be thinking about this pumpkin pie until Christmas!


17. Apple pie

If you had too much pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, serve apple pie for Friendship Day! Soft, sweet apples in a warm, golden crust like grandma used to make, this is a recipe you’ll make again and again.


If you’re cutting apples for an apple pie, here’s a little tip I like to follow: Instead of cutting them into quarters or slices, try cutting them very thin, about 1/8 inch.

This will make them nice and soft and give your apple pie a more decadent flavor.

And since it’s friendsgiving, why not treat yourself to a piece of apple pie and vanilla ice cream? A great way to end a meal!


18. Peach dish

Peaches are a summer fruit, but if they’re so delicious, why not enjoy them on Friendship Day in the fall?


This peach pie recipe from singer and celebrity chef Patti LaBelle will be the star of your dessert table. If you can’t find fresh peaches in your area, you can also use canned peach slices.

Not many bakers? Prepare your peach pie with a prepared pie crust. The secret to this delicious dessert is the peach filling with cinnamon and nutmeg!

Autumnal vibes? Checked!

If you’re in a hurry, you can also make a delicious peach pie with a cake mix. Only 4 ingredients!





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