It’s not enough that we feast on turkey and pie only once a year. Two weeks ago I started craving the rich creaminess of pumpkin pie in a buttery crust and cozy mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. With Thanksgiving still two and a half weeks away, there was only one way for me to feast without family: Friends-giving!
A factor of my generation, Friends-giving is a gathering of your best friends who come together to create a Thanksgiving meal, potluck style. The host/hostess is responsible for cooking the turkey, while everyone else provides the sides. For those who are cooking-challenged, wine is also a Friends-giving necessity.
If you’re going to a Friends-giving and don’t know what to bring, I recommend Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole. You can easily be the best guest there if you bring it in Campbell’s commemorative casserole dish, which you can then leave behind as a gift for the host/hostess.
As my room-mate and I were the hostesses for this year’s Friends-giving, I was worried about producing a turkey that wouldn’t fall prey to some of the most common turkey blunders. I feared that my turkey would resemble something out of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and be drier than a bag of sawdust. Thankfully, using a simple recipe, my turkey came out better than I could have hoped! (Note: Using a spreadable butter makes it infinitely easier to cover all parts of the turkey in butter)
Unlike the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, spent talking with relatives you see only a few times a year, because of the informal atmosphere of Friends-giving, comfortable pants with an elastic waistband are completely appropriate for gorging oneself. If however, the dress code is slightly more upscale, don’t forget to have the guest of honor equally dressed to match. Using pie crust, it is possible to form a tuxedo on top of the turkey, causing the guests to rave about more than just the perfectly brown skin.