Cheat on your main with some bangin’ sides
Regular Thanksgiving is meant for regular Thanksgiving side dishes. You got your delish (but boring) mashed potatoes, your roasted brussels sprouts or asparagus, blah, blah, yawn. Friendsgiving is cooler than that, so pull out all the stops when it comes to the sides and try one of these game-changers.
Fried Mashed Potato Gravy Bombs: You might never want to eat plain mashed potatoes again for as long as you live. Overnight, freeze some gravy in ice cube trays. Then the next day, all it takes is 35 minutes. Cut the gravy into smaller pieces, cover them fully in mashed potatoes, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, then bread and fry them. Full directions here.
Bacon and Butternut Squash Risotto: Making something in a slow cooker is foolproof. Making something with bacon guarantees you’ll make everyone’s favorite dish. This recipe uses chicken broth, bacon or pancetta, butternut squash, rice, and a few other ingredients for flavor and richness. After you sear the main components in a skillet, it’s basically just two hours in the slow cooker. Full directions here.