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A "Friends"-Themed Friendsgiving Even Chandler Would Love

A potluck menu that honors the FRIENDS who taught us the beauty of this holiday to begin with.

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You know how Thanksgiving with your family is the best and also the worst?

That's why there's Friendsgiving (noun): A traditional holiday meal, including turkey, cooked and consumed in the pleasant company of your buddies rather than your anxiety-producing relatives. But because spending Thanksgiving with your family is, um, special and important, Friendsgiving is typically held on a day that is NOT the fourth Thursday in November.

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First, figure out who will host. (Your friend group's "Monica," obvs.) That person will coordinate the potluck; we've provided dish suggestions below for each type of Friend.

THE ONE WHO WILL ACTUALLY COME EARLY TO HELP:

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A reliable friend who will be there on time should make the appetizer. Chances are this reliable person can also reliably make these cute little deviled eggs, right? A note to the host: Also ask him or her and literally every single person to bring a bottle of wine. Get the Pumpkin Deviled Eggs recipe and see step-by-step photos.

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THE ONE WHO'S INTO COCKTAILS:

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This punch is going to be everyone's favorite part of this (or any) party. If you have a friend who drinks Negronis and has opinions on different brands of bitters (basically, a Paul the Wine Guy), then assign that friend this punch because they'll know exactly where to find good ginger beer and hard cider.

If you're bringing this punch to a potluck, just bring the ingredients and mix it there — but be sure that the host has a punch bowl and a ladle on hand. This one is a little pricey, so you might want to split the cost between two guests or between everyone. Get the Double-Cider Bourbon Punch recipe and see step-by-step photos.

THE ONE WHO JUST WANTS TO WATCH FOOTBALL:

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There are some people who are not very helpful when you host parties (the Joey of your friend group). But that person always shows up hungry and demands to turn on the TV to the channel with the game they want to watch. This person can bring packaged onion dip mix + a tub of sour cream (which you can just stir together) along with some store-bought crudités and a bag of potato chips. And maybe beer. That way there's guaranteed to be some snacks while everyone's potluck dishes reheat.

THE ONE WHO "HAS TO" HOST:

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In any given friend group there's always a Monica — and thank goodness. He or she is usually the one who doesn't mind hosting all the time — and at Friendsgiving, that means making the turkey. Because transporting a cooked turkey doesn’t work. If you're the Monica, keep in mind that you need to start the whole process of buying, thawing (and brining, if you're following our recipe) a few days in advance. And you’ll need some equipment: a 5-gallon bucket for brining, a roasting pan and rack, a meat thermometer, a board to carve it on, and a platter to serve it on. Get the IPA-Brine Roast Turkey recipe, more equipment info, and see step-by-step photos.

THE ONE YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON:

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This dish is going to be the one that everyone NEEDS and LOVES. So you have to assign this dish to someone who will deliver/show up/follow the recipe. Maybe your group's Ross, because you know how he feels about being late. Get the Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole recipe and see step-by-step photos.

THE ONE WHO DOESN'T EAT MEAT:

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This delicious pile of roasted Brussels sprouts with pretty cranberries and crunchy almonds is just the thing for your group's Phoebe to bring, and everyone will ask her or him for the recipe. Get the Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Almonds and Dried Cranberries recipe and see step-by-step photos.

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THE FOODIE:

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There is no character in Friends who fits with this assignment, because "foodie" wasn't a word in the '90s. (And that's one of many reasons it was a superior decade to now.) Give this dish to your friend who's so into food that they might even make their own stock for this stuffing, which would make it even more delicious. If you have a lot of guests coming who don't eat meat, skip the sausage. Get the Whole Wheat Stuffing With Fennel Sausage and Pears recipe and see step-by-step photos.

THE ONE WHO IS A PERFECTIONIST:

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This dish is so incredibly delicious, but it takes some doing because you need to bake the potatoes, let them cool, cut them in half, carefully scoop out the center, blend that center with delicious things, then pipe it back in. If you're bringing it to a potluck, do all of those things, carefully transport the "boats" to the party, then borrow your host's oven for the few minutes it takes to reheat them and toast the marshmallows on top. Get the Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Marshmallows recipe and see step-by-step photos.

THE ONE WHO EATS HEALTHY:

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That friend who's always going to juice bars and getting into new health food trends?They're going to love contributing a kale salad to your Friendsgiving! Get the Kale Salad With Roasted Acorn Squash, Pomegranate and Grapefruit Vinaigrette recipe and see step-by-step photos.

THE ONE WHO KNOWS HOW TO BAKE:

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Even if you've never made a pie before, don't worry — our recipe comes with step-by-step photos so you can do it perfectly and impress the dickens out of everyone. Be sure the host has someone bringing vanilla ice cream or, if you're the pie maker, bring it yourself. Get the Lattice-Top Bourbon-Apple Cider Pie recipe and see step-by-step photos.

THE ONE WHO ONLY SORT OF KNOWS HOW TO BAKE:

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Your friend group's Rachel would probably be a good fit for this, considering they're the kind of person who may or may not have eaten cheesecake off the floor at some point. These don't require much skill, so basically anyone with an interest in baking can make them, but you need a food processor. Get the Mini Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecakes recipe and see step-by-step photos.

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THE ONE WHO REALLY CAN’T COOK:

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There will, of course, be some friends you'd like to have at Friendsgiving who can't cook, have no interest in cooking, and will not discuss it. Ask that person to bring canned cranberry sauce, because that stuff rules.

ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP:

THE ONE WHO ASKS TO BRING A FRIEND: Two bags of ice. This person has to arrive on time. The friend can carry one of the bags!

THE ONE WHO WILL BE VERY LATE: An enormous tub of vanilla ice cream.

THE ONE WHO'S IN FROM OUT OF TOWN: Store-bought rolls or extra paper towels and trash bags.

THE ONE WHO'S A VEGAN: Brownie Pumpkin Pie with a Crunchy Pecan Topping or something else from this list.

THE ONE WHO JUST WENT GLUTEN-FREE: Wild-Rice Pilaf with Cranberries and Pecans or something else from this list.

THE ONE WHO WILL BRING A GROSS FAMILY RECIPE: Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about this. Just gotta let it happen.

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A REHEATING TIMELINE FOR THE HOST:

1.Take the turkey out of the oven and let it rest, tented with foil, so you can make your gravy just before your guests arrive. Cover the gravy with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap onto the surface of the gravy so it doesn't form a skin, and cover with foil.

2. Set the oven to 350 degrees, and have friends reheat the stuffing and the mashed potatoes for 15-20 minutes, then cover with foil to keep warm.

3. Crank the oven up to 400 degrees and ask your friend who brought the Brussels sprouts to reheat them for 10 minutes, then transfer to a serving bowl and cover with foil to keep warm.

3. Carve the turkey.

4. Ask your friend who brought the kale salad to dress the salad.

5. Ask your friend who brought the sweet potatoes to top them with marshmallows and put them in at 400 for 8-12 minutes minutes.

Time to eat!

1. A few days before the party, pick up some carryout containers from a restaurant in your neighborhood.

2. If you are truly a Monica, decorate them with prewritten labels and cute seasonal washi tape.

3. Then create a little station at your Friendsgiving with the containers + plastic spoons + paper towels so people can pack up leftovers for themselves.

Styling by John Gara and Emily Fleischaker

Products: Turkey platter, "Antique White Turkey Platter With Handles" by Williams-Sonoma; brightly colored casserole dishes, CW by CorningWare; vintage casserole dishes by Corningware via Etsy; plates and chargers, vintage dinnerware by Fish's Eddy, Covered Turkey Bowl by Crate and Barrel; set of Turkey Salt and Pepper Shakers by Crate and Barrel; water glasses, Tom Tumblers by Crate and Barrel; wine glasses, Nattie Big Red Wine Glasses by Crate and Barrel; napkins, Array Dinner Napkins Set of 8 by Crate and Barrel; Gravy Boat with Saucer by Crate and Barrel; flatware, Strand Flatware by Crate and Barrel; Egg Platter by Crate and Barrel; punch bowl by Maryland Plastics; yellow frame, Handmade Yellow Peephole Frame as Seen on Monica's Door on Friends TV Show by Cool TV Props; jumbo sunglasses by Fun Express via Amazon; Cake Stand Milk 12" by Fish's Eddy; punch glasses, Eddy Everyday 11-ounce staacking glasses by Crate and Barrel; Wooden salad bowl and wooden salad servers by Whisk NYC; blue teapot by Whisk NYC.

Clothing styled by Julie Gerstein and Peggy Wang; DIY decor by Alanna Okun

Planning to cook one of these recipes?

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