Friendsgiving is such a great way to spend the holidays with your friends when you are visiting family during your time off for the actual holiday.
A potluck style dinner is a great way to relieve the stress of cooking and cost of hosting a full Thanksgiving feast by yourself. Here are a few tips on hosting a successful Friendsgiving:
Preparing the Turkey:
Cooking a Turkey may be the most stressful part of hosting a Thanksgiving feast. A great trick is to take advantage of either a slow cooker for a smaller crowd or considering deep frying the Turkey. Both of these will leave plenty of room in the oven for friends to reheat their side dishes. For an intimate group, you can purchase a turkey breast and throw it in the slow cooker. This will leave you with only white meat, but it will remain extremely moist! I love to mix orange juice and a can of cranberry sauce to cook it in!
Frying the turkey is another great, yet more expensive option. I used the Butterball Indoor XL Turkey Fryer and it was easier than expected! I was extremely nervous at first as I have never fried a turkey and heard horror stories of things catching on fire. With the electric fryer you don’t have to worry about any flame! I set the fryer up in the garage on a tarp (to prevent oil from staining the ground), poured in about 2 - 3 gallons of peanut oil (from Costco) and let it heat up! The turkey cooks in only 3-4 minutes per pound, so I knew I only needed an hour for it to cook. I was EXTRA careful to make sure the turkey was as dry as I could get it before slowly lowering it in, and that was it! The oven was free for use and we had a delicious turkey with the meat falling off the bone! Goodbye Dry Thanksgiving Turkey!