Friendsgiving. It’s almost just as important as Thanksgiving. There are many reasons that you and your friends could decide to host a Friendsgiving. Perhaps you all live far from family and want to gather to celebrate the holiday. Or perhaps you’re just looking for an excuse to have a second Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones. Because two turkey dinners is better than one. While Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with family, we think it only makes sense to celebrate the holiday of thanks with your closest friends, too. This could be the week leading up to Thanksgiving – this way you can test all of your recipes before the big day! All you need is a Butterball Turkey, a few side dishes, and a fun dessert. We’re recommending a Southern Pecan Pie with Toffee Crunch because it’s easy to make and will end the meal on a perfectly sweet note.
When you first start planning your Friendsgiving, be sure to download the Butterball Cookbook Plus app (it’s free!). The app will help you plan a Thanksgiving dinner that will impress all your friends, with recipes so simple you’ll have plenty of time hanging with friends – which is what Friendsgiving is all about! You can either spend the day cooking or you can tell your friends how to download the app and ask them to each bring a dish, too.
I’ve never made a pecan pie before, but after whipping up the Southern Pecan Pie with Toffee Crunch (recipe below), I have a feeling this will be a go-to dessert during the holidays for me. It was incredibly simple, but came out of the oven looking like I spent hours on it. All you have to do is place a premade pie crust in a pie pan, mix all of the ingredients together, pour them in the crust, and bake. I love that though pecan pie is a Thanksgiving tradition, the addition of the toffee crunch gives it a modern and fun touch. A few other recipes that would be great for this occasion are this delicious Greek Style Turkey Breast and our Peas with Turkey Bacon and Onions.
Besides the turkey, sides, and a delectable dessert, you won’t want to forget one other key to a fabulous Friendsgiving… the wine. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi is the perfect choice because they have a variety that is sure to please everyone at your Friendsgiving table, with everything from Chardonnay to Malbec to Pinot Grigio to Cabernet Sauvignon.
It’s always a good idea to get a selection of red and white wines to make sure all of your friends are happy. We especially recommend Woodbridge’s Pinot Noir for the perfect companion to turkey and stuffing. Because Pinot Noirs often have earthy and fruity undertones, they complement fall flavors well and taking a sip after a forkful of turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings will put you right into Thanksgiving heaven.
In terms of white wines, because Sauvignon Blanc is often crisp and tart with citrus flavors, it is delicious with turkey and mashed potatoes. Not to mention, a lighter wine may be just what you need when you’re eating a filling Thanksgiving dinner!
While everyone remembers to bake the pies and to sit down for dessert at Friendsgiving dinner, wine at dessert time is often overlooked. Moscato is a sweet Italian wine that is perfect for serving alongside a slice of Southern Pecan Pie with Toffee Crunch. It will end the evening on a super sweet note and your guests will all leave incredibly happy!
Worried you won’t have enough wine at your holiday gathering? Take the number of friends you’re inviting to your Friendsgiving and multiply it by the number of hours you think the party will last. That’s the number of servings you’ll need. Since there are five servings in a 750 ml bottle of wine, you’ll divide that number by five to determine the number of 750 ml bottles you’ll need to purchase. If you know your friends’ favorite kinds of wine, you’ll be able to best determine whether to buy more reds or whites. If you don’t, we recommend getting a selection of each! This year, if you buy a bottle of Woodbridge Wine, you’ll get $2 or $3 off your Butterball Turkey.
Good friends, delicious food, and the perfect amount of wine. After just one Friendsgiving, you’ll see why you’ll want to make it a tradition over and over again!
Southern Pecan Pie with Toffee Crunch Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Makes: 8 servings
-1 refrigerated pie pastry (from 15 ounce package)
-1 ¼ cups dark corn syrup
-4 eggs, lightly beaten
-1 ½ cups pecans, halved
-¼ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
-2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
-1 cup toffee pieces, divided
-1 tablespoon flour
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll pastry into a 12-inch circle on lightly floured surface. Fit into 9-inch pie plate. Fold edge under and flute edge.
2. Combine corn syrup, eggs, pecans, butter and vanilla in a medium bowl. Toss 2/3 cup of toffee pieces with flour and stir into pecan mixture. Pour entire mixture into pie pastry.
3. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove pie from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Immediately sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup of toffee pieces over the top. Cool completely before serving.
Tips and Ideas:
-Garnish each slice with unsweetened whipped cream and a sprinkle of additional toffee pieces.