Make A Splash At Friendsgiving This Year With These Easy-To-Make Latino Dishes
Many of us will not be going home for Thanksgiving this year for a number of reasons. Maybe you just started a new job and can’t get the time off. It might just be too expensive to make the trip. Whatever reason keeps you from going home, there is still hope and it comes in the form of Friendsgiving. The holiday really boils down to food, friends and fun conversations as we get ready for the end of the year.
This year, we’ve come up with ways that you can be the most celebrated human at Friendsgiving. It’ll just take a little preparation and cooking but you will not be taking Takis again this year.
One of the easiest ways to score big is to bring some coquito.
You might be thinking that this is really a Christmas drink and you wouldn’t technically be wrong. However, why keep this delicious Puerto Rican eggnog limited to just one month and one holiday? It is not as heavy as American eggnog and will make everyone at the party all the merrier.
Arroz is going to be the staple everyone forgets about.
Rice is as important to a large dinner as the cutlery. Plus, it isn’t something most people outside of Latino culture think about when they think about Thanksgiving. It will be as unexpected and well received as you might imagine.
Cuban beans made proper.
All beans are good and created deliciously, but there’s just something about Cuban beans. The time, love, dedication and spices needed to get this dish just right is something to be admired. You’ll definitely stand out if you show up with this scrumptious dish.
Picadillo is the crown jewel.
If someone is already bringing rice to Friendsgiving, this is a good bet. Bring the flavor and the meat to top that rice with. If you really want to be impressive, make a vegan take on the dish and surprise all of the vegetarians who never get remembered on this day.
Pupusas in lieu of utensils.
Pupusas are meant to be eaten with your hands so make sure someone brings some napkins. You can use the curtido and salsa for the pupusa. Just don’t get offended if some people use it to eat their rice and beans.
Tostones are always a crowd pleaser.
These savory fried bites of heaven are so simple and so loved by everyone who eats them they you have to consider bringing them. The best part is that the dip you make for it is just a chopped yellow onion in olive oil. It’s just that easy.
Be the person that brings the green.
Speaking of health, salads can be a nice and unexpected addition to any Thanksgiving. If you’re here for the pressure of bringing a bomb salad that people will love, try this vegan Caesar salad by @vegancuts. Trust, you’ll be appreciated.
Taquitos in bulk because that’s how we do.
If your Friendsgiving is happening the weekend after family Thanksgiving, use the leftover sweet potatoes (and everything else) to stuff in these babies. They will definitely do the trick.
Stuffed Canoas are the easiest, cheapest option for excited consumption.
I mean, it really doesn’t get easier. Ask your mami to make you some picadillo and then stuff a bunch of platanos and roast in the oven.
Just a couple gallons of queso.
There is never a wrong time, or way, to eat cheese. It’s Friendsgiving so you should expect to eat way too much and enjoy a confusing array of food. Adding a little bit of queso dip to the plate will make it all so much better.
Or you can make some homemade salsa picante.
This is a more intensive endeavor if you make it right, but you’re reading this to become the MVP, pues, dale. Put in the work and be glorified until the next Friendsgiving.
If you’re displaced from home, bring the taste of home with pan de bono.
It’s the pan that I only ever eat when I’m home in Miami, but if a friend brought these fresh baked I’d kiss them on the mouth. So, beware.
Give these delectable croquetas a chance to shine.
Panadería? What panadería? Croquetas are pretty easy to make, believe it or not. There are so many variations that you can find online to make sure you make the best version for your friends.
Guava pastelitos will crush the competition.
I know about a thousand ways to make these the lazy way, with straight up Pilsbury pastry dough and guava paste, but if you have more time and resources you can try making the dough from scratch.
Churros con chocolate or café.
Pack your Café Bustelo and whip up some churros to be the main star post dinner. There isn’t a Latino alive who doesn’t have a little cafecito after a feast to keep the party going.
Stuff that cornbread.
We’re not making weak cornbread from a box okay? But you are getting a can of creamed corn and self rising corn flour. We’re not that domestic okay. Combine with a couple eggs and your favorite meats, cheese, chives and onion. Bake in a cast iron and reheat at the party. This is truly a show stopper.
Yucca is a must for any kind of pot luck gathering.
You can use them to make all sorts of dishes. Puree them to make them look like a better version of mashed potatoes. It is a root so you can treat them like any other root veggie.
Or make some unforgettable Yucca fries.
Only you know your audience. Maybe fried food is not appropriate for your friends or it might be the thing they need most. Use these yuccas as needed. Easy and beloved.
Dessert must: arroz con leche.
Use any milk you choose to make this dish. If you have some lactose intolerant amigos joining the party, you might want to skip the regular milk and use any of the many alternatives to make this dish everything for everyone.
And, of course, flan.
The bottom line is that whoever goes home with an empty plate is the winner. We hope this helps you be that person.