Let's get planning for the Thanksgiving feast. But, it is much harder to find more traditional dishes for smaller celebrations than a large one. This is for you whether you are cooking for one, two, or even 3-4 people. Let's fix that with my suggestions to "cook small" for the holiday with small-batch recipes.
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While I love Thanksgiving, the amount of work can be overwhelming. So, let's get our plan started. First, how many dinners and leftovers do you want?
And second, how much time and energy do you have? Some super planners out there will pull everything off from scratch. I'm not there; honestly, I don't want to be. I have X amount of time and energy and will put it where it does most good.
🦃Smaller Main Courses—Turkey and More
We usually start with a turkey breast, not the whole bird. And you can do two if you need more. Check out this variety of possibilities.
🍠Small-batch side dishes
Side dishes make the meal. Every family has its traditions, so here are ours. This recipe group is either smaller already or has instructions for making it smaller. And I add one larger recipe that my family insists upon.
This delicious salad is already as small as it will go (8 servings) without significant waste
🍞Small-batch bread recipes
I do love great bread. Here are some easy homemade choices—except the Julia Child's bread, but it is worth the work.
Full-size bread recipes
Larger recipes but worth making.
We must have something sweet to finish the feast. Here are some easy treats.
Full-size dessert recipes
If you need to take a dish to a larger gathering, I have included these larger recipes that are easier than they look.
It's time to get into the holiday spirit and give some love to those you care about.
When I was still practicing medicine, I saw several kids with food poisoning—primarily minor after every major holiday. After only a few questions, the cause was almost always apparent and preventable with little care.
Don't forget the dogs.
Are you feeling like a bit of holiday shopping early? Check out the new Holiday Shopping section in THE SHOP.
Have a great Thanksgiving from
Wifo, Molly, Lilly, and DrDan
Editor's Note: Originally Published November 17, 2016. Updated yearly with current recommendations and discussion.