Dining solo this Thanksgiving or are you preparing for a Thanksgiving meal on a smaller scale? You will love these wonderful single serving and small batch Thanksgiving dinner menu ideas. These "Thanksgiving for one" recipe ideas include recipes for turkey, dressing, side dishes, and desserts. Perfect for one or two. Your complete Thanksgiving menu!
Whether by choice or by circumstance, enjoying a Thanksgiving meal without a crowd can indeed be a blessing to be thankful for. No special Thanksgiving menu to think about, no spirited talk of politics, just a peaceful meal.
If you're used to sharing Thanksgiving with extended family and friends, this year might look a little different. This is actually the perfect time to create a new menu, make new memories and start new traditions. With these single serving and small batch Thanksgiving recipes, you can create your own menu by picking and choosing a few recipes listed below or make them all - after all, there's nothing better than Thanksgiving leftovers, right?
Why These Recipes Work
- They're all single serving recipes so you won't have too many leftovers to deal with.
- If you're celebrating Thanksgiving with a small group, you might find these recipes to be perfect amount for your gathering.
- Each of these recipes are easy to make and don't require fancy ingredients.
When you think of a Thanksgiving menu, you most likely think about cooking a turkey. If you're cooking for one, you won't want to cook a whole turkey. Instead, consider cooking a turkey breast or turkey cutlets. Both will yield the perfect amount for one (or possibly two).
You might also want to consider making a turkey roast. This will leave you with some leftover turkey which would be perfect to use in sandwiches or to use in place of chicken in chicken soup, chicken salad or chicken pot pie.
The key to a wonderful Thanksgiving meal are often the side dishes. Don't worry, we've got you covered here too.
From a traditional sweet potato casserole to mashed potatoes and dressing to everything in between, we've got personal sized recipes galore.
Last but certainly not least are Thanksgiving desserts. Perhaps the most important part of all Thanksgiving recipes - we're sharing single serving pecan pie, apple pie, and of course, pumpkin pie.
So you see, you can still enjoy the turkey and all the trimmings in single serving sizes. So scroll down to see the entire Thanksgiving dinner menu with all of our single serving recipes.
From the turkey to the dessert, we’ve got you covered.
Here are the Thanksgiving for One Recipe categories (click to go to category):
Thanksgiving Dinner For One Recipes
Frequently Asked Questions
A Thanksgiving meal usually includes the traditional turkey dinner but if you're not a fan of turkey or if you simply want to change things up, consider making any of these non-traditional meals which would be absolutely delicious options:
* Chicken Caprese
* Baked Stuffed Fish
* Pumpkin Soup
- Plan your menu as soon as you can. This way you can gather the ingredients you need for the recipes you make early and not have to search for items that may be out of stock at the store.
- Read through the recipes you'd like to make to determine which ones can be made ahead of time so that you are not cooking everything all at once.
- If you're cooking for just you this year, bring out the nice linens and use the good plates. You are special and worth it!
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