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Thanksgiving For Two Recipes

Is Thanksgiving looking a little different for you this year? For many of us, it certainly is. If you're going to be enjoying a small Thanksgiving meal with perhaps just you and your significant other or a roommate, you can still create a festive Thanksgiving dinner for two with traditional single serving and small batch recipes.

With these single serving and small batch 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?

The Turkey

When you think of a Thanksgiving menu, you most likely think about cooking a turkey. Since you are cooking for only two, 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 two.

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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 soupchicken salad or chicken pot pie.

If you don’t have your heart set on turkey, you could roast a Cornish hen (see last recipe).

The Sides

To me, side dishes are the highlight of Thanksgiving meals. From a traditional sweet potato casserole to mashed potatoes and dressing to everything in between, we've got personal-sized recipes galore.

The Desserts

Last but certainly not least are desserts. Pecan pie, apple pie, and of course, pumpkin pie. We have you covered.

Now the fun part! Scroll down to see all the recipes and select that perfect Thanksgiving menu for both of you.

Main Dish

Easy Roast Turkey Breast

Easy turkey breast recipe showing how to cook a juicy herb-crusted turkey breast. No basting necessary for this turkey recipe. A turkey breast is perfect for serving one or two people, it’s easier to make and less expensive than roasting a whole turkey.
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Roast Turkey Breast Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

Juicy Turkey Cutlets For One

This turkey cutlets recipe is so easy! Perfectly seasoned turkey cutlets are cooked in one pan along with onions and garlic and served with a flavorful pan gravy. A wonderful single serving meal that can be ready in minutes.
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Turkey Cutlets Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

Herb Crusted Turkey Roast

Tender and juicy turkey roast with white and dark meat. Easier to make than a whole turkey and a great turkey recipe for a small gathering.
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Herb Crusted Turkey Roast | One Dish Kitchen

Roasted Cornish Hen and Vegetables For One

Tender and juicy Roasted Cornish Hen Recipe For One, the perfect size if you're cooking for one. Perfectly seasoned and so easy to cook.
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Roasted Cornish Hen For One | One Dish Kitchen

Side Dishes

Smashed Potatoes - A Small Batch Recipe

This smashed potatoes recipe might just become your new way to enjoy potatoes. These oven roasted potatoes are crispy on the outside, creamy inside, cheesy, and filled with flavor. Quick and easy to make too!
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garlic smashed potatoes | one dish kitchen

Sausage Dressing For One

This dressing recipe is the perfect one to use when planning your Thanksgiving meal or any meal! Soft sourdough bread is flavored with sausage, sage, onions, and toasted nuts.
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thanksgiving dressing | one dish kitchen

Cranberry Sauce For One

Easy to make Cranberry Sauce recipe for one. This simple, classic Thanksgiving side dish is made with only 4 ingredients! It's fresh tasting and absolutely delicious.
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cranberry sauce | one dish kitchen

Sweet Potato Casserole For One

This classic single serving Sweet Potato Casserole recipe can be made using cooked or canned sweet potatoes. Filled with spices, pecans, lightly sweetened with brown sugar and topped with marshmallows, this traditional sweet potato casserole is the perfect size for one!
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Sweet Potato Casserole with toasted marshmellows in a white ramekin

Rice Pilaf For One

Rice pilaf is a wonderful side dish that is so easy to make. See just how using these simple steps with just a few flavorful ingredients can transform a side dish of rice. Made with broth, onions, garlic, and butter, this wonderful rice pilaf can be ready in minutes!
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Rice Pilaf For One | One Dish Kitchen

Roasted Carrots For One

This is the best roasted carrots recipe and makes the perfect amount if you're cooking for one. Two carrots seasoned simply with olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper then oven roasted to perfection and tossed with melted butter. The perfect side dish to any meal.
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carrots in a dish with napkins and raw carrots | One Dish Kitchen

Desserts

Apple Pie For One

A classic recipe for Homemade Apple Pie made with a flaky crust and one sweet juicy apple. This single serving apple pie recipe provides you with a scrumptious dessert without leftovers!
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Apple Pie For One | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Pralines

This authentic Southern pralines recipe is made using pecans, sugar, butter, milk, and vanilla. Rich, creamy, and so easy to make!
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a small batch of pralines on a dish.

Pumpkin Pie For One

Pumpkin Pie For One - All the wonderful flavors and ingredients you'll find in a traditional pumpkin pie recipe can be found in this perfectly rich and smooth single serving pumpkin pie!  
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Pumpkin Pie For One | www.onedishkitchen.com

Sweet Potato Pie For One

Sweet Potato Pie For One - This popular Southern dessert starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and is filled with perfectly spiced sweet potato custard. Top this tasty pie with a spoonful of maple whipped cream and you've got an amazing single serving dessert.
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Sweet Potato Pie For One | One Dish Kitchen

Pecan Pie For One

This Single Serving Pecan Pie has all the flavors you love in a pecan pie. This single serving dessert is made with a buttery shortbread crust and a rich, pecan filled filling.
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Finished Pecan Pie shown in a baking dish

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does Tradition Matter?

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
* Pork Tenderloin
Baked Stuffed Fish
Pumpkin Soup

What Are Some Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes I Can Make?

Many of the side dish recipes we have listed are vegetarian. You might also like to consider any of these recipes too:
Vegetarian Chili
Chickpea Curry
Mini Eggplant Parmesan


Expert Tips

  • 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.
  • Bring out the nice linens and use the good plates. You are special and worth it!

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