Thanksgiving Ideas for Two

November 16, 2020
| Created by Ashley Quadros, MS, RDN, CD

Typically, the Thanksgiving holiday is about going all out. This year may look a bit different, but that doesn’t mean it should be any less festive or fun. If you’re planning a downsized meal this year, consider these ideas:

Go for a Fancy Yet Simple Appetizer

You want to treat yourself but also not slave away in the kitchen all day when cooking for two. These beautiful endive hors d’oeuvres have just six ingredients and will leave you feeling very fancy indeed.

Try a Whole Roasted Chicken

A whole turkey is way too big for a small gathering. Roast a chicken instead to save yourself time and hassle.

Consider Pork Tenderloin

With all those sides vying for oven space, ditch poultry and give your oven a break with this deliciously crisp, pan fried, herbed pork tenderloin by Chef Lesli.  

Try Turkey Breast or Legs

If you have to have turkey, go for thighs or breast or a mix. Roasting turkey pieces is much faster and you’ll be left with a reasonable amount of leftovers.

Keep Sides Easy

Roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta packs a huge punch of flavor using just 5 ingredients. Also with just 5 ingredients, classic mashed potatoes can’t be beat. Simply divide the ingredient amounts by 4 to make fewer servings: 1.25 lb potatoes, 1 stick butter, 1 Tbsp cream, salt and pepper.

Perfect Pears for Dessert

Change up your dessert with these elegant pears laced with butter, pecans, and brown sugar. This recipe makes 4 servings. Perfect for leftovers or a small group!

Remember, the holidays are a special occasion. Focus on savoring and enjoying your favorite foods. After all, they only come around once per year!