Not hosting a huge Thanksgiving this year? You’re in luck because here is your ultimate guide to Thanksgiving Dinner For Two! Menu includes recipes for two and small batch recipes of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes.
I see you.
For the past two months, you’ve been beaten over the head with vibrant images of turkeys and pumpkin pie.
You read article after article about how to host a big Thanksgiving, how to roast a giant 20 pound turkey, how to survive the holidays with your drunk Uncle Bob.
But the truth is, this year you’re only cooking Thanksgiving Dinner For Two. Maybe it’s only you and your significant other. Maybe it’s only you and your roommate. Or maybe you simply don’t have a huge family to invite.
Where do you even begin prepping all of this food? It’s not fair for you to skip Thanksgiving because you can’t eat a whole turkey.
Everyone deserves a plate of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy for the holidays.
I got you. I’ve been scaling down recipes for years. And it’s about time I put it all together as a comprehensive menu for cooking Thanksgiving For Two.
This isn’t meant to be a full menu; rather, I’m giving you choices to pick and choose. It’s like one of those build your own adventures books but with food!
The list of recipes is at the bottom, but here is a break down of what you can expect:
With all of the cooking going on, drinks definitely don’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as opening a bottle of wine and pouring.
Not sure about finishing a whole bottle? Most companies now make 4-packs of wine in little bottles, which is about 1-2 glasses.
Not a wine drinker? Serve a sparkling non-alcoholic drink, such as grape or apple juice.
Thanksgiving dinner is practically synonymous with turkey, but when it’s only two of you, roasting a whole turkey is way too much food; the smallest whole turkey is about 10 pounds if you’re lucky.
However you can still have your turkey and eat it too by serving smaller pieces, such as turkey breast, turkey legs, or even turkey wings.
Love the presentation of roasting a whole bird complete with stuffing? Cook a Cornish hen, which are much smaller. One hen is plenty for two people, although if you have your heart set on leftover chicken salad, you can always roast two.
Personally I think Thanksgiving side dishes are the best part! As much as it pains me to say this, the best way to keep leftovers to a minimum for two people is limit the side dishes. I know, I know. Blasphemy you say!
The good news is most of these side dish recipes make roughly 4 servings (2 helpings each), so if there are any you don’t make for Thanksgiving, make them throughout the weekend.
Of course no dinner is complete without dessert! If you love pumpkin pie but there’s only two of you, you don’t have to give it up! Make mini pies or skip the crust and eat the filling (my favorite part if you ask me).
Not a fan pumpkin? Apples make an excellent alternative dessert. Stay classic with mini apple pie or make a fall twist on a summer favorite.
Cranberry Orange Sangria
Make your next holiday cocktail an easy one with Cranberry Orange Sangria made with red wine, cranberry juice, and oranges.
Sparkling Pomegranate Punch (Small Batch)
Make your party less boring with small batch Sparkling Pomegranate Punch using prosecco for the bubbly factor! Recipe for a non-alcoholic pomegranate punch also included.
Cornish Hen with Homemade Classic Stuffing
Don’t want to roast a whole turkey this year for Thanksgiving? Keep it small by roasting a Cornish Hen with Homemade Classic Stuffing.
Caramelized Onion and Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Breasts
When you’re only serving 2-4 people for Thanksgiving, you can still have the flavors of Thanksgiving with Caramelized Onion and Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Breasts.
Butternut Squash Crumble
Butternut Squash Crumble is a savory crumble with bacon and mushrooms and a buttery walnut streusel
Cheddar Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes
Whether you have leftover canned pumpkin to use up or are looking for a twist on a Thanksgiving classic, Cheddar Pumpkin Mashed Potatoes with rosemary is total comfort food in a bowl.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes For Two
Tired of leftover mashed potatoes? Learn how to scale them down with creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes For Two!
Easy Cheesy Stovetop Scalloped Potatoes
What do you do when there’s not enough room in the oven to bake a holiday side dish? Learn how to cook homemade Easy Cheesy Stovetop Scalloped Potatoes from scratch in a cheddar cheese sauce to save oven space.
Garlic Parmesan Au Gratin Potatoes
Plenty of garlic and cheese in this Garlic Parmesan Au Gratin Potatoes recipe with layers of thinly sliced potatoes, Parmesan cheese, and garlic.
Green Bean Casserole (Without Canned Soup)
Don’t want to cook with canned cream of mushroom soup or canned green beans? Here is my favorite easy green bean casserole from scratch for Thanksgiving.
Green Beans with Almonds and Olives
Looking for an easy small batch side dish? Learn how to make these healthy Green Beans with Almonds and Olives!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce (Small Batch)
Whether you’re making Thanksgiving for two or don’t want a ton of leftovers, this small batch Homemade Cranberry Sauce made with fresh orange juice and zest will brighten your dinner table.
Homemade Gravy (Without Meat Drippings)
Homemade Gravy Without Meat Drippings is an easy from scratch gravy recipe made without meat drippings so you don’t have to wait for the meat to be done.
Sweet Potato Casserole For Two
Hosting Thanksgiving For Two this year? You can still serve up your favorite traditional side dishes, like Sweet Potato Casserole For Two with mini marshmallows and chopped pecans on top.
Apple Pie For Two
Craving an easy apple pie recipe for two but don’t want leftovers? Here’s the perfect solution for your apple pie fix – Double Crusted Apple Pie For Two baked in ramekins with a homemade pie crust and apple pie filling. No special 6 inch pie pan needed!
Caramel Apple Shortcakes (Small Batch)
Classic shortcake with tender, flaky biscuits gets a fall makeover with small batch Caramel Apple Shortcakes.
Cranberry Apple Crisp
Stuck with extra cranberries and tired of cranberry sauce? Throw together this easy small batch Cranberry Apple Crisp with pecans.
Mini Deep Dish Pumpkin Pies
Making mini deep dish pumpkin pies means you’ll have room for a slice on Thanksgiving after the big feast. They also make great gifts to box up for the holidays.
Pumpkin Pie For Two (Eggless and Gluten Free)
Looking for a small batch gluten free Thanksgiving dessert recipe? This easy crustless Eggless Pumpkin Pie For Two recipe is baked in ramekins so you can have your pie without leftovers.
Small 6 Inch Pumpkin Cake (Dessert For Two)
This one layer Small 6 Inch Pumpkin Cake with cream cheese frosting is made from scratch using canned pumpkin.