Thanksgiving Dinner Menu for Two

Creative planning makes it easy as pie

Thanksgiving meal
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Perhaps the kids (or parents) live 1,000 miles away and travel is expensive. Despite dropping a few hints, your friends have not invited you to join them for Thanksgiving dinner. Or perhaps another friend, who always overcooks the turkey, did and you declined.

Sure, you can go out to dinner on T'day and avoid the trouble of making your own feast. There's nothing like an order of General Tso's chicken and some wonton soup to celebrate. You could drop a bundle at one of the few upscale restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner. Or you could just make it a private celebration and be thankful for each other. It really is possible to do a traditional Thanksgiving feast for two. 

And in a month, you can cook this Christmas dinner for two.

  • 01 of 07


    Prosciutto Goat Cheese Crostini
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    Thanksgiving with all the fixings is an effort, but you can rein that in by spreading it over two or three days and working on it together. This menu is geared for two with a day or two's leftovers (and will serve four if your neighbors have been dropping you hints).

    Begin with incredible starters and glass of wine. Some caviar on toast points is always nice, but instead, you might consider making these Ceci Fritos or perhaps fig and goat cheese crostini.

  • 02 of 07

    Roast Turkey for Two

    Roast turkey breast
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    A roast turkey for two may be a lot of turkey for two people but you'll be happy about the leftovers. One idea is to buy a whole small breast, thaw it, then cut it in half and refreeze half for later. Half a breast is not only enough for dinner for two, but enough for a couple of turkey sandwiches later. Try brining the breast which produces a moister and more flavorful result.

  • 03 of 07

    Apple and Sausage Stuffing

    Apple sausage stuffing

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    This apple and sausage stuffing recipe features pork sausage, apples, and cranberries and will beautifully complement the turkey. You can prep the bread, sausage, and vegetables a day in advance and then store in separate sealed containers until ready to combine and bake (don't refrigerate the bread cubes and make sure they've cooled completely before storing).

  • 04 of 07


    Turkey gravy

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    Just because you aren't spending three or four hours roasting a whole turkey doesn't mean you have to give up the homemade gravy. Here is everything you need to know to make a delicious gravy from scratch.

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  • 05 of 07

    Broccoli With Blue Cheese

    Broccoli blue cheese
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    This broccoli with blue cheese is hardly worthy of being called a recipe, but it's a winner, not least because it's so quick and easy. You can also do this with steamed asparagus, but broccoli is really the best―the blue cheese complements the broccoli perfectly. For a shortcut, use a quality bottled dressing like Marie's Blue Cheese which is available in the produce section of most grocery stores.

  • 06 of 07

    Mashed Rutabaga With Bourbon and Maple Syrup

    Easy Mashed Rutabagas

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    In some families, rutabaga is served at Thanksgiving far more often than sweet potatoes. It's a sweet vegetable (albeit more like a winter squash than sweet potatoes) with a hearty texture. This mashed rutabaga with Bourbon and maple syrup is commonly served mashed with butter, but this doctored-up version makes a nice change from ordinary. Best of all, you can make this a couple of days in advance, then heat in your microwave.

  • 07 of 07

    Apple Crisp

    Best Apple Crisp
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    End your meal with traditional fall flavors of apple and cinnamon. This apple crisp recipe calls for a buttery, crumbly oatmeal, and brown sugar topping.