Although you might think of large family gatherings when you think of Thanksgiving, you can still have a fulfilling Thanksgiving dinner for just yourself or with one other person. Of course, this might seem unusual to you, so maybe you need some help making small portions. With these three recipes adjusted for two people, you can easily cook and enjoy a small Thanksgiving dinner.
1. Bread and celery stuffing
Prepare a delicious bread and celery stuffing dish for two by using approximately one pound of white bread, sliced to air dry for one to two hours, then cut into cubes. In a Dutch oven, melt two tablespoons of butter or margarine over medium heat. Cook 1/4 of an onion and 3/4 of a chopped celery stalk until soft. Next, season your onion and celery with half a teaspoon of poultry seasoning, and your preferred amounts of salt and pepper.
Stir in the bread cubes you made until evenly coated. Moisten your stuffing with three tablespoons and half a teaspoon of chicken broth. Then, thoroughly mix your stuffing and let it chill. Finally, bake the stuffing in a buttered casserole dish at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes. Enjoy as a side dish to some turkey. See the full recipe here.
2. Thanksgiving Turkey for two
You don’t need to bake a whole turkey when you’re cooking for two. Place two turkey breast tenderloins in an 11-by-seven-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine a quarter cup of wine, one tablespoon of melted butter, a quarter teaspoon of salt, a quarter teaspoon of tarragon, and a quarter teaspoon of paprika. Add your combination from the small bowl on top of the turkey tenderloins. Next, arrange half a cup of mushrooms around the tenderloins.
Bake your turkey dish uncovered at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes or until a meat thermometer placed inside the turkey reads 170 degrees Fahrenheit. As you bake, it’s best to baste your turkey occasionally with its pan drippings. Let your turkey cool for five minutes before slicing it. Finally, enjoy a mouth-watering Thanksgiving turkey. See the full recipe here.
3. Lentil loaf
Follow this tasty vegetarian lentil loaf recipe for your two-person Thanksgiving dinner. Add one-quarter cup (plus an additional two tablespoons) of green lentils into three-quarters of water in a small saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat, and let the water simmer until the lentils are tender, which should take approximately about 40 minutes. Next, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then, grease a nine-by-five-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, mix two cups of cooked lentils, two slices of cut-up bread, one egg, 1/3 cup of broth, two teaspoons tomato paste, and one teaspoon of olive oil. Add a little bit of basil, garlic powder, black pepper, parsley, and dry soup mix. Spread your mixture into the prepared greased pan.
Bake your lentil loaf for 40 minutes. Finally, sprinkle the top of your lentil loaf with dry bread crumbs, and put it back into the oven for another 10 minutes. Let your dish cool for approximately 10 minutes before serving and enjoy by yourself or with another person. See the full recipe here.
How would you celebrate a smaller Thanksgiving? Share your ideas in the comments!