24 Perfect Thanksgiving Recipes For Two (2024)

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1. You don't need to roast a whole turkey, just go for turkey breast and season with yummy rosemary. 2. To keep turkey thighs moist, roast them in broth (and then cook that broth into a gravy!). 3. For a meatless option, try acorn squash filled with STUFFING. 4. Or if turkey isn't your thing, try a perfect roast chicken. 5. Soak up your gravy with these buttermilk and sea salt biscuits. 6. Cut this recipe for pumpkin cornbread in half and you each get two delicious squares to coat in buttery goodness. 7. You don't need a sweet potato casserole when you have these mashed sweet potatoes with herbed garlic butter. 8. It's hard to improve on plain mashed potatoes, but a homemade Tuscan herb blend absolutely does. 9. How about some truffle mac 'n' cheese? 10. This pumpkin sage alfredo pappardelle with brown butter makes the tastiest side to your turkey. 11. Spice things up with crispy roasted Brussels sprouts in a Thai-style fish sauce glaze. 12. Honey-glazed carrots go great with mashed potatoes. And everything, really. 13. A green bean and feta salad is lighter than a casserole and way less of a hassle to make. 14. Sure, you can get canned cranberry, or you can make your own cranberry apple chutney. 15. This gluten-free and vegan stuffing has a cranberry kick that serves up a little tang with the savory. 16. Or cut the ingredients in half for this savory lentil and mushroom stuffing recipe. 17. Sweeten up your meal with this warm pumpkin chocolate chip cookie! 18. For a lighter treat, these poached pears in a red wine syrup will make your Thanksgiving très chic. 19. These mini pumpkin-ginger cheesecakes are so small you can have more than one (or more than two, even). 20. This gluten-free and vegan pumpkin pie is so cute it's almost hard to eat it, but I will. 21. No need to bake a whole pie, just opt for this apple pie for two with homemade crust. 22. Wash down that turkey with a pumpkin fizz co*cktail for two. 23. I can't even handle the idea of pumpkin pie with a maple hot toddy... but I'll do it. 24. Can't spell happiness without "mulled hot apple cider," right?! FAQs

Because sometimes the best Thanksgiving is the one where you don't have to share the leftovers with your cousins.

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1. You don't need to roast a whole turkey, just go for turkey breast and season with yummy rosemary.

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primalpalate.com

This recipe is also paleo-friendly and serves eight people. But cut it in half and you'll have plenty for dinner, plus fantastic leftovers!

2. To keep turkey thighs moist, roast them in broth (and then cook that broth into a gravy!).

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wishfulchef.com

This recipe is exactly for two, and is oh-so-flavorful.

3. For a meatless option, try acorn squash filled with STUFFING.

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4. Or if turkey isn't your thing, try a perfect roast chicken.

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adashofsoul.com

Roast chicken is super simple to dress up with seasonings, and will only take you an hour to roast. (Way better than staring at the oven for four hours, right?)

5. Soak up your gravy with these buttermilk and sea salt biscuits.

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alexandracooks.com

This recipe makes six large biscuits, so cut in half if you're overwhelmed with happiness.

6. Cut this recipe for pumpkin cornbread in half and you each get two delicious squares to coat in buttery goodness.

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7. You don't need a sweet potato casserole when you have these mashed sweet potatoes with herbed garlic butter.

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8. It's hard to improve on plain mashed potatoes, but a homemade Tuscan herb blend absolutely does.

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honestcooking.com

Plus this recipe will give you enough to keep some leftovers.

9. How about some truffle mac 'n' cheese?

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iamafoodblog.com

Or better yet: covering your turkey with truffle mac 'n' cheese? Recipe here.

10. This pumpkin sage alfredo pappardelle with brown butter makes the tastiest side to your turkey.

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acozykitchen.com

A little pumpkin puree goes a long way in this recipe.

11. Spice things up with crispy roasted Brussels sprouts in a Thai-style fish sauce glaze.

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iamafoodblog.com

Adds just the right flavor to kick your feast up a notch.

12. Honey-glazed carrots go great with mashed potatoes. And everything, really.

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13. A green bean and feta salad is lighter than a casserole and way less of a hassle to make.

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14. Sure, you can get canned cranberry, or you can make your own cranberry apple chutney.

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bakedbree.com

You know what to do. Recipe here.

15. This gluten-free and vegan stuffing has a cranberry kick that serves up a little tang with the savory.

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forkandbeans.com

This is a great option to make if your S.O. has any dietary restrictions. Check out the simple recipe here.

16. Or cut the ingredients in half for this savory lentil and mushroom stuffing recipe.

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foxeslovelemons.com

Sure, that means four servings, but don't we all eat two the day of?!

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17. Sweeten up your meal with this warm pumpkin chocolate chip cookie!

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chocolatemoosey.com

Split one, or bake two! Either way, anything that's made with pumpkin puree and chocolate chips is all good in my book.

18. For a lighter treat, these poached pears in a red wine syrup will make your Thanksgiving très chic.

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the-broken-bread.com

I might just start putting red wine syrup on everything, TBH.

19. These mini pumpkin-ginger cheesecakes are so small you can have more than one (or more than two, even).

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Plus they're topped with a pumpkin spice latte whipped cream! Cut the recipe in half and get a yummy six to gorge on.

20. This gluten-free and vegan pumpkin pie is so cute it's almost hard to eat it, but I will.

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forkandbeans.com

Cute recipe for four individual pies here.

21. No need to bake a whole pie, just opt for this apple pie for two with homemade crust.

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chocolatemoosey.com

Top it with a scoop of ice cream if you're feeling extra ~fancy~. Recipe here.

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22. Wash down that turkey with a pumpkin fizz co*cktail for two.

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ahouseinthehills.com

Made with bourbon, pumpkin puree, and honey, among other yummy things.

23. I can't even handle the idea of pumpkin pie with a maple hot toddy... but I'll do it.

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adventures-in-cooking.com

Simmered to perfection with brandy, cloves, and lemon.

24. Can't spell happiness without "mulled hot apple cider," right?!

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addapinch.com

Cut the ingredients list into just 1/4 of what's called for to get two perfectly steaming cups.

24 Perfect Thanksgiving Recipes For Two (2024)

FAQs

What are the 10 most popular Thanksgiving foods? ›

Top 10 Thanksgiving Dishes
  1. Turkey.
  2. Stuffing/Dressing.
  3. Pumpkin Pie.
  4. Sweet Potato Casserole.
  5. Mashed Potatoes.
  6. Ham.
  7. Green Bean Casserole.
  8. Cranberry Jelly.
Nov 22, 2023

What are the top 20 Thanksgiving foods in America? ›

Top 20 Thanksgiving Recipes
  • Apple Stuffing.
  • Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread.
  • Asparagus Bake.
  • Creamy Green Bean Casserole.
  • Cranberry Sauce.
  • Creamy Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes.
  • Turkey Gravy.
  • Apple Pie.

What is a traditional black Thanksgiving dinner? ›

You will likely be eating roast turkey, barbecued turkey, deep fried turkey, glazed country ham, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes mashed and covered with marshmallows, corn, cornbread, yeast/potato rolls, black eyed peas, rice, gravy, potato salad, cranberry sauce from ...

What is the most traditional Thanksgiving menu? ›

The classic Thanksgiving dinner includes old-time favorites that never change: turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, and pie. But the way these dishes are made or added to is everchanging because of food trends and different dietary requirements.

What can I do for Thanksgiving without friends or family? ›

What to Do on Thanksgiving Without Family
  • Book a night at a local hotel. Anything you can do out of the ordinary will make the holiday feel special and not blah. ...
  • Stay in your PJs all day. 0 Guilt. ...
  • Don't make any plans. ...
  • Play charades over Zoom. ...
  • Help a neighbor. ...
  • Spend the day writing letters. ...
  • Friendsgiving, duh.
Nov 20, 2020

What is the most unpopular Thanksgiving food? ›

The Most Disliked Traditional Thanksgiving Foods
  • Ham — 25.57%
  • Coleslaw — 25.57%
  • Pumpkin Pie — 24.28%
  • Mashed Potatoes — 18.66%
  • Macaroni and Cheese — 17.47%
  • Carrots — 16.98%
  • Apple Pie — 16.29%
  • Corn — 15.50%
Nov 21, 2023

What is the most popular side dish served at Thanksgiving? ›

Three of the New York Times cooking section's most popular Thanksgiving recipes are potato-related: a mashed potato casserole, potato gratin and cheddar mashed potatoes. As with potatoes, there's a Thanksgiving-preferred way for green beans to be consumed: the casserole, of course.

What are the 12 most popular Thanksgiving dishes? ›

Scroll through to take a look at our most popular Thanksgiving recipes.
  • 01 of 24. Perfect Turkey. ...
  • 02 of 24. Roasted Brussels Sprouts. ...
  • 03 of 24. Cranberry Sauce. ...
  • 04 of 24. Homemade Mac and Cheese. ...
  • 05 of 24. Sweet Potato Pie. ...
  • 06 of 24. Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll. ...
  • 07 of 24. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast. ...
  • 08 of 24. Cream Corn Like No Other.
Oct 26, 2023

What do Californians eat for Thanksgiving? ›

7 Signs You're Having a California Thanksgiving
  • GRILLED TURKEY IS THE CENTERPIECE. ...
  • SOURDOUGH SNEAKS IN SOMEWHERE. ...
  • VEGETABLE SIDES AREN'T GLOPPED IN MAYO. ...
  • GARLIC BREAD IS THE CARB OF CHOICE. ...
  • BRUSSELS SPROUTS PREVAIL OVER GREEN BEANS. ...
  • MAYBE YOU'LL SEE PECAN PIE, MAYBE YOU WON'T. ...
  • PINOT NOIR NEVER STOPS FLOWIN'.
Nov 18, 2015

What is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner? ›

The Charlie Brown “Meal”

Jelly beans, popcorn, pretzels and toast. Yep, that's it!

What did the natives eat for Thanksgiving? ›

There are only two surviving documents that reference the original Thanksgiving harvest meal. They describe a feast of freshly killed deer, assorted wildfowl, a bounty of cod and bass, and flint, a native variety of corn harvested by the Native Americans, which was eaten as corn bread and porridge.

What did Charlie Brown eat for Thanksgiving dinner? ›

For those who don't remember, Charlie Brown is pressured to host a Thanksgiving dinner despite not knowing how to cook, and he and Snoopy put together a feast of buttered toast, popcorn, pretzels, and jelly beans.

How do you make Thanksgiving unique? ›

Host a themed thanksgiving

One year, go back in time with classic recipes and vintage decorations. with classic recipes and throwback aesthetic. The next, make it modern with contemporary trimmings and a trendy tablescape. Invite guests to dress for the occasion or bring an on-theme dish to share.

How do you make Thanksgiving memorable? ›

Express gratitude for family, friends, and food with a meaningful Thanksgiving prayer or Thanksgiving poem. Make it a tradition to go around the table and have everyone say what they are most thankful for in 2023.

How can I make Thanksgiving meaningful? ›

14 Favorite Ideas to Create a Meaningful Thanksgiving
  1. Start Thanksgiving Day by spending some time with God. ...
  2. List God's blessings. ...
  3. Five kernels of corn. “ ...
  4. Feathers of thanks. ...
  5. Thank God for each other. ...
  6. Pass on special memories.

How to make Thanksgiving at home special? ›

11 Ideas to Make Thanksgiving 2022 Extra Special in Your Home
  1. Invest in a Warming Tray. ...
  2. Watch for Black Friday Deals Before Thanksgiving. ...
  3. Invest in Artificial Plants for Your Porch. ...
  4. Give Centerpieces a New Home. ...
  5. Install a New Backsplash. ...
  6. Purchase an Electric Gravy Boat. ...
  7. Organize a Mini Pumpkin Hunt.

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