Thanksgiving for two is a collection of my favorite small Thanksgiving dinner recipes to help you prepare and enjoy a classic holiday meal that's hassle-free and hits all the cravings. These super simple Thanksgiving recipes actually accommodate 4 people (with no leftovers) or 2 people (with leftovers).
Thanksgiving Dinner for Two (or four) includes recipes for breakfast or brunch, appetizers, salad, sides, turkey main course, and dessert. We've covered all the bases for a simple and fulfilling day of food and thanks.
Breakfast or Brunch
Wholesome, easy breakfast and brunch ideas to kick off your Thanksgiving morning.
Easy appetizers to get you warmed up to Thanksgiving dinner.
Easy sides to accompany your Thanksgiving dinner for two.
Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey ... Ever!
It's 100% possible to enjoy delicious, juicy roasted turkey on Thanksgiving ... without babysitting one all day. We've done it every year for a decade and I just don't know if I'll ever go back!
Nontraditional Thanksgiving Desserts
These desserts may not be traditional, but they'll disappear, I promise!
These holiday dinner "extras" are must-haves!
Refrigerator method: Ideally, frozen bone-in turkey breast is thawed by transferring it from the freezer to the refrigerator. Generally, we would allow 24 hours for every 5 lbs of turkey. The same rule applies for bone-in turkey breast. Also, store the turkey in a way that prevents it from touching other refrigerated items to avoid contamination.
Cold water: This is a quicker way to thaw frozen turkey breast. Simply leave the packaging in tact and submerge the turkey breast in cold water in a container. This process can be done at room temperature (note: water must be changed every 30 minutes to maintain cold temperature) or in the refrigerator (without changing the water).
It is not recommended to thaw poultry at room temperature; i.e., sitting on your counter. This is an unsafe holding temperature and can promote harmful bacteria growth that can cause food borne illness. Information sourced from U.S.D.A.
165° is the minimum internal temperature when a meat thermometer is inserted next to the bone in the center of the turkey breast. Any poultry that doesn't hit this temperature is considered unsafe to consume.
Allow Thanksgiving dinner items to cool completely before storing. Refrigerate leftovers in airtight containers up to five days. Freeze leftovers in freezer safe containers up to 30-90 days. I'm in love with these locking containers and find them to be the most effective style of food storage containers on the market.
1) Oven reheat: Place cooked Thanksgiving leftovers on a covered, heat-safe dish and baked in the oven at 350° for 30 minutes.
2) Microwave method: Place leftover in a covered, microwave-safe dish and heat on medium-high heat in 1 minute intervals until everything has warmed through.