Having a Thanksgiving for two doesn’t mean missing out on turkey dinner! Make our recipes for boneless turkey roast and all the trimmings!
Some people enjoy sharing a holiday meal with their entire extended family. Depending on the dynamics of your family members, this might sound seriously fun or seriously stressful to you.
If you fall into the latter category and just want to enjoy a quiet turkey dinner for two to four people, you’re not alone. Or maybe you don’t even have an extended family, and it’s just you and your loved one.
Having a small Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t mean sacrificing roast turkey, gravy, green beans, and all of your other traditional Thanksgiving favorites. Heck, even yeast rolls can be made for two just as easily as for a house full of people.
Thanksgiving for Two
It isn’t hard to cook Thanksgiving recipes for two when they’re easy to scale down to your preferred size!
All of the recipe cards on Kevin is Cooking are scalable. With a simple click, you can change the serving size up or down, and the ingredients will automatically change to match! This allows you to make the exact number of servings you want.
Turkey for Two
Start by purchasing and dry brining a boneless turkey roast. While not everyone brines their turkey, it really does make a huge difference in the juiciness of the meat.
One nice benefit of making a turkey for two is that a turkey breast only needs to marinate in the brine overnight. Even better, it only takes 40 minutes to cook in the oven!
Turkey gravy from scratch
If you’re a holiday recipe purist, you might be wondering how you’ll make gravy for two people. After all, you won’t have all of the pan drippings that you’d have if you were roasting and carving a turkey for a larger group.
This is perfectly okay; you can still make creamy homemade gravy. You’ll just make a roux and use that to make the gravy from scratch. Check out this recipe post for instructions on the roux and for making gravy.
Easy Thanksgiving sides for two
Potatoes for two
I think Thanksgiving turkey without mashed potatoes and gravy just wouldn’t be the same. Thankfully, making potatoes for a small group of people isn’t difficult at all.
Whether you want plain mashed potatoes or fancier potato dishes, I’ve got you. Your Thanksgiving dinner for two is covered!
Brown butter and crispy sage with our favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Yes, please!
Twice baked potatoes are perfect for a small holiday meal. You don’t need to make a big casserole dish full unless you want to.
If you love scalloped potatoes, but prefer sweet potatoes, make this dish for your Thanksgiving for two!
Other vegetable sides
Everyone’s favorite way to eat brussel sprouts is roasted until they’re crispy, then covered with balsamic glaze. Yum!
When you don’t want a full pan of brown sugar sauteed carrots, you can make as many or as few as you want!
This dish allows you to have traditional Thanksgiving stuffing and get in a favorite Thanksgiving veggie at the same time!
Cranberry sauce, rolls and butter
You can forgo the canned cranberry gelatin, because this homemade cranberry sauce is better than anything from a can!
Rolls for two
Bread and butter. ‘Nuff said. Dinner rolls for your Thanksgiving for two are just minutes away. If you don’t like working with yeast, no problem; make a batch of southern buttermilk biscuits or cornbread from scratch instead!
Thanksgiving desserts for two
You can’t have Thanksgiving for two and NOT have dessert, right?
Instead of making an entire pie, go with slab pie, or bake a pan of bars. It’s as easy as, well, pie!
Not into pie? No worries! Both of these desserts are very easy to make and they’re super delicious, too.
See? Whether you’re serving Thanksgiving for two, four, or more… it’s all perfectly easy with these recipes. Happy holidays to you!