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You don’t always need a large gathering for Thanksgiving. Meal preparation is often much easier if you’re making food for just yourself and one other person, and an intimate Thanksgiving can be far less chaotic than a large gathering. To that end, here are four small Thanksgiving dinner recipes made to amply feed two people.
1. Apple crisp
This is a delectable dessert for a two-person Thanksgiving dinner! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place apples that you’ve cut beforehand in an ungreased 2-cup baking dish, then sprinkle your apples with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Next, combine two tablespoons of each of the following: brown sugar, oats, and melted butter. Add a dash of cinnamon and sprinkle your mixture over the apple slices.
Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Next, uncover and bake for approximately 15 minutes more. Serve your apple crisp after letting it cool a bit – it tastes delicious served with ice cream or whipped cream. View the full recipe here.
2. Vegetarian lentil loaf
Want a tasty vegetarian two-person Thanksgiving dinner recipe? Follow these instructions. Add three-quarters of a cup of water to a small saucepan and add one-quarter cup of green lentils to the pot. Wait until the water comes to a boil, reduce the stove’s heat, and let the water simmer for approximately 40 minutes until the lentils are soft. Next, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Then, use a vegetable oil of your choice to grease a nine-by-five-inch loaf pan. In a large mixing bowl, add two slices of cut-up bread, two cups of cooked lentils, one-third of a cup of broth, one egg, two teaspoons of tomato paste, and one teaspoon of olive oil. Top your mixture with a small amount of black pepper, parsley, basil, garlic powder, and dry soup mix. Spread your lentil loaf mix into the greased pan.
Bake your lentil loaf for approximately 40 minutes. Lastly, sprinkle dry bread crumbs on top of your lentil loaf and bake for another 10 minutes. Let your vegetarian Thanksgiving meal cool for approximately 10 minutes before eating, and then, enjoy! View the full recipe here.
3. Celery and bread stuffing
For your two-person Thanksgiving, make a classic Thanksgiving stuffing! Slice one pound of white bread and air dry the bread for one to two hours, then cut your dried bread into cubes. Melt two tablespoons of margarine or butter over medium heat in a dutch oven. Cook a chopped celery stalk and one-quarter of an onion until soft. Next, season your cooked vegetables with half a teaspoon of chicken seasoning (or your preferred seasoning), and a little bit of salt and pepper.
Add the bread cubes you made until they are evenly coated with your seasoned vegetable mixture. Make sure to moisten your stuffing with three tablespoons of chicken broth (or your preferred broth that will taste good on stuffing). Thoroughly mix your stuffing and let it cool. Finally, bake your stuffing in a buttered casserole dish at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 40 minutes. Relish this Thanksgiving stuffing as a side dish to some turkey. View the full recipe here.
4. Turkey for two
When you have a small Thanksgiving for a couple of people, you don’t need to prepare a full turkey. In a seven-by-11-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, place two turkey breast tenderloins. Combine all the following ingredients in a small bowl: one tablespoon of melted butter, a quarter cup of wine, a quarter teaspoon of tarragon, a quarter teaspoon of paprika, and a quarter teaspoon of salt. Drizzle your marinating mixture on top of the turkey tenderloins. Next, add half a cup of mushrooms around the tenderloins.
For 30 to 35 minutes, bake your tenderloin turkey dish uncovered at 375 degrees Fahrenheit. While your turkey is baking, baste the tenderloins a few times with its pan drippings. Let your dish cool for five minutes before serving. Finally, enjoy an easy two-person savory Thanksgiving turkey! View the full recipe here.
Do you have any Thanksgiving recipes for a small dinner? Share your thoughts in the comments!