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The Best Recipes for Smaller Thanksgiving Gatherings

November 09, 2020

While Thanksgiving might look a little different this year, it doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the delicious harvest-inspired foods we typically feast on this time of year while also taking a moment to feel grateful for what we do have. While leftovers are always appreciated, these recipes work well for a small Thanksgiving dinner, so you have just the right amount to satisfy your cravings.

 

Thanksgiving Pork Loin with Roasted Sweet Potatoes 

Pork loin with roasted sweet potatoes

If you’re expecting fewer people for Thanksgiving this year, this recipe allows you to switch things up a bit while still enjoying the classic Thanksgiving flavors you enjoy year after year. You’ll grab our organic boneless pork loin rather than traditional turkey but fill it with all of your favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner: herbed stuffing, cranberries, and roasted honey cinnamon sweet potatoes.

 

Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner from Imagelicious

Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner Recipe

If you’re craving the whole shebang but are looking for an easy option, this sheet pan dinner is an awesome option for a smaller Thanksgiving dinner.  It’s complete with a roasted turkey breast, seasonal stuffing, roasted veggies, and cranberry sauce, and only takes about an hour to cook and fill your home with all those yummy Thanksgiving smells.

 

 

Paleo Creamed Spinach with Bacon from What Great Grandma Ate

Paleo creamed spinach with bacon recipe

This creamed spinach is a great way to get some extra greens into your Thanksgiving meal. It gets its satisfying, creamy texture from full-fat coconut milk, and packs a veggie punch with spinach and cauliflower, all topped with bacon bits.  As a bonus, it’s Whole30, keto, and paleo-friendly.

Try it with our Organic Turkey Bacon for a bacon option that is lower in fat and contains fewer calories.

 

Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Skillet from Primavera Kitchen 

Ground turkey sweet potato skillet recipe

Although it’s a non-traditional Thanksgiving recipe, the holidays this year are untraditional, so we’re not afraid to make some new traditions.  We love how this skillet meal is an easier option but still reminiscent of Thanksgiving thanks to its ingredients: ground turkey, sweet potatoes, and garlic and onion - yum!

Try it with our organic and free-range Ground Turkey.

 

Creamy Cheesy Brussels Sprouts with Bacon from Diethood 

Creamy cheesy Brussels sprouts with bacon recipe

Whether you’re a fan of Brussels sprouts or not, you’ll love this yummy side dish that is perfect for the holiday season.  Brussel sprouts are tossed with a creamy sauce and crispy bacon before being smothered with even more cheese and baked until delicious and golden brown.

Try it with our Organic Applewood Smoked Bacon for even more flavor.

 

Thanksgiving Style Smashed Potatoes from I Love Vegan 

Thanksgiving style smashed potatoes

This is a fun twist on traditional Thanksgiving potatoes. New potatoes are smashed so the edges get nice and crispy as they bake, and are topped with fun Thanksgiving flavors like gravy, cranberry sauce, thyme, and black pepper.

 

Easy Apple Stuffing from Baking Mischief 

Easy apple stuffing recipe

An easy and satisfying stuffing, the combination of granny smith apples, savory poultry seasoning, and celery work great alongside a roasted turkey breast or chicken.

 

 

Marshmallow Stuffed Sweet Potatoes from The Novice Chef Blog 

Marshmallow stuffed sweet potatoes

If you love sweet potato casserole but aren’t pulling out the casserole dish this year, these stuffed sweet potatoes are a great way to enjoy all the similar flavors.  Tender sweet potatoes are baked and stuffed with butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, and marshmallows until they are perfectly browned and toasted.

 

Creamy Green Bean Casserole from Zona Cooks 

Creamy green bean casserole

Classic green bean casserole is given a makeover in this dish designed just for smaller Thanksgiving gatherings.  You’ll make a quick homemade cream of mushroom soup to toss with your green beans, and then top the dish with fried onions before popping in the oven until bubbly.

 

Roasted Honeynut Squash with Cranberries, Pecans, and Bacon from My Casual Pantry 

Roasted honeynut squash with cranberries, pecans and bacon

Whether you choose to enjoy this as a side dish or main, this stuffed roasted squash works well for a small Thanksgiving dinner. Small, sweet, honeynut squash are a great option for a smaller gathering; or as a main, one works perfectly for about every two people. It’s stuffed with a cornucopia of yummy ingredients, including bacon, pecans, cranberries, goat cheese, and maple syrup.

 

Small Batch Dinner Rolls from Dessert for Two 

Small batch dinner rolls

If you’re craving rolls alongside your Thanksgiving dinner, this recipe is a go-to! The recipe takes advantage of active dry yeast and egg yolks to create a small batch of light, fluffy, and golden-brown dinner rolls.

 

Baked Apples from Downshiftology 

Baked apples

While we love a classic apple pie for Thanksgiving, a full-sized pie can be a bit too much for fewer people, in addition to being pretty labor-intensive.  Baked apples are an easy way to enjoy this harvest time fruit without needing to spend your day preparing pie.  Fresh apples are topped with a crumble of oats, spices, dried fruit, and nuts, and can be served with coconut whipped cream or ice cream.

 

Deep Dish Mini Pumpkin Pies from Chocolate Moosey 

Deep dish mini pumpkin pie

These delicious mini pumpkin pies are made with a flaky cream cheese crust and plenty of pumpkin pie filling. It also swaps out evaporated milk for a combination of whole milk and heavy cream, so there’s no need to open a new can.

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