My problem is this: how can I create a Thanksgiving menu for 2? Almost every recipe I look at serves 6-8, and while I like Thanksgiving leftovers, eating them 5 days in a row is unappealing. My husband and I won't be able to travel this year to be with family and our friends will all be out of town so it's just the two of us.
I guess I can just 1/3 the majority of recipes, but I thought you might have some tricks up your sleeves for those of us who won't be celebrating with a horde of people, but who also want to create a lovely and celebratory meal.
Best, Robin in Chicago
Here's a short list of some recipes and ideas to help create for a robust, traditional Thanksgiving menu for two. Any other ideas for Robin?
• Honey-Glazed Turkey Breast with Roasted Garlic Gravy - This is from the Columbus Dispatch story this week on smaller Thanksgiving feasts.
• Skip the turkey and go with roast chicken or Cornish hens.
• Skip the poultry altogether and roast a small pork loin brushed with apple cider or lamb chops with garlic.
• Sourdough-Sage Stuffing - Also from the Dispatch
• Zuni Cafe Bread Salad - This makes a modest amount, but even if it made twice as much you'd want more.
• Baked Sweet Potatoes - Just roast one for each of you and serve in their jackets with a little brown sugar and butter.
• Roasted Acorn Squash - Cut an acorn squash in half, rub the cavity with some butter and brown sugar, then roast uncovered at 375ºF for about 50 minutes.
• Mashed Potatoes - Mashed potatoes are easily scaled down; just boil two or three and whip with butter and cream cheese.
• Sauteed Baby Red Potatoes - Boil until barely tender, slice in half then saute in garlic and butter and toss with fresh parsley.
• Green Beans - Buy whatever you think you can eat and blanch quickly in boiling water then fry with garlic and almonds.
• Salad with Pecans, Cranberries and Goat Cheese - If you use some bitter greens and add some orange juice to the dressing, this is well nigh perfect.
• Cranberry Sauce - This is easy to make in small quantities; I'll put up a recipe on Monday.
• From Gourmet's Dinner for One column, Braised Mustard Greens with Garlic
• Honey Pumpkin Crème Brûlée - This can also be baked in a crust for a more traditional pie.
• Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Caramel Pecan Sauce - This makes a lot, but it would work so well as breakfast...
• Pumpkin-Coconut Ice Cream - Full disclosure: this is from my other blog. But I am so enamored of ice cream as a holiday dessert - it's do ahead and keeps well. Also, this recipe goes very well with...
• Chez Panisse Gingersnaps - The dough will stay in your freezer for weeks while you slice off thin slivers that bake into perfect gingersnaps.
• And if you want to avoid the pumpkin track altogether, I'm a huge fan of this Individual Walnut Cake. It would be great with a drizzle of chocolate.