What Should I Cook for a Smaller Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Q: For the first year ever, my small family is not going to visit extended relatives for Thanksgiving. I've never made a turkey, and I think a whole turkey is going to be too big for two adults, one child, and a baby.

Any suggestions on something easier but still in keeping with the spirit of the day? Turkey breast?

Sent by Katie

Editor: Katie, first of all, on the turkey question: we really highly recommend that recipe Mark Bittman published last year for braised turkey. We don't usually like turkey much at all, but this was amazing. It's a great meal for a small Thanksgiving because it can be adapted for a small group; it uses separate thighs and breasts. But it's still special and ultra-delicious. Here's our review:

Recipe Review: Mark Bittman's Braised Turkey

And if you would like any thoughts on the rest of your meal, here's a good post where we round up side dishes and desserts that would work well for a small Thanksgiving for just two or three.

Good Question: Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Any other good turkey alternatives for Katie?

Related: Where Should I Buy My (Organic) Thanksgiving Turkey?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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