What Are Your Best Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for Just a Few People?

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Q: We’ve decided to stay home for Thanksgiving this year. While I’ve cooked a turkey many times before, I’m just not up for it this year — especially when it’s just going to be my small family of four, two of whom are young children. I always run into the same issues, so I figured I’d finally ask the experts for some insight!

How do I cook Thanksgiving for a few people rather than a large crowd? Do you have any simple recipes for roasting turkey breast or chicken breasts for those of us who want a classic Thanksgiving meat without having to deal with a whole turkey? How to deal with the lack of gravy from such a small amount of meat? I also struggle with time management in the kitchen, particularly when cooking a large dinner with so many components. Maybe you could even include a cooking timeline for folks like me? Basically, I’m asking you to plan my entire holiday!

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Editor: Whether you’re cooking for two people or 10, Thanksgiving dinner benefits from good planning. Start by making a timeline, then select your recipes, and if you can make anything ahead of time, definitely do so. Since you dinner involves fewer people, it’s a good idea to skip the whole turkey in favor of turkey breasts or legs, or even a whole chicken — which is far more manageable than a whole turkey.

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Kitchn readers, what are your best tips for making a timeline and hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner?