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20 Thanksgiving Recipes for a Small Gathering

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Scale Down Recipes, Not Flavor

Just because your Thanksgiving gathering is a little smaller this year doesn't mean your feast will be any less scrumptious. With a few simple hacks found in these Thanksgiving recipes for a small gathering, you can have your pumpkin pie and eat it too.

Related: 15 Ways to Spice Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

herb turkey breast
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Slow Cooker Herbed Turkey Breast

Especially if you're cooking for fewer people this year, you don't want to spend all day in the kitchen. This recipe ensures you'll have turkey to serve, but you won't have to fuss with the whole bird or even use your oven. It yields eight servings, so you may yet wind up with Thanksgiving leftovers.

Recipe: Betty Crocker

turkey breast with pan sauce
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Roasted duck breast
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Cornish Hen with Homemade Classic Stuffing
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Cornish Hen with Homemade Classic Stuffing

Or maybe you love the theater of pulling a whole roast bird out of the oven. A Cornish game hen, sometimes called a broiler chicken, will be just the thing. It's as easy as a roast chicken while still feeling elegant. This recipe includes a great scaled-down stuffing recipe too.

Recipe: Homemade In The Kitchen

Braised Rabbit with Polenta
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Braised Rabbit with Polenta

Another main that feels elegant without being a whole ton of work. The main ingredient may make you feel like you're vacationing in Italy, but the sage, rosemary, and bacon in this recipe from Lidia Bastianich provides the flavor of Thanksgiving.

Recipe: The New York Times

Fig Crostini
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Fig Crostini

These fig crostini come together in under a half-hour and will look lovely on your Thanksgiving table. To ensure these are at their best, make sure to use high-quality balsamic.

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Cranberry Mimosa
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Cranberry Mimosa

A great way to make your holiday feel special without much extra work is a custom cocktail. This Cranberry Mimosa is festive and takes 10 minutes.

Recipe: Delish

Savory Pumpkin Hummus
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A Cheese Platter
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A Cheese Platter

The great thing about making a cheese plate is that it will look stunning and taste wonderful despite being just things you already bought, arranged. Just make sure to buy three to six cheeses with a range of flavors and textures. For an extra seasonal accompaniment, buy some  cranberry relish.

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Glazed Green Bean Salad
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Spoon Bread with Guanciale
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brussels sprouts salad
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Salt-Wilted Brussels Sprout Salad With Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese

The magic of this dish is in its textural play — half of the sprouts are shredded and left raw, while the other half are wilted by tossing them in salt. The toasted hazelnuts and tang of tangerine juice are a perfect complement.

Recipe: Serious Eats

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

If sweet potatoes are an important part of your Thanksgiving table, the slow cooker is an easy way to keep up the tradition. For a smaller group, it's easy to scale down — simply cook fewer potatoes.

Recipe: The Magical Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot Cranberry Meatballs
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Butterless Mashed Potatoes
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Mashed Potatoes for Two

For many, mashed potatoes are an essential Thanksgiving dish. Luckily, they're easy to prepare and take just 30 minutes.

Recipe: Kitchn

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Thanksgiving on Two Sheet Pans

Maybe you'd prefer to get all the prep over with in one fell swoop. Behold: A way to end up with four servings of turkey, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce without having piles of dishes to clean later.

Recipe: Food Network

Related: 40 Cheap and Easy One-Pot Meals

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Pecan Pie
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Pecan Pie for Two

Pecan pie is another iconic Thanksgiving dessert that can, it turns out, also be scaled down quite easily. This is homemade pie with 15 minutes of prep and 35 minutes of baking.

Recipe: Taste of Home

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Butterscotch Pumpkin Mousse

This low-fat, low-sugar recipe is still very autumnal while being a little less traditional, and it comes together in 15 minutes or less. Dress it up a bit by serving in pudding glasses.

Recipe: Taste of Home

Apple Galette
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Country Apple Galette

Galettes are a favorite of lazy chefs everywhere — they feel like something you'd order at a fabulous little French country café, but take no time at all to put together. This version takes 30 minutes of active time and will seriously wow your guests. It yields eight servings, making for plenty left over for breakfast with coffee.

Recipe: Food & Wine

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