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Thanksgiving Dinner for Two: 26 Fantastic Recipes

Thanksgiving for two? Enjoy your cozy dinner with this delicious menu!

Updated October 23, 2020
Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Thanksgiving dinner may be one of the most-anticipated holiday dinners all year. There are so many delicious food options, including roast turkey, green bean casserole, pumpkin bread, and much more! It's truly a day to be thankful and to enjoy a special and satisfying meal.

Although many families cook very large meals for Thanksgiving, it's actually pretty easy to make a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for two.

Instead of roasting an entire turkey, you can easily cook a turkey breast only. A nice side benefit is that it doesn't take all day to cook!

Many traditional sides can also easily be adapted to serve only a couple of people. Mashed potatoes, for instance, can easily be made with fewer potatoes. Roasted carrots or Brussels sprouts are also easy to scale to fit the number of people at your Thanksgiving dinner.

These are just a few simple ideas to inspire you. We know the real reason you're here is to get to our list of amazing Thanksgiving dinner ideas for two! The recipes below are comforting, delicious, and sure to help you create a memorable holiday meal.

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas for Two

  • Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Dinner

    This recipe might be one of the ultimate Thanksgiving meals for two! You'll cook everything you need for a delicious dinner, including turkey, sausage stuffing, and brussels sprouts, in your slow cooker.

  • Four-Ingredient OMG Chicken

    Turkey is a traditional Thanksgiving main dish, but we think chicken is equally satisfying and way easier to cook. This fantastic chicken recipe is flavorful and special enough for a holiday dinner.

  • Apple Fig Stuffed Chicken Breasts

    This elegant Thanksgiving chicken recipe is perfect for two people. You'll get all of the traditional flavor that you love from the apple-fig dressing, but you won't have to wait all day for a turkey to roast.

  • Baked Chicken Pieces and Stuffing

    Here's another chicken recipe that's a delicious alternative to a turkey dinner for a crowd. You'll love the rich and delicious stuffing recipe, and the chicken is moist and flavorful.

  • Easy Roasted Turkey Thighs

    If you've got your heart set on turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, you can still easily make that happen for just two people! Roasting turkey thighs is a great way to get a smaller serving size of turkey. As a bonus, you won't have to spend all day in the kitchen.

  • Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Squash is a great vegetarian main for Thanksgiving, and this recipe can easily be made for just two people! You'll love the flavorful and satisfying taste of this baked acorn squash.

  • Friendsgiving Sheet Pan Dinner

    Sheet pan Thanksgiving dinners are the heroes of small gatherings, and this one looks absolutely delicious. You'll get all of the flavors you want in a Thanksgiving dinner, but it will cook in a fraction of the time!

  • Rosemary Roasted Turkey Breast

    Roasting a turkey breast is another great way to make turkey for Thanksgiving if you're serving two people. You will probably have leftovers of this recipe, so be sure to check out our leftover Thanksgiving recipes below.

Side Dish Thanksgiving Recipes for Two

  • Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

    Mac and cheese is a great Thanksgiving side dish, and adding sweet potatoes gives it that extra fall flair. This recipe serves just 4, so you can easily bake it as part of your Thanksgiving menu for two and have a managable amount of leftovers.

  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

    Roasted Brussels sprouts are easy to make for two people. Just divide this recipe in half for the perfect amount of veggies for two people. Don't tell anyone, but we snuck some bacon into this recipe to make it extra delicious.

  • Roasted Vegetables

    This versatile recipe will enable you to make however many, and whatever type, of roasted vegetables you want for your Thanksgiving dinner! Bookmark this page to refer back to whenever you want to make easy roasted veggies.

  • 10 Minute Loaded Potato in a Jar

    This super easy mashed potato recipe can be adjusted for however many people you're serving at Thanksgiving dinner. It's loaded with cheesy flavor, and the Mason jar presentation is just too cute.

  • Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

    This easy Thanksgiving side dish takes classic flavors and transforms them into a tasty new pasta dish. You'll probably have a few leftovers of this recipe, but we don't think anyone will mind.

  • Smoky Salt and Vinegar Roasted Potatoes

    Roasted potatoes are a classic for a reason, and we love this smoky salt and vinegar version. This recipe serves 4, but you can easily cut it in half for the perfect Thanksgiving potato dish for two.

  • Fully Loaded Sweet Potatoes

    If you love sweet potato casserole, but you don't love the enormous serving size, then these fully loaded sweet potatoes are for you. Just bake as many sweet potatoes as you have dinner guests, and you'll have the perfect marshmallowy side dish.

  • Maple Brown Sugar Carrots

    This recipe is so good that it will convince carrot skeptics that this orange veggie is actually super delicious. We love the fall-inspired flavors of maple and brown sugar in this side dish.

Thanksgiving Desserts for Two People

  • Easy Muffin Tin Pumpkin Pies

    These mini pumpkin pies are perfect for smaller gatherings. This recipe makes 12 mini pies, so you can cut down the recipe if you want. You can also freeze the leftovers so that you can enjoy a mini pumpkin pie whenever you want in the weeks to come.

  • Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

    Mini cheesecakes are the perfect holiday treat, and we love this version with a cranberry swirl. They're super delicious and perfect for holiday gatherings of any size.

  • One-Minute Apple Crisp for One

    Make two of these delicious individual apple crisps, and you'll have the perfect Thanksgiving dessert for a couple. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the perfect finale to your holiday dinner!

  • Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake for One

    This is another dessert for one that you can easily make two batches of. Who needs a whole coffee cake when you can have the perfect amount for two people?

  • How to Make Caramel Apples

    Caramel apples are a fun fall dessert that is actually perfect for a small Thanksgiving gathering. Just make as many apples as you have guests, and you'll have a festive dessert that everyone will remember.

  • Individual Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

    If you love caramel apples, but want a dessert that is a little easier to eat, then give this caramel apple cheesecake dip a try. Serve it with shortbread cookies, apple slices, or graham crackers.

Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

  • Leftover Turkey Stew

    If you still wind up with some Thanksgiving leftovers, this turkey stew is a great way to use it up! This stew is rich, comforting, and perfect for chilly weather.

  • Thanksgiving Pizza

    We love this creative recipe for using up Thanksgiving leftovers! This yummy, cheesy pizza is a great way to prevent mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and more from going to waste.

  • Christmas Leftovers Panini

    This might be a Christmas leftovers panini, but it works equally well for Thanksgiving leftovers. Combine your favorite Thanksgiving flavors in to a delicious panini that's crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.

  • Old Fashioned Ham Salad

    If you cooked ham for Thanksgiving, this tasty ham salad is great way to use up leftovers. It makes a great appetizer or light lunch, and it's great with veggies or crackers.

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