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Nov 11, 2012 12:27 PM

alone Thanksgiving - what to eat


I find I will be spending Thanksgiving alone this year. What is a simple, festive meal I can prepare for myself? My family will be calling and I would like to tell them I had something good.

  1. Why not do a small scale version of the traditional?
    Roast up a turkey leg or 2, bake a sweet potato and make a small batch of fresh cranberry sauce.
    A few years back it was only 2 of us for T-Day so I made just a turkey breast, got a good pie from a local bakery, and did half-recipes of a few of our fave side dishes. Still had leftovers for a few days.

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    1. re: iluvcookies


      and for dessert, an individual pumpkin pie or custard (baked in a ramekin) topped with fresh whipped cream.

      1. re: iluvcookies

        If I were going to do a mini Thanksgiving, I'd do cornish game hen and everything miniature.


            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Roasted mini-potatoes, salad made with micro-greens, steamed miniature summer squash...

              1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                Yes, exactly. Pumpkin tartlets for dessert.


                1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                  And maybe something with quail egg or, at least roe. Hmmmm...anchovy something.

                  Maybe tiny pasta something, couscous or orzo.


              2. Maybe a one-dish recipe so you don't have a lot of dishes to do? Pumpkin stuffed with everything good?


                1. While not alone, hubby & I eat two vastly different things so I make 1 meal for myself & 1 meal for him. He likes the butternut squash ravioli. I do make myself a turkey as I love leftovers, but in years past I've make turkey tenderloins, a turkey "roll" and a turkey breast. I don't bother with stuffing or mashed potatoes. Just serve with your fave sides.

                  TBH I just eat a Tastykake pumpkin pie as I can't eat a whole pie myself and there's just something about the Tastykake pies.

                  1. How about a Cornish game hen instead of turkey?

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                    1. re: escondido123

                      I second this. I did that for a friend and I 2 Thanksgivings ago. I also did a roasted chicken one year when I was alone, with my favorite normal side dishes (rosemary roasted potatoes, sauteed green beans w/ bacon), and had brownies for dessert.

                      1. re: juliejulez

                        One year when it was just my husband and me, we did much better than turkey.

                        1. re: escondido123

                          I was thinking of Fillet Mignon. A departure from the norm, but good, and easy, esp for me if hubby cooks it on the grill!! We'll do a turkey sometime before Christmas though, they are just so darned good!!

                          1. re: escondido123

                            Exactly. It doesn't *have* to be turkey. Make it something you wouldn't normally make - if you can, splurge on yourself. Surf and turf - lobster tail and a filet. Or a duck breast with a pan sauce and butternut squash risotto.

                            1. re: escondido123

                              One year DH & I got live Dungeness crabs in Oakland Chinatown & had ourselves an amazing crab feed orgy all weekend long. Turned out to be the best sweetest crabs all that season.

                        2. Wish you lived closer Miss Mary....I'd invite you to eat with us...Nothing fancy....just good eats. ~~ Just finished picking up, cracking and picking out almost two quarts of pecans....So there will be pecan pie I can garontee it!! :) The little brown-eyed girl makes an awesome pie!! ~~

                          Maybe ya can roast a small chicken....make some dressing,...Bake a sweet beans etc.
                          How about a pork tenderloin? Cooks in a jiffy!! Tender as a mother's love! Yum!!