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Thanksgiving pared down

Just pondering. How simple could one make it? Oh, not a turkey sandwich, but maybe salad, turkey risotto, and pumpkin cheesecake. ?? Any thoughts on keeping it simple?

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  1. Simple is easy. The few times it been just the three of us I roast a smallish turkey and keep the sides to a min. Usually stuffing, mashed and a salad or veggie. Dessert from the local culinary school.

    I much prefer a big get together and going all out though. It's my all time favorite holiday.

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    1. How many people? If only 2 or 3 you could roast a chicken- better yet, treat yourself to a Zuni chicken.

      1. You could make a roasted turkey breast. I just made it the other night. I follow a recipe from Cook's Illustrated and it's easy and good. Not sure how many people you are talking about but the turkey breast feeds 5-6 people or there are even half breasts on the bone that feed about 3.

        1. My thoughts ran something like this: no no no no NO. There must be many pies, a huge pan of dressing (cornbread dressing, not stuffing, people here), ALL the potatoes, deviled eggs, etc etc etc.

          It's weird that I'm not an emotional eater or feeder, but the idea of not having our "favorites" on the table is somewhat depressing.

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          1. re: shanagain

            I think simple can be good, & I second the idea of a turkey breast, smoked or roasted, & I would add in all your favorite sides, w/ smaller quantities. Sometimes, in trying to stick w/ tradition, T'giving goes over the top & is more of a stress than it should be. If you already have a large group to cook for, that's fine, but you can do a lovely smaller celebratory meal, too.

            1. re: thistle5

              Yes, add the sides that you like. For a small group, even 3 people, I'd still make brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce or something like that. I don't mind having leftovers of those but I don't want a million pounds of turkey left over.

          2. Don't feel pressured by the overachievers on Chowhound, or the food network, or your relatives! I like the dark meat, I would do stuffed turkey thighs, maybe some mushroom risotto (maybe with turkey stock), a salad of arugula, roasted squash and pecans. My DH would insist on cranberry sauce. And pumpkin cheesecake sounds wonderful.

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            1. re: firecooked

              how wonderful to look so forward to your kind invite-put us down for 2 please :)

              1. re: iL Divo

                This year I'm going to my brothers... so while I will get the stuffed thighs, there will be mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, pumpkin and pecan pies along with the rest of the turkey. But I'm planning something smaller scale for Christmas!