(Closed) How do I pull off Thanksgiving for two?

posted 9 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Rachel Ray has done a Thanksgiving special before. She does like turkey breasts and smaller portion options for Thanksgiving dinner. You could totally find the recipes for it on the food network. Then you can make just enough food for dinner for too and maybe a turkey sanwich for lunch the next day. Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

How about Thanksgiving on a Bun?  You buy the microwavable turkey (Jennie O), a jar of turkey gravy, Stovetop stuffing, mashed potatoes (homemade or boxed), cranberry sauce and hamburger buns.

You microwave the turkey (about 5 mins), make the stuffing and mashed potatoes…stack it all on a bun (including the cranberry sauce if you want to and cover with a little gravy!  This is a knife and fork sandwich.

Its sooo good!  Its great for any day, but it works well for a dinner for 2!

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think you should definitely cook something.  Even if he’s not very appreciative, you’ll feel happier than if you ate PB&J.  Cornish hens are really easy to prepare and there won’t be lots of leftovers.  You can make all of the sides in small portions.  For example, you can make mashed potatoes using only 3 potatoes.  You could buy mini tarts for dessert.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Oh, and some nice wine might help get him in the holiday spirit!  If you’re trying, I’m sure he’ll make an effort.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Last year I made Rachael Ray’s Early Bird Turkey (google it) It was so easy and Fiance LOVED it. Then we just made stove top, 1/2 a green bean casserole and some rolls.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’d do duck breasts with potatoes some greens and dressing. but I gotta say i Love the cornish hen idea too. But I’m a foodie , and so we’d have to cook something.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You can buy a turkey breast from Jennie-O. They are the best for a small group. I’m cooking one on Thursday for Fiance, my brother and his Girlfriend. They come in a box, vacuum sealed in juices. You just put it in and follow the box. It’s great and super easy!

If you are doing four or less, a whole turkey is a waste of meat and of your time. Go with the turkey breast. It’s the best part, big slices of white meat. A whole turkey that small (8lbs) just gives you a lot of bones and dark meat.

Good luck! And if you go the turkey breast route, don’t tell your Fiance how easy it was. Play it up like Betty Crocker!!

http://www.jennieo.com/products/PanRoasts/LeanWhiteTurkeyPanRoast.aspx

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

A waste? Girl I think you could make the full shebang and just say that since he’s a bachelor (I’m assuming since he’s alone on the holiday) you took care of this week’s meals for him. I mean really, who can’t get enough of Thanksgiving leftovers?

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think what you do is make thanksgiving food… but not ALL of it. Instead of doing turkey and stuffing and mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes and green bean casserole and cranberry sauce etc etc etc  just do a turkey (or even chicken) breast with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and a veggie. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Wow your Future Father-In-Law sounds like a barrel of laughs ๐Ÿ™‚ I must say I think you are a fantastic DIL – it would *never* occur to me to do what you are doing so I think you are wonderful! (That might have something to do with the fact that my Future Father-In-Law is a hermit, but I’m not sure I would drive 7 hours to spend time alone with my Future Mother-In-Law either, and she’s lovely.) I would cook a meal, to keep myself occupied and because I like eating good food and eating a toasted cheese sandwich would make me more depressed. Is there a cinema nearby? If you could eat a nice meal then spend the afternoon at the movies that might be a good way to get out of the house ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Have you thought about going to a shelter in the area or local church to help cook and serve those less fortunate and shut-ins?  It isn’t for everone, but on a day when you want to be in the kitchen and getting into the holiday spirit, it’s amazing how rewarding that can feel.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Just scale it down for the 2 of you- I made Thanksgiving for the 2 of us last year and it was super easy and I had a ton of fun. I made a turkey breast, roasted red skin potatoes, stuffing, and baked beans in the crock pot (his request). The turkey, potatoes and stuffing all cooked in the oven at the same time- it was so easy. And a pumkin pie takes about 5 minutes to assemble.

I scaled everything down to 3 servings because we wanted some leftovers- but not a lot, like you.

Good Luck!!

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