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So the Fiance and I live in Chicago, IL, while our families are in South Florida. We’re not going home for Thanksgivng cause the airfares are just ridiculous lol.. And besides, I don’t mind spending our holidays alone once in a while..
Soo… I need some help! lol. I still wanna somewhat make us a thanskgiving meal, but without the dishes being a serving of 25 lol.
What are some alternatives to not having to bake an ENTIRE turkey? lol
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- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We had a Thanksgiving for just us two a few years ago, and he made a roast chicken instead of a whole turkey…
It was super fun – I loved just hanging out and cooking and drinking wine all day, just the two of us.
If you have other friends around for the holiday, it’s also pretty fun to do an “orphan Thanksgiving” with everyone.
ETA: Oh wait, it was a Cornish hen. Or maybe two? They were delicious and it still felt very Thanksgiving-y to roast a whole bird.
Post # 4
You could always do just a turkey breast or even turkey cutlets. Most grocery stores sell both of them in addition to regular turkeys.
Post # 5
Darling Husband and I celebrated just the two of us last month. We did turkey breasts in a slow cooker with apples and cranberry sauce after I saw the recipe here posted by someone else. We also had stuffing and veggies, and had a good amount of leftovers that we were able to finish ourselves.
You could go more traditional with turkey breasts in the oven, and there are quite a few places that sell pre-stuffed smaller cuts of turkey meat. I know both M&Ms and Superstore do that.
Post # 6
My mom and dad had a private Thanksgiving a few years ago with Cornish hens. I did this once for my fiance and me — I made mini Thanksgiving. Cornish hen is delicious and they’re really easy to bake. Then you can do things like make stuffing muffins, and small amounts of other things, and then mini pies.
I am jealous!
Post # 7
- Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World
Great idea with the cornish hens! FI will be coming home from deployment soon after Thanksgiving and we’re in the same boat, since our families live states away. And…Fiance doesn’t care for turkey and would rather have ham, lol. These are the compromises we make for our near and dear…sigh.. :-p
Post # 8
boneless turkey breasts are always available in my grocery store, as are turkey cutlets and turkey tenderloin. you may have to ask, but they should have something. i’ve made them before, and did up a small batch of stuffing and mashed potatoes.
we’re unable to go home too. so, we’re not having thanksgiving food on thanksgiving (my friend is coming down, and she’s canadian so they already had thanksgiving. plus, Fiance isn’t a huge fan of hot turkey, he only likes it on sandwiches). but my parents are coming to see us at the end of the month, so i’m pretty sure we’ll do some sort of thanksgiving-ish meal.
if i can find the cookbook it’s in, i have a recipe for turkey in the crock pot, for two people. lemme go look through my bookshelf really quick. if i can find it, i will post it here.
Post # 9
Thank you soooo much! I was really nervous.. But all of your posts are making me really excited! I’ve never tried the cornish game hen. They remind of that funny commercial where th elady says “..and everyone can get their little own baby chicken on their little own baby plate” haha!
I’ll look up recipes.. Depending on which is easier, I’ll choose between the cornish game hen and the turkey breast!
I’m not a big meat eater.. Im more excted about the sides lol
Post # 10
i found the recipe, for anyone who’s interested. it’s for the crock pot (a 3-quart one).
Turkey Breast Cutlets with Sweet Potatoes & Cranberry Brown Gravy-
(i’m pretty sure regular potatoes would work as well)
2 medium-size sweet potatoes or garnet yams, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch-thick slices
4 ounces green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 large shallot, sliced
1 pound of turkey breast cutlets
1 1.2oz package turkey gravy mix
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tbsp heavy cream
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1. In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the gravy mix, water, wine, and cranberry sauce, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and whisk until thickened and the cranberry sauce has melted. Stir in the cream and dried cranberries. Set aside.
2. Spray the inside of the crock with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the potato slices in the bottom of the crock. Then add the green beans and the shallot. Roll up each cutlet and place in a layer on top of the vegetables.
3. Pour the warm cranberry gravy over the cutlets and vegetables. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-7 hours, until the turkey and potatoes are tender.
4. Remove the turkey, place on a platter, surround with the vegetables, and spoon the gravy over it all. Serve immediately while hot.
(from “Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two”)
Post # 11
@colorofmyheart: thanks for sharing!
Post # 12
I did Christmas with Fiance the first year we lived together. We did a turkey crown (breast meat on the bone) and it was just like a large chicken! 🙂
I don’t know if it’s common in the USA, but in the UK we have a thing called a ‘Sunday Roast’ and every single Sunday I make a whole roast chicken, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots & parsnips, and greens, with gravy.
Christmas dinner is much like that, really! But with a few more extras 🙂 And if I can do it every single week for just 2 people, I could do it for Christmas for 2!
I cook up one large carrot, one large parsnip and 4 medium potatoes (1 each for roasties, one each for mash). The use the rest of the chicken for leftovers – do you have Thanksgiving leftovers? They would be yum!
Post # 13
@colorofmyheart: wow thanks!! i think i’m gonna make that
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You can get partial cut up turkey parts at Whole Foods, the butchers there are AWESOME. There’s this amazing dry brine rub at Williams Sonoma that you can use, then roast it. If you want to stray from turkey, Food52 has this amazing spatchcocked braise roasted chicken.
Steam 2 potatoes to make garlic mashed potatoes, get gravy and deglaze your turkey/chicken roasting pan, saute some green beans and bake some sweet potatoes!
Post # 16
@missporkchops: Thanks!! For some reason, I didn’t even think of Whole Foods! Great idea!