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A Small Thanksgiving Menu: for 4 people or less

Small Thanksgiving Menu

If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with just a few people, like we will, it’s hard to decide what to cook. I’m often torn between making everything I want, and making only the essentials. It makes planning pretty difficult because I just don’t want to miss out on anything.

Over the years, I’ve figured out an easy way to make sure I don’t have to sacrifice the holiday spirit without going overboard. There are just some basics you don’t want to miss out on, like stuffing and turkey, and there are a few things you’ll have to let go, like having a selection of pies to choose from.

For those of you who are in the same predicament as me, I’ve planned out a small, but still full menu for your Thanksgiving this year. Make everything on the menu, or tailor it to suit your needs. Either way, I’ve got you covered.

APPETIZER:

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus by Pinch of Yum

Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus

MAIN DISH:

Brined Turkey Breast - ateaspoonofhappiness.com

Simple Brined Turkey Breast

SIDE DISHES:

Stuffing

Homemade Stuffing with Savory Herbs and Cranberries

Cranberry Relish | A Teaspoon of Happiness

Cranberry Relish

Roasted Fennel and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Fennel and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Simple Skillet Green Beans by Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Simple Skillet Green Beans

DESSERT:

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp - ateaspoonofhappiness.com

Salted Caramel Apple Crisp

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