How exactly to scale down Thanksgiving this year if you’re cooking for 1 or 2

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year?
How are you celebrating Thanksgiving this year? (Pexels.)

We’ve all had to get creative when it comes to celebrating holidays this year, thanks to COVID-19, and Thanksgiving isn’t looking any different.

With governors across the country recommending that families keep Thanksgiving gatherings to just their own households, cooking up a giant turkey packed with stuffing might not be as realistic for some, especially if you live alone or with a roommate or two.

You could always scrap a traditional Thanksgiving meal and make whatever your heart desires, but if you still find yourself craving turkey, potatoes, stuffing and the rest of the Thanksgiving goodness, here are some ways that you can scale down your menu so you don’t end up with a fridge full of leftovers.


Thanksgiving isn’t complete without turkey, but cooking one for just a few people is going to mean you’ll have leftovers for days, if not weeks.

While some may want leftovers, it’s also a lot of work to do a whole turkey, so why not just make two turkey breasts? Or if you want dark meat, try cooking just a turkey leg.

Turkey is such a versatile meat to prepare, too, so don’t be afraid to try different methods. You can marinate it, soak it in a brine, bake it, deep fry it and even smoke it. Don’t be scared -- take some risks. Thanksgiving is different this year, so go with a different way to prep your bird.

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