6 Clever Small-Batch Thanksgiving Recipes
Serve a scaled-down feast without sacrificing flavor.
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Whether you've tackled Thanksgiving dinner for years or you're preparing for your first-ever feast, there's a good chance you're starting at square one when it comes to turkey day 2020. Lucky for you, we've got the recipes you need. Forget figuring out how to cut your classics in half. These scaled-down recipes make planning for a smaller crowd easy, and we promise they deliver in the flavor department.
This one-pan roasted chicken (pictured above) is perfect for the host who doesn't want to tackle an entire turkey; it's also great for those who are feeding a smaller crowd and still want a juicy bird over hearty vegetables, like potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Even better, this dish takes a little over two hours to cook.
You know Thanksgiving isn't complete without the sweet potatoes. Mini marshmallows and ramekins are key when it comes to making a scaled-down casserole filled with all the familiar flavors. This recipe makes four creamy potato sides with sweet, toasty marshmallows in every bite.
Just because you're hosting a small crowd or feeding only your immediate family this year is no reason to skip any of sides, including the green bean casserole. Use a shallow pie plate for the best balance of veggies and crispy fried onions in every serving.
Don't need dozens of rolls? This is the perfectly portioned recipe for you. While you will need to let the dough rise a few times, you can start the rolls a day ahead, which will make it easy to get them on the table at just the right time.
You won't have to worry about dessert for days with this 5-Star cobbler recipe. Fill ramekins with cinnamon-spiced apples and top with an easy biscuit dough — and don't forget the ice cream! The individually sized desserts pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We think this is the best way to finish your feast on a sweet note without having to overindulge again the following day or, worse, letting good food go to waste.
Perhaps the quickest way to make a complete Thanksgiving dinner for four is to break out the sheet pans. You can whip up the sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, stuffing, turkey and even the cranberry sauce without dirtying every dish in the house. Fans call this recipe "super easy and delicious," and we couldn't agree more.