Recipe Box, Thanksgiving on a small scale

I have heard from so many people

that they are having small Thanksgiving celebrations this year…

or perhaps no celebration at all,

just a normal dinner with their spouse or immediate family,

or perhaps with a friend or little Indian…

Well that hurts my holiday loving heart!

So I rounded up some of my favorite recipes

that will make it feel like Thanksgiving, even if it’s just for 2

Start off with a festive plate of nibbles,

a cheese straw pumpkin, turkey or pilgrim hat…

Everything Cocktail Cookies

Wrap your stuffing with bacon and give it a sweet orange glaze

Orange Glazed Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Balls

No need to make a big sweet potato casserole,

these twice baked sweet potatoes have all the flavors

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Here’s another unique way of serving stuffing…in a muffin!

Apple, Pecan and Pomegranate Stuffing Muffins

Wrap Brussels in bacon and cover with a sweet cranberry glaze

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Orange Glaze

Make a casserole with all the flavors of Thanksgiving,

chicken or turkey, stuffing, and vegetables

Thanksgiving Casserole

Buy a small sliced ham and cook in in your slow cooker

with a little bourbon and maple syrup

Maple Bourbon Glazed Ham

Cranberry Chicken can be prepped in 5 minutes

and you’ll never miss the turkey!

Cranberry Chicken

Green Bean Casserole?

No problem, mix it with chicken

and top it with a flaky pastry for an irresistible pot pie!

Chicken and Green Bean Casserole Pot Pie

Let flavorful chicken thighs fill in for the turkey

Bake them in a luscious mustard maple sauce

and top them with pecans before serving

Mustard Maple Pecan Chicken Thighs

Mix Cornbread and wild rice with chicken and mushrooms

to combine many favorites all in one dish

Cornbread and Wild Rice with Chicken and Mushrooms

Our little pilgrims are much too big to sit at this sweet little table now,

and 2 of our pilgrims will be elsewhere this Thanksgiving…

But even though are numbers are smaller, we will still celebrate!

Many of these recipes are perfect for using up leftovers too

And in case you missed it,

Here are some appetizers and desserts

we’re thinking about having for our celebration here

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

  Sundays on Silverado  Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday  Creatively Crafty

Thursday Favorite Things    Creative Cumpulsions Meal Plan Monday

32 Responses to “Recipe Box, Thanksgiving on a small scale”
  1. Rita C. says:

    I’ve decided it’s ham for this house. The trial run I made of chicken and stuffing did NOT appeal to me afterall. I tried to eat some of the leftovers……yuk. You’ve got some great sides there.

  2. A wonderful round-up of Thanksgiving recipes! Those darling grands can no longer sit at the little table, they grow up too fast. Our number just shrunk to 7 instead of 14, it makes me sad, but we will still have our grand feast. Happy Wednesday, Jenna!

  3. Martha says:

    They all sounds perfectly delicious! That photo with the four kids at the little table just melts my heart!

  4. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, all of these dishes look delicious! Seeing the kid’s table brings back so many wonderful memories. It is a little heartbreaking that many of our normal celebrations will be a little smaller this year. In my heart I still know we all have so much to be thankful for, and I pray that this will all be behind us soon. May you have a most blessed holiday season, dear friend!

  5. Lovely recipes, thank you for sharing. I’m afraid it going to be just my husband and myself this year with a Zoom visit in the afternoon with our kids and grandkids. There’s always next year!

  6. lulu says:

    Yes, Thanksgiving will be different and I have no idea what’s in store. I like your Brussels recipe as it’s a nice change.

  7. thefrenchhutch says:

    Adorable little faces there 🙂 Not sure how it’ll go here, may be two or not so haven’t planned the menu. Your recipes always look so delicious so I know where to come for ideas…….It is a very thankful season for which I am so grateful. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday…….

    • Thank you Emily, trying times, it is stressful not being able to plan and do normal holiday things even though we do have so much to be grateful for…at least there will be football! {Hopefully!!!}

  8. rawsonjl says:

    These are some really delicious sounding recipes! We often have Thanksgiving at home with just us and while it is a bit of work to cook the whole meal we do enjoy it so much.

    • I know a lot of people cook a big meal just for the leftovers! My family doesn’t really love turkey or leftovers 😂 my son is liable to BBQ something! I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!

  9. Cyndi Raines says:

    These sound really good. Hubby and I will probably end up at my sister’s, but I will still makeup some of our favorite dishes to have throughout the weekend. You have to have great leftovers to eat while putting up the Christmas decorations, right?, hehe. So much to be thankful for in spite of COVID!

  10. I think I would love any single one of these. I love the idea of wrapping bacon around stuffing! Pretty decadent but hey, that’s Thanksgiving. We will indeed be small — just us. Who knows? Some of these might appear on my table!

  11. diane in northern wis says:

    Thank you for such lovely sounding recipes for Thanksgiving. We will have a houseful and celebrate all day and into the evening! Half of the family descends from the original pilgrims and half have the indians in their background…so we always celebrate Thanksgiving! Hope you and yours have a great one!

    • Oh wow, that sounds like such a fun celebration!! I am so glad you are able to keep your tradition this year! I love Thanksgiving recipes, and many of these were created at other times during the year when I was longing for a taste of Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Diane!

  12. Nancy says:

    Thank you for this round up! And those littles! Adorable!

  13. Rachelle says:

    Yes Jenna, more than ever we need to celebrate the holidays. I clicking over the the twice baked sweet potato 🙂

  14. lghiggins says:

    I’m a traditionalist when it comes to holidays, but I think your idea of using your recipe ideas with the leftovers is perfect.

  15. Julie says:

    Thanks for sharing this round up of Thanksgiving recipes Jenna. They all looks so good and delicious to eat.

  16. Miz Helen says:

    Congratulations! Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate 511 this week and we have pinned your post to our special Features Board! Thanks so much for sharing with us and your have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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