Fall Feast: Two-Person Thanksgiving Recipes

Whenever we stay home and don’t travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, Honey Bear and I throw down in the kitchen. We love making our favorite hearty foods and eating several plates between naps, watching football games, and binge-watching Netflix and Hulu. I’m putting our grocery list together right now and felt inspired to create and post this collection of two-person Thanksgiving recipes that can also make delicious fall and winter meals. 

Two-Person Thanksgiving Recipes


We’re not big fans of turkey in this house. On sandwiches, yes. Other than that we prefer not to confine ourselves to eating a wild bird just because it’s Thanksgiving. If we really want poultry we can have cornish hen, roasted Cuban chicken or even hit up Pollo a La Brasa or the Popeye’s chicken drive-through. We could also have oven-baked pork ribs or oxtails to make things feel more exciting and special. 

cornish game hen recipe

Other Ideas:

  • Oxtails
  • Oven-baked pork ribs


If we decide to make ribs, we’ll definitely need potato salad and baked beans. Macaroni and cheese and cornbread are also the perfect sides to whatever protein we make for our main dish. The perfect occasion to make Chef Mellie Peartree’s Southern Macaroni & Cheese recipe. We need to get some veggies in there, so roasted Brussel sprouts or sauteed cabbage and greens should offset the carb overload.


  • Roasted Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage or greens (Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, Collards, etc.) 
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cornbread


Thanksgiving dinner is not complete without dessert to cleanse the palate. And more than one type of dessert at that. Whether they’re from a local shop or homemade, I love the idea of having something warm, something cold, something smooth, and something crispy — a little dessert bar, if you will, to round things out. 

french apple pie

Other Ideas:

  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate chip cookies

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