The Perfect Thanksgiving Menu for Two [with Recipes]

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For Thanksgiving dinner this year, you might find yourself wanting to make a smaller meal, perhaps even just for two people. This post will provide you with a fantastic way to make a small Thanksgiving menu for two.

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A plate of food to celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of those meals that are often served for multitudes of people, but there’s no rule that says you have to cook for more than two people.

With our recipes for turkey, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake mousse, you can have a wonderful meal without tons of work or too many leftovers.

Create a Streamlined Menu

One of the best things to do when creating a Thanksgiving menu for 2 is to focus on the dishes you really like and skip the rest.

A streamlined menu is important for not overdoing it. So pick your 4 top dishes and one dessert and focus on making those dishes spectacular.

I recommend you focus on the dishes below, but you can certainly add something new or different. Why not serve Rack of Lamb or a Pork Roast instead?

With just two people, it’s not necessary to serve a large turkey, so we always make a roast turkey breast, instead. The recipe for this is below.

  • Turkey (a small turkey or a turkey breast)
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Stuffing
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

Thanksgiving Menu for Two

This Thanksgiving dinner menu serves 2-4 people. We like to have some left overs from the meal that we can eat the next day, or to create other dishes from (like leftover turkey casserole).

Instant Pot Turkey Breast
This Instant Pot Turkey Breast comes out perfectly moist and delicious in just 35 minutes. It’s the fastest and easiest way to cook a turkey breast for your holiday meal or even for a weekend.
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Instant Pot Turkey Breast
The Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich
Wondering what to do with all the leftovers from your Thanksgiving dinner? You are going to love this ultimate Turkey sandwich, stuffed with brie cheese, turkey slices, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, then slathered with rich turkey gravy.
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Half of a thanksgiving turkey sandwich
butcher box meat
Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
These creamy and smooth Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes can be made in as little as 13 minutes, smashing the record for how quickly you can make this dreamy side dish.
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
The Best Keto Mashed Cauliflower Recipe
This Keto Mashed Cauliflower is a great low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes. They have only 5 net grams of carbs per serving and are just as creamy and smooth as mashed potatoes.
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cauliflower mashed potatoes and gravy
Easy Keto Turkey Gravy
This Keto Turkey Gravy has just three ingredients but it turns out incredibly silky with a ton of taste, and without any carbs.
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Easy Keto Turkey Gravy
Roasted Green Beans and Mushrooms
Roasting green beans brings out the sweetness and heightens the natural flavors of the beans.
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roasted green beans and mushroosm
Low Carb Green Beans with Pesto and Feta
Low carb Green Beans with Pesto and Feta are a great side dish blending the bright flavor and aromatics of pesto with crunchy green beans and delicious feta cheese.
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Low Carb Green Beans with Pesto and Feta
Easy Air Fryer Green Beans
Air Fryer Green Beans are so simple to make and they turn out perfectly crispy and tender when cooked in the air fryer. So why not save yourself a few steps and cook your green beans with a tasty seasoning in the air fryer.
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Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing
You won't believe how good this stuffing tastes. The butter and cranberry meld with the pork sausage to create amazing flavor.
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Cranberry and Sausage Stuffing
Best Keto Stuffing Recipe
You might think that on a keto diet you can’t enjoy stuffing, but that’s not true. This Keto Stuffing Recipe is buttery and delicious – just the way you expect it to be.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Desserts
These no-bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Desserts are a fun alternative to the typical pumpkin pie that you can serve at Thanksgiving.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse
Mini Personal Pumpkin Pies
Mini pumpkin pies have just five simple ingredients plus those aromatic spices we all love at the holidays. And they're just so darn cute! These pies are a great way to serve individual desserts.
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Mini pumpkin pie


With this minimal Thanksgiving menu, you’ll have more than enough food and variety, but not so many left overs. There’s no need to do all the cooking and cleaning when it’s just the two of you!

Share with us what your favorite Thanksgiving dish is, and give us your tips for a Thanksgiving for two in the comments.

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11 thoughts on “The Perfect Thanksgiving Menu for Two [with Recipes]

  1. Linda Sanford says:

    Looks great! My partner has Heart failure and has to eat foods LOW in salt, sugar, fats, carbs, and potassium? It is hard enough for eating dinner every day, but a special occasion is really tough.

  2. Dana Sandonato says:

    This truly is the perfect menu! Simple, straightforward, and it’s got all of my faves! Seriously, all I need is the mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing anyway, haha 😉 And turkey leftovers for sammiches!

  3. Sharon says:

    What a great thanksgiving day menu for those looking to have a small two-person gathering. I love that all the favorites are part of this menu.

  4. Jess says:

    I love this! Not everyone has a huge family gathering so I am so happy to see some options for us too! And PS your tabletop is beautiful.

  5. Gina says:

    Love this! Still captures all the essential flavors and dishes of a traditional holiday but on a smaller scale. The table set up is so nice too. Inspiring to make it nice even for just us!

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