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23 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes for a Small Group

Having a pared-down Thanksgiving celebration this year, with just your immediate family or some close friends? Try these bite-sized recipes. They're simple, affordable and don't require you to make sacrifices when it comes to oven space.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Gravy

Save space in the oven for all your side dishes, and use a pressure cooker to get the turkey done in a flash. It retains all the moisture and flavor, giving you tender meat and plenty of sauce that you can turn into gravy.

Mini Apple Pies

"I halved the recipe and it was still enough to make 11 mini pies. They came out great! Perfect warm out of the oven with my morning coffee!"


Instant Pot Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Some of the best tasting mashed potatoes you'll ever make. Making them in an Instant Pot makes this recipe one of the easiest as well!

Pumpkin & Mixed Greens Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

Seasonal pumpkin and toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) come together in this perfect-for-Thanksgiving salad. Salads are easily scaleable, so you can adjust the quantities depending on how many people are at your table this year.

Baked Mushroom Stuffing

"THE most delicious stuffing, and one I'll be making again and again. I used stuffing mix and followed the recipe exactly, except for adding four cloves of minced garlic. A superb combination of flavors."

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Sweet Cornbread

"Perfect cornbread! Moist, slightly sweet and very delicious. It also works well to bake it a day or two ahead of time. It keeps beautifully!"

-Marg CaymanDesigns

Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

"I made this tonight and it was so easy and delicious! Very creamy, although I added a little bit more milk to make it a little bit more to my desired consistency. It has a great flavor and I love the fact that I can do it all in one pot without having to bake it forever in the oven."


Instant Pot Cheesy Jalapeño Corn Casserole

Corn pudding meets corn soufflé in this Thanksgiving side. It's cheesy, hearty and slightly spicy.

Lentil Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

"Awesome! Made a great lunch, and we'll be making it again this week for dinner. We used a generous amount of smoked paprika, and the flavor was excellent. We liked the queso fresco, and this week we will try feta."

-Larry Spaghetti

Instant Pot Bread Pudding

"We thought the result was outstanding! Delicious and enjoyed even by the three grandchildren! Seven people = all gone!"


Quick Turkey Pot Pie

"This recipe is so easy to make and tastes so good. I ended up eating half the pan before I realized it! Had to force myself to quit! I even added a little shredded white cheddar cheese."

-Dennesa L.

Brussels Sprouts Bites

Shaved Brussels sprouts combined with cheddar and baked into easy bite-sized portions. These are great for smaller dinners!

Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes

"Oh, these are so good and look so gourmet! My family thought I was amazing when I set these on our table. I did add some crispy bacon in with the potato mixture, but otherwise followed the recipe. I did bake these right away, but plan to take a day to make a second bunch and freeze."


Garlic & Cream Cheese Corn

"I cannot imagine how a recipe could get more ingredient-, budget-, family- and prep-friendly than this tasty side dish. I love garlic and corn, but never thought of them as being especially compatible flavor-wise, but they are great together in this recipe."


Crunchy Apple Pie

"I have to give this recipe five stars because I made it for the first time yesterday, entered the pie in our local Park District's Pie Contest and won the 'Best Tasting Pie' award! That says a lot about the recipe, because I am not a very experienced pie maker at all."

-Marie Nixon

10-Minute Lime Pies

"WHOA. Did not expect this to be SO DELICIOUS considering how easy it was to make! Great recipe."


Pecan Pie Brownies

Decadent pecan pie filling meets fudgy, gooey brownies? It's a yes from us. These bars are perfect for sharing, and they keep well through the week if you have leftovers

Mini Pumpkin Pies

"Pumpkin pie is my all-time favorite, and I loved the idea of individual tarts. If I make a whole pie just for the two of us, I find we keep eating 'til it's gone, and that is not so good for the waistline. To be able to bring out just a couple at a time, is much more to my liking."


Individual Apple or Pear Crisps

"So delicious! I used pears, but any fruit would be lovely! If you like a big dessert the whole recipe is good but it can also serve two really easily!"


Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Bake

"I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! I ate the leftovers for lunch at work and they were still great. I will be making this again for sure!"


Campbell's Mini Green Bean Casseroles

"These are amazing! Do yourself a favor and make these little "green bean muffins." They are easy, delicious and show-stopping. I ate two leftover biscuits for breakfast the next day; they heat up beautifully in the microwave in just 20 — 30 seconds."


Cranberry Butter

"Delicious over toast! So pretty too. What a beautiful color. With it's beautiful red color, this would be great for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Valentine's day!"


Bonus: Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf

Looking for a non-traditional way to celebrate Thanksgiving with your immediate family or another small group? This meatloaf, made with ground turkey, makes for a fun (and slightly silly) centerpiece that tastes excellent, too!