I am hopeful that this year will mean smaller gatherings for people in the US for Thanksgiving. I wanted to assist with your small Thanksgiving gathering. This round up is perfect for Thanksgivings sizes 1-4. These recipes make about 4 servings each, which is perfect for 1-4 people and leftovers if less than 4 people! Tyler and I have had so many small Thanksgivings when we lived in St. Louis and couldn’t make it home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukah. So, we usually chose the latter and I would make us a small Thanksgiving meal like this.
I do also want to take this time to bring up Thanksgiving and how we learn about it. Thanksgiving is something I now celebrate as a time for good food and showing thanks and gratitude for the ones I love. However, the story we learned as kids about Thanksgiving is so off and really shouldn’t be a part of the celebration, but rather a learning opportunity. Please do NOT dress in Native American headdresses. Please take the day to maybe educate yourself and the ones you love. Especially young children. Many Native Americans see Thanksgiving as a day of mourning and triggering. Remember, “pilgrims” led a mass genocide to the Native American population.
- Here’s an article from NPR addressing how to address the subject: https://www.npr.org/2019/11/24/782403538/teaching-thanksgiving
- And one from the Smithsonian Mag: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thanksgiving-myth-and-what-we-should-be-teaching-kids-180973655/
Hopefully, you will consider and implement the above before celebrating along with me.
Table of Contents
Celebrating a Mini Thanksgiving
- Small Batch Turkey Tenderloins
- Small Batch Mashed Potatoes
- Small Batch Stuffing
- Small Batch Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Small Batch Challah Rolls
- How to Set-up a Mini Thanksgiving
- Ginger Pear Pie
- Apple Crumble Pie
- Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake
- Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Thanksgiving Favorites and Leftover Recipes
Now, I’ll go into some best tips for making small batch Brussel sprouts.
How long do you roast Brussel sprouts for?
This does depend on how you’ve prepared them. Since I slice mine fairly thin I roast at 425° F for 18-22 minutes. Keep an eye on them as I like mine a little toastier/crunchier. If you’re just slicing in half, the time will increase.
Small Batch Side Dishes
I love doing Brussel sprouts a small batch side dish as they usually come in fairly small packages. I also think the prep time of just cutting off the bums and slicing thinly, tossing in some oil and seasoning is just so easy! I want things that are simple and easy day of.
Can I reheat Brussel sprouts?
Sure! Once I roast them though, I like to reheat them in the oven as I don’t like them to get mushy. Just preheat your oven to 400 ° F and cook for about 5ish minutes. Keep an eye on them!
Sheet Pan Brussel Sprouts
Yes, these are considered sheet pan Brussel sprouts. You toss them in oil, seasoning, place on a sheet pan and into the oven! So simple and easy!
- 14 oz Brussel sprouts sliced thinly
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lemon zested and juiced
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 425° F and prepare a lipped baking sheet with or without foil*.
- In a medium to large bowl, toss Brussel sprouts with 2 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp lemon zest, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Lay Brussel sprouts across sheet as evenly as possible. Place in oven.
- Bake for 18-22 minutes, mixing or flipping sprouts about half-way through.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve and enjoy!