Thanksgiving For One | One Dish Thanksgiving Dinner

four photos of dishes served at thanksgiving: turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and stuffing


Dining solo this Thanksgiving or are you preparing for a Thanksgiving meal on a smaller scale? You will love these wonderful single serving and small batch Thanksgiving dinner menu ideas. These “Thanksgiving for one” recipe ideas include recipes for turkey, dressing, side dishes, and desserts. Perfect for one or two. Your complete Thanksgiving menu!

Eight pictures of single serving Thanksgiving dishes.

Whether by choice or by circumstance, enjoying a Thanksgiving meal without a crowd can indeed be a blessing to be thankful for. No special Thanksgiving menu to think about, no spirited talk of politics, just a peaceful meal.

If you’re used to sharing Thanksgiving with extended family and friends, this year might look a little different. This is actually the perfect time to create a new menu, make new memories and start new traditions. With these single serving and small batch Thanksgiving recipes, you can create your own menu by picking and choosing a few recipes listed below or make them all – after all, there’s nothing better than Thanksgiving leftovers, right?

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Why These Recipes Work

  • They’re all single serving recipes so you won’t have too many leftovers to deal with.
  • If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving with a small group, you might find these recipes to be perfect amount for your gathering.
  • Each of these recipes are easy to make and don’t require fancy ingredients.

The Turkey

When you think of a Thanksgiving menu, you most likely think about cooking a turkey. If you’re cooking for one, you won’t want to cook a whole turkey. Instead, consider cooking a turkey breast or turkey cutlets. Both will yield the perfect amount for one (or possibly two).

You might also want to consider making a turkey roast. This will leave you with some leftover turkey which would be perfect to use in sandwiches or to use in place of chicken in chicken soup, chicken salad or chicken pot pie.

The Sides

The key to a wonderful Thanksgiving meal are often the side dishes. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here too.

From a traditional sweet potato casserole to mashed potatoes and dressing to everything in between, we’ve got personal sized recipes galore.

The Desserts

Last but certainly not least are Thanksgiving desserts. Perhaps the most important part of all Thanksgiving recipes – we’re sharing single serving pecan pie, apple pie, and of course, pumpkin pie.

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So you see, you can still enjoy the turkey and all the trimmings in single serving sizes. So scroll down to see the entire Thanksgiving dinner menu with all of our single serving recipes.

From the turkey to the dessert, we’ve got you covered.

Here are the Thanksgiving for One Recipe categories (click to go to category):

Thanksgiving Dinner For One Recipes

Easy turkey breast recipe showing how to cook a juicy herb-crusted turkey breast. No basting necessary for this turkey recipe. A turkey breast is perfect for serving one or two people, it’s easier to make and less expensive than roasting a whole turkey.

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Roast Turkey Breast Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

Tender and juicy turkey roast with white and dark meat. Easier to make than a whole turkey and a great turkey recipe for a small gathering.

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Herb Crusted Turkey Roast | One Dish Kitchen

This turkey cutlets recipe is so easy! Perfectly seasoned turkey cutlets are cooked in one pan along with onions and garlic and served with a flavorful pan gravy. A wonderful single serving meal that can be ready in minutes.

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Turkey Cutlets Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes For One

This is the best homemade mashed potatoes recipe! Two Gold potatoes cooked in garlic infused milk and cream, mashed, and blended with butter, a touch of olive oil, and tangy stone-ground mustard. An absolutely delicious single serving mashed potatoes recipe.

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mashed potatoes for one | One Dish Kitchen

Easy to make Cranberry Sauce recipe for one. This simple, classic Thanksgiving side dish is made with only 4 ingredients! It’s fresh tasting and absolutely delicious.

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cranberry sauce | one dish kitchen

This dressing recipe is the perfect one to use when planning your Thanksgiving meal or any meal! Soft sourdough bread is flavored with sausage, sage, onions, and toasted nuts.

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thanksgiving dressing | one dish kitchen

This classic single serving Sweet Potato Casserole recipe can be made using cooked or canned sweet potatoes. Filled with spices, pecans, lightly sweetened with brown sugar and topped with marshmallows, this traditional sweet potato casserole is the perfect size for one!

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Sweet Potato Casserole with toasted marshmellows in a white ramekin

This is the best roasted carrots recipe and makes the perfect amount if you’re cooking for one. Two carrots seasoned simply with olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper then oven roasted to perfection and tossed with melted butter. The perfect side dish to any meal.

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carrots in a dish with napkins and raw carrots | One Dish Kitchen

Rice pilaf is a wonderful side dish that is so easy to make. See just how using these simple steps with just a few flavorful ingredients can transform a side dish of rice. Made with broth, onions, garlic, and butter, this wonderful rice pilaf can be ready in minutes!

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Rice Pilaf For One | One Dish Kitchen

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Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes For One

Pumpkin Pie For One – All the wonderful flavors and ingredients you’ll find in a traditional pumpkin pie recipe can be found in this perfectly rich and smooth single serving pumpkin pie!  

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Pumpkin Pie For One |

This Single Serving Pecan Pie has all the flavors you love in a pecan pie. This single serving dessert is made with a buttery shortbread crust and a rich, pecan filled filling.

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Finished Pecan Pie shown in a baking dish

Sweet Potato Pie For One – This popular Southern dessert starts with a buttery graham cracker crust and is filled with perfectly spiced sweet potato custard. Top this tasty pie with a spoonful of maple whipped cream and you’ve got an amazing single serving dessert.

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Sweet Potato Pie For One | One Dish Kitchen

A classic recipe for Homemade Apple Pie made with a flaky crust and one sweet juicy apple. This single serving apple pie recipe provides you with a scrumptious dessert without leftovers!

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Apple Pie For One | One Dish Kitchen

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does Tradition Matter?

A Thanksgiving meal usually includes the traditional turkey dinner but if you’re not a fan of turkey or if you simply want to change things up, consider making any of these non-traditional meals which would be absolutely delicious options:
* Chicken Caprese
* Baked Stuffed Fish
* Pumpkin Soup

Expert Tips

  • Plan your menu as soon as you can. This way you can gather the ingredients you need for the recipes you make early and not have to search for items that may be out of stock at the store.
  • Read through the recipes you’d like to make to determine which ones can be made ahead of time so that you are not cooking everything all at once.
  • If you’re cooking for just you this year, bring out the nice linens and use the good plates. You are special and worth it!

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