How to Make Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

When you’re only cooking for two on Thanksgiving, there’s no need for a full turkey, mounds of stuffing, and a whole pie at the end—unless you want weeks of tasty leftovers! If you’d rather save the room in your refrigerator, though, you can easily shrink the traditional Thanksgiving meal to the perfect proportions for just two people. You’ll save time and money, and still feel like you’ve enjoyed the full feast.

[Edit]Ingredients
[Edit]Herb-Roasted Turkey Breasts
of turkey breast
1 tbsp (2.4 g) of fresh chopped thyme
4 fresh sage leaves
1 tsp (5 g) of salt
¼ tsp (0.5 g) of black pepperMakes 2 servings

[Edit]Mashed Potato Side Dish for Two
of potatoes
½ cup (118 mL) of whole milk or heavy cream
1 tbsp (14 g) of unsalted butter
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to tasteMakes 2 servings

[Edit]Single Serving Stuffing Cups
1 loaf of white bread, cubed
pancetta, diced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 celery stalks, sliced thinly
1 leek, sliced thinly
5 fresh sage leaves, chopped
3 fresh sprigs of thyme
1 cup (236 mL) of low sodium chicken stock
2 eggs, lightly beaten
½ tbsp (17 g) salt
½ tsp (1 g) of black pepperMakes 12 stuffing cups

[Edit]Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
15 oz of pumpkin puree
¾ cup (170 g) of sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp (5 mL) of vanilla
¾ cup (177 mL) of evaporated milk
⅔ cup (85 g) of flour
¼ tsp (1.5 g) of baking soda
¼ tsp (2 g) of baking powder
2 tsp (3.4 g) of pumpkin spice
¼ tsp (1.25 g) of salt
Whipped creamMakes 12 cupcakes

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Herb-Roasted Turkey Breasts
Lift the turkey skin and sprinkle it with spices. Start with of turkey breast, thawed following the package’s instructions. Place it on a flat, clean surface, like a cutting board, and gently lift up the skin. Sprinkle it evenly with 4 fresh sage leaves, 1 tbsp (2.4 g) of fresh chopped thyme, 1 tsp (5 g) of salt, and ¼ tsp (0.5 g) of black pepper.[1]You can also add other spices to suit your taste, like rosemary or oregano.
Put the skin back and drizzle the turkey with olive oil. Set the skin back down on top of the spices. Lightly drizzle the turkey breasts with olive oil, which will help it cook better and give it a fuller flavor.[2]
Bake the turkey for 2-2.5 hours at . Preheat your oven to . When it’s ready, place your turkey breasts in a baking dish and use oven mitts to set it inside. Let it bake for 2-2.5 hours, or according to the package instructions, until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of .[3]The turkey should turn a golden brown when it’s done.
Let the turkey cool, then slice and serve. Pull out the turkey with oven mitts when you’re done and allow it to cool for about 15 minutes. Then simply slice it width-wise and serve![4]If you have any leftover, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and foil and place it in the freezer. When you’re ready to reheat it, place it in a shallow pan with a bit of water and heat it for 15 minutes per pound, until its internal temperature is .[Edit]Mashed Potato Side Dish for Two
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Pour water into a medium saucepan and add a generous amount of salt. Set it on the stove over high heat until it starts to boil.[5]You can let the water boil while you start to prep your potatoes.
Peel of potatoes and cube them. Use a potato peeler to remove the skin from your potatoes. Using a chef’s knife, cut them in half and then in quarters, lengthwise. Then, chop the quarters into thin strips and finally small cubes.[6]The smaller the cubes, the easier they’ll be to mash later on.
Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes. Once the water is boiling, carefully pour in your potatoes and let them simmer for 15-20 minutes. They should be soft and almost falling apart before you take them off.[7]
Warm butter and milk or cream in the microwave. As your potatoes boil, melt 1 tbsp (14 g) of unsalted butter in the microwave until it’s just liquid. In a separate bowl, heat ½ cup (250 mL) of whole milk or heavy cream until it’s warm.[8]
Drain the potatoes, add the butter, and mash them up. Use potholders to lift the potato pot from the stove and pour the boiling water out in the sink. Set them back on the stove over medium heat and pour in the butter. Stir the potatoes vigorously to help evaporate any residual water and start smashing and breaking them apart with a wooden spoon or fork to get a “mashed” texture.[9]For a smoother texture, use a potato masher.
Pour in the milk or cream slowly and add salt and pepper to taste. Once all the leftover water has evaporated and you’ve smashed the potatoes to your desired texture, slowly pour in your milk or cream and any cream cheese or sour cream you want to add. Stir continuously as you pour and keep cooking and stirring until the potatoes are hot, smooth, and creamy. Then turn off the heat and serve![10]Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve with butter or gravy.
This recipe doesn’t make very much mashed potatoes, but if you still have a bit leftover, you can store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 5 days.[Edit]Single Serving Stuffing Cups
Butter your muffin tray and preheat the oven to . Start to prepare your cooking area by turning on your oven and starting to preheat it. Meanwhile, melt a small amount of butter in the microwave and paint it onto each muffin cup with a pastry brush, making sure to get all sides and the bottom of the cup.[11]Set the muffin tray aside while you prepare the stuffing.
Toast your cubed bread in the oven for 10 minutes. Place your bread cubes on 2 sheet pans, making sure to keep them to a single layer. Set them inside the oven for about 10 minutes, removing them when they’re just barely toasted.[12]
Sauté of pancetta for 7 minutes, then drain the grease. Place your cubed pancetta in a large sauté pan and cook it over medium-high heat, stirring often. Let it cook for 7 minutes, until it’s crispy and lightly browned. Pour the pancetta onto a few paper towels to drain the excess grease.[13]You can also use bacon in a pinch, but it will give your stuffing a smokier flavor.
Cook the vegetables in the pancetta grease for 10 minutes. Frying the pancetta will leave a few leftover spoonfuls of grease, which you’ll use to cook your veggies! Lower the heat to medium and add your onion, celery, leek, salt, and pepper. Cook them for 10 minutes.[14]The vegetables should be soft and translucent when they’re done.
Add the sage and thyme to the pan and cook until it’s fragrant, then turn off the heat. Once your vegetables are cooked, add 5 chopped sage leaves and 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Let the mixture cook until you can just smell the herbs, then turn the heat off.[15]
Pour in the pancetta, bread, and chicken stock and toss the mixture. Add the pancetta, bread cubes, and 1 cup (236 mL) of chicken stock into your mixture. Toss everything until the pan is well-mixed.[16]
Mix in 2 lightly-beaten eggs. Crack your two eggs in a separate bowl and beat them just slightly, until they’re somewhat mixed but with lumps still visible. Add them into your stuffing mix and stir it with a spoon.[17]
Pack spoonfuls of stuffing into the cups of your muffin tray. Use a spoon to transfer heaps of stuffing into each muffin mold. Pack it in tightly, filling each cup almost to the top.[18]Packing your stuffing tightly will help the stuffing stick together so that your muffins don’t fall apart.
Bake the stuffing for 20-25 minutes. Set your muffin tray in the oven and bake it for 20-25 minutes, until the top is a bit browned. Remove them with oven mitts when you’re done and let them cool for a few minutes. Then, take each muffin out of the tray by loosening the edges with a butter knife, then popping them out one by one.[19]Serve the stuffing muffins warm. If you have any leftover, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.[Edit]Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to and grease a cupcake pan. To start your pumpkin pie cupcake preparation, first set your oven to preheat. Then, hold your cupcake pan over the sink and coat each cupcake mold with baking spray, making sure to hit the bottom and all the sides. Set your cupcake pan aside for now.[20]
Try not to get too much baking spray on the edges of the pan.
Combine your dry ingredients in a bowl. While your oven preheats, combine the ⅔ cup (85 g) of flour, ¼ tsp (1.5 g) of baking soda, ¼ tsp (2 g) of baking powder, and 2 tsp (3.4 g) of pumpkin spice in a medium bowl. Stir them with a wooden spoon until you get an even mixture.[21]
Mix together your pumpkin puree, sugar, and other wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour 15 oz of pumpkin puree, ¾ cup (170 g) of sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp (5 mL) of vanilla, and ¾ cup (177 mL) of evaporated milk into a large mixing bowl. Stir them together to get a smooth, even mixture.[22]You can use a wooden spoon or a whisk to combine the wet ingredients.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Use a wooden spoon to to mix them together until they’re evenly combined.[23]
Spoon the mixture into each cup and bake for 20 minutes. Use a regular spoon to transfer the pumpkin pie mixture into the cups of your cupcake pan. Fill each cup about ⅓ of the way full, which will allow it to rise while baking. Then, set your cupcake pan in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.[24]If you’re using a 12-cup cupcake tray, your mixture should be enough for one batch.
Let the cupcakes cool, then serve or store in the refrigerator. Take the cupcakes out of the oven when they’re hardening slightly and golden on top. Let them cool in the pan for 20 minutes, then pop them out and let them cool completely on a rack. Top them with whipped cream and cinnamon or pumpkin spice and enjoy![25]You can store any extra cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.[Edit]Tips
You can also order your meal pre-made, either by buying frozen foods or ordering from a meal service. Many of them offer small Thanksgiving meals to order, although prices vary.
Feel free to mix and match your Thanksgiving meal to include all your favorites as well, like cranberry sauce, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, and more![Edit]Things You’ll Need
[Edit]Herb-Roasted Turkey Breasts
Cutting board
Baking dish
Knife (to slice and serve)[Edit]Mashed Potato Side Dish for Two
Medium saucepan
Potato peeler
Knife
Bowls
Fork, wooden spoon, or masher to mash the potatoes[Edit]Single Serving Stuffing Cups
Muffin tray
Pastry brush
2 sheet pans
Large sauté pan
Paper towels
Wooden spoon
Bowl
Whisk or fork
Spoon
Knife[Edit]Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Cupcake pan
Baking spray
2 mixing bowls
Wooden spoon[Edit]References
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How to Grow Garlic Indoors in a Pot

You can easily grow your own garlic indoors in a pot so you can harvest the bulbs to use for cooking and trim the greens to use as a tasty garnish! Start by choosing a suitable container and filling it with a soil-less growing medium. Then, get some good organic garlic from a nursery or an online supplier, break up the bulbs, and plant the largest cloves in the container. When the green shoots are tall enough, you can trim them and use them as a garnish. After about 10 months, pull up the bulbs, let them cure, and you’ve got your own home-grown garlic!

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Filling a Container with a Potting Mixture
Choose a container that is at least deep. The container needs to be deep enough to allow the roods of the garlic to grow into the growing medium so they can produce green leaves and the bulbs can expand. Choose containers that are deep enough and wide enough to fit all of the cloves you want to plant.[1]
Whether you choose to use a flower pot, a wooden crate, or any other type of container to grow your garlic indoors, it needs to be deep enough to allow the roots of the garlic to grow.
To plant 3 cloves of garlic, make sure the container is at least wide so you can space them out far enough to allow them to grow.
Look for containers at garden supply stores, home improvement stores, and online. You can also check out your local craft supply stores to find interesting planting containers.
Make sure the container has drainage holes at the bottom. Check underneath the container to see if there are holes that will allow for drainage. If there aren’t drainage holes, you need to make them so the excess water can run off from the soil and your garlic cloves won’t rot.[2]Most plastic or terracotta pots and planting containers have drainage holes at the bottom.
For plastic containers, use a sharp knife to cut out a drainage hole in the center of the bottom.
Drill small holes in glass or clay containers with an electric drill and a bit made for drilling glass and tile.
Fill the container with a soil-less potting mix to promote drainage. A soil-less potting mix will allow excess water to drain easily and prevent the garlic cloves from rotting. Use a high-quality soil-less potting mix made of vermiculite or pearlite and contains coconut fiber or peat so it retains enough moisture to help your garlic grow. Fill the container to within about of the rim.[3]Garlic is highly susceptible to fungal root diseases, so you need to plant them in a medium that will allow excess water to drain easily.
You can find soil-less potting mixes at garden supply stores, home improvement stores, and online.
Make your own soil-less potting mix by using vermiculite or pearlite and mixing in some coconut fibers or peat to help retain moisture.
Water the potting mix in the container to help settle it down. Before you plant your garlic cloves in the container, give it a good watering so it can settle down the material and you can make sure the container is draining properly. Use a watering can or fill a glass with about of water and gently pour it over the mixture.[4]Watch the drainage holes at the bottom to make sure excess water is running through it.[Edit]Planting the Garlic Cloves
Purchase organic garlic bulbs from a gardening store or online. Most of the garlic bulbs you see at your local supermarket have been chemically treated so they last longer, and won’t sprout if you try to plant them. Buy your garlic bulbs from a local plant nursery, gardening store, or from an online retailer.[5]
Some grocery stores may sell organically grown garlic bulbs, which may not have been treated, so they’ll sprout if you plant them.
Ask your local nursery if they have organically grown garlic bulbs.
Look online for organic garlic bulbs that you can have delivered to your home.
Break apart the bulb, but keep the husks on the cloves. Use your hands to break open the bulb of garlic so you can see the individual cloves. Choose the largest cloves to plant because they’ll have the best chance of sprouting. Do not pull or take the individual cloves out of their protective husks.[6]
Separate the cloves 1-2 days before you plant them. They’ll dry out and won’t be able to sprout if you break them apart earlier.
The husks keep the garlic itself protected and they won’t sprout if you remove them!
Make holes deep and apart. Use your finger or a stick to create a hole for each clove of garlic you plan to plant in the container. Make sure they’re deep enough and are spaced far enough apart to allow the roots to grow unobstructed.[7]Make the holes wide enough to fit the cloves.
Bury the cloves so they’re covered with of potting mixture. Place 1 clove into each of the holes with the flat end facing down. Then cover them with the potting mixture on top so they’re buried in the hole.[8]Place 1 clove for each of the holes you make.
Gently pat the potting mixture on top of the garlic to settle it down.
Place the container somewhere that gets 6-8 hours of sun. A south or west-facing window that gets lots of sunlight will help your garlic grow and thrive. Set the container on or near a windowsill so it’s exposed to at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.[9]
If you don’t have a sunny window, you can place the container under a florescent light to help them grow indoors.
Water the garlic until you see the excess run out of the drainage holes. Water the mixture regularly so it settles on top of the garlic cloves and so the cloves themselves are hydrated. The moisture will help the sprouts break through the protective husk of the cloves. Slowly pour water into the container until you see it running out of the drainage holes at the bottom.[10]
Don’t overwater or soak the garlic.[Edit]Caring for the Garlic Plants
Fertilize the garlic every 3 weeks with a liquid fertilizer. Use a diluted organic fertilizer and add it to the water you give to your garlic plants. Once a month or every 3 weeks is an adequate amount of time in between fertilizing.[11]Read the instructions on the packaging about how to dilute the fertilizer in water.
You can find organic liquid fertilizer at garden supply stores, at department stores, and online.
Keep the growing medium damp but not soaked. How often you need to water your garlic plants will vary based on the temperature of your home, the amount of sunlight they get, and the humidity in the air. Water your garlic plants regularly, but don’t oversaturate them. Add enough water until you can see the excess drain through the holes at the bottom of the container.[12]In warm and sunny climates, you may need to water your garlic plants 2-3 times a week to keep them happy.
Look for pests on your plants and rodents nibbling on them. Mice can be attracted to the smell of the garlic plants, and may nibble on the green shoots, or even pull them out of the pot, so keep an eye out for bite marks on your plants. Small insects like aphids and mites can also be attracted to your garlic plants and can potentially kill them, so get rid of pests as soon as you see them.[13]Get rid of mice by trapping them if you find bite marks on your garlic leaves.
Make a natural insecticide to get rid of pests on your garlic so they’re still safe to consume when you harvest them.[Edit]Harvesting the Garlic Greens and Bulbs
Wait until the greens are about tall to harvest them. You can eat the garlic greens once they’ve grown tall enough to harvest without damaging the garlic plant. The longer you wait, the healthier the plant will be, and you’ll be able to continuously harvest fresh garlic greens.[14]For the first 6 months, the garlic plant will keep growing green leaves.
Cut the greens with scissors and leave of growth. Trim the greens at the base of the plant but leave enough growth so the plant can recover and continue to grow. Cutting the green leaves also allows the garlic plant to put more energy into growing the bulb.[15] tall so the plant focuses on growing the bulbs.}}
Chop up the greens and use them as a flavorful garnish. Use a sharp knife to cut the greens into small pieces. You can use them as a seasoning or as a light and tasty garnish on a plate.[16]Use the fresh greens in soups to add a bit of garlicky goodness!
Sprinkle freshly chopped greens on top of a finished dish to add a fresh and sharp flavor.
Pull the cloves out of the container after 10 months and let them cure. After about 8-10 months, the green leaves will start to brown and die off, which means the garlic cloves are ready to be harvested. Pull the cloves out of the soil and brush off the potting mixture. Then, hang them in a dry location with good air circulation until they’re completely dry. You can then use the garlic however you want![17]
The cloves can take up to 2 weeks to fully cure, or dry.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
Container at least deep
Soil-less potting mix
Organic garlic bulb
Scissors[Edit]Related wikiHows
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