Food & Nutrition

17 Small-Batch Thanksgiving Recipes for Small Gatherings

Not cooking for a big group? Here’s how to enjoy your favorite flavors without eating leftovers for weeks.
Published November 20, 2020

During the holiday season, every household celebrates in different ways from huge, over-the-top gatherings to smaller, more intimate get-togethers, and everything in between. Yet so many recipes are geared toward serving twelve, sixteen, or even more.

If you're hosting a smaller gathering this year—and want to avoid endless leftovers taking up precious space in the fridge—we have a solution! These small-batch Thanksgiving recipes make between four and eight portions each, meaning they’ll serve just enough for you and your guests and might even leave you with some Thanksgiving leftovers to get you through the long weekend.

Thanksgiving Turkey for a Small Crowd

Boneless skinless turkey breasts are perfect for 8 people or less. They’re super quick to prep and cook much faster than a whole bird.

Thanksgiving Desserts

It’s not a holiday without dessert—no matter how many people you’re serving. If you don’t want a leftover pie hanging around your home for days, try a small-scale, portion-controlled sweet that serves as few as one. You can double, triple, or halve as needed.

Leslie Fink, MS, RD, has worked on the WW editorial team for more than 21 years. She plays a key role in food, recipe, and program content, as well as product partnerships and experiences.

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