14 Creative Thanksgiving Recipes Perfect for Small Groups

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Not hosting a huge gathering this Thanksgiving? With many families playing it safe this year, Turkey Day will look smaller this year. Skip the giant portions and go for smaller batch recipes for your menu. From turkey pot pie to stuffing muffins and hand pies, these easy Thanksgiving recipes are just as delish. Keep reading to see them all.

Crock Pot Turkey Breast

Small crowds don't always call for an entire turkey. This Crock Pot Turkey Breast takes six hours, without the need for basting. Tender and juicy, you may never go back to the full bird!

Find the full recipe at Kitchen Dreaming.

Whole Roast Chicken

Roast chicken makes the perfect alternative to a large turkey, and it's easy to find. Not only that, it cooks relatively quickly and will still give you that Thanksgiving turkey vibe, especially when served with your fave tasty vibes.

We love this easy recipe from My Gorgeous Recipes.

Turkey Pot Pie

Not up to slaving over an entire turkey but still want to serve it at dinner? Try this tasty Turkey Pot Pie recipe! It's packed with all the comfort food goodness you love and looks great on the table.

Find the full recipe at Spend with Pennies.

Stuffing Muffins

Whether you prefer your stuffing outta the bird or want to switch it up this holiday, these Stuffing Muffins are sure to be a hit. Homemade stuffing is whipped together using tasty ingredients like sausage and cranberries and cooked in under 20 minutes.

Find the full recipe at A Wicked Whisk.

Sausage & Sweet Potato Thanksgiving Stuffing

Combine stuffing and potatoes into one dish with this sweet recipe. Apples, bread, veggies, nuts and more come together in this casserole-esque recipe that is just as hearty as it is pretty.

Get the full recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

Keto Cranberry Sauce

If you're skipping the canned cranberries, this three-ingredient recipe is the perfect substitution. It's a quick side dish that's great for a small crowd and takes just a few minutes at the stove.

Find the full recipe at Blissfully Low Carb.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

One potato per person makes this recipe a great option for small crowds! A little oil and salt and time in the oven is all it takes to get that yammy goodness you love on Thanksgiving.

Find the full recipe at Sunkissed Kitchen.

Crispy Hassleback Potatoes

Not sure about an entire batch of mashed potatoes? Go hassleback-style instead! Your fave type of potato can be cut into this fan style, then baked in the oven or air fryer. Crispy!

Find the recipe at Dish By Dish.

Mac and Cheese Bites

The littles will love these adorable mac and cheese bites. Traditional ingredients come together in a mini muffin pan to make perfect bite-sized noms for both kids and adults.

Get the complete recipe at Feel Good Foodie.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Easily made ahead, these buttermilk biscuits are just as good for Thanksgiving breakfast as they are for dinner. Seven basic ingredients come together in this easy recipe that will have you passing on store-bought biscuits from this point forward.

Head to One Lovely Life for the complete recipe.

Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies

Bypass the entire pie with these gorgeous hand pies. With little sugar and just one spice, this delish dessert is perfect for your little gathering. 

Get the whole recipe at Bake or Break.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Whether you're catering to picky eaters or just don't want to tempt yourself by making an entire pie, these mini pumpkin pies are great for little groups. Made in a mini muffin pan, this fun treat would also make a great activity for the kids in the kitchen.

Get the full recipe at Made to Be a Momma.

Apple Pie Cheesecake In a Jar

Single-serve dessert, coming up! Creamy cheesecake is combined with everyone's fave fall fruit in this to-go style treat that is super fun to eat.

Find the full recipe at Bake Me Some Sugar.

Quick Apple Turnovers

No need to pre-bake apples in this super easy quick apple turnover recipe. Gather your four supplies, assemble, bake and devour!

Get the full recipe at Moms Dish.

––Karly Wood



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