Holiday Menu Planning: Thanksgiving for a Small Group

Holiday Menu Planning: Thanksgiving for a Small Group

This year like every holiday, things are most likely much smaller than normal. If you celebrate Thanksgiving and are doing something smaller, here are some ideas on how to not have two large meals, but size down for your immediate family.

Order from a Restaurant or Caterer

This might be a great way to support small businesses. It might be too late to place an order, but you should check. You might also decide to order for Shabbat and cook for Thanksgiving.

Just Do Appetizers

An idea from Busy in Brooklyn, is to do a Thanksgiving Grazing Board. This seems like a fun idea to minimize the feast but still have a festive meal. Think about all of the appetizers you just love and have a fun meal based on that.

Meal Planning Ideas

Simple Menu Plan

Here are a couple of simple menu plans.

Menu Plan #1

  • Turkey Breast
  • Rolls
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Pie

Menu Plan #2

  • Turkey Roast
  • Cranberry Apple Crisp
  • Green Beans
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Brownies
  • Fruit Salad

Turkey Recipes

You might want to consider not doing a whole bird, but doing a Turkey breast.

Cranberry Sauce

Cornbread

Stuffing

Greenbeans

Brussel Sprouts

Potatoes

Squash / Pumpkin

Drinks

Desserts

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Menu Planning: Pareve Mashed Potato Recipes

Menu Planning: Pareve Mashed Potato Recipes

Here are some ideas for Pareve Mashed Potatoes. Some of these recipes call for chicken stock that could easily be substituted for a pareve stock. I chose recipes that specifically used a dairy substitute or no dairy at all. In our house, we have found that substituting for milk doesn’t always work the right way.

Basic Mashed Potatoes (OU)
Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes (Brooklyn Farm Girl)
Creamy Mashed Potatoes (Kosher Gourmet Cooking)
Creamy Mashed Potatoes (Joy of Kosher)
Creamy Mashed Potatoes (Delicious & Kosher)
Creamy Mashed Potatoes (The Kosher Channel)
Creamy Pareve Mashed Potatoes (Busy in Brooklyn)
Creamy Pareve Mashed Potatoes (Joodie the Foodie)
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes (Jewish Week)
Easy Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes (The Spruce Eats)
Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Ellie Krieger via Food Network)
Mashed Potatoes (Batel’s Kitchen)
Mashed Potatoes, Pears, & Leeks (Bon Appetit)
Non-Dairy Mashed Potatoes (Big Oven)
Olive Oil Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Panning the Globe)
Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary (Tori Avey)
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes (The Nourishing Gourmet)
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes (Vegan in the Kitchen)
Vegan Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (Love & Lemons)
Vegan Mashed Potatoes (Minimalist Baker)
Vegan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (Food Network)
Very Best Mashed Potatoes (Steamy Kitchen)

And if you have leftover Mashed Potatoes, you can always repurpose for Bourekas, Empanadas, Knishes, Samosas, or Shepard’s Pie.