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A Thanksgiving Menu for Any-Sized Gathering

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I love hearing about Thanksgiving meals—the traditions, the settings, the food. Most of all, I love to learn about the ways people gather around the table. Sometimes, it’s a rowdy, chaotic affair filled with grandparents and cousins and dogs and the college roommate of your niece. A factory-like production line ensures each plate gets a portion. Others are intimate dinners with a partner or child, or more formal seating with family-style servings. Sometimes, Thanksgiving dinner just includes yourself. There’s no one-size-fits-all for giving thanks. To help everyone plan their menus, we’ve gathered classic dishes—from mashed potatoes to turkey to slices of pie—that can scale up or down to fit your celebration. So no matter if you're feeding 2 or 20 this Thursday, these recipes will help you make as much, or as little, as you need.

Meaty (And meatless!) Mains

Pick a main attraction, from turkey to vegetarian-friendly.

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Thanksgiving Osso Buco
Thanksgiving Osso Buco
Roasted Delicata Squash Stuffed with Autumn Farro

Roasted Delicata Squash Stuffed with Autumn Farro by danielle majeika | the perp...

Stuffed Turkey Breast Marsala (or Poor Man's Veal)

Stuffed Turkey Breast Marsala (or Poor Man's Veal) by thirschfeld

Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples

Pork Loin with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples by Cristina Sciarra

Game Hens with Roasted Grape Mostarda

Game Hens with Roasted Grape Mostarda by meganvt01

Herbed Goat Cheese and Root Vegetable Galette
Herbed Goat Cheese and Root Vegetable Galette
Honey-Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Lavender, and Roasted Vegetables
Honey-Roasted Chicken with Garlic, Lavender, and Roasted Vegetables

Add A Little Green

A side that won't weigh you down.

Green Bean "Casserole"

Green Bean "Casserole" by Sara Jenkins

Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Soft Feta & Golden Raisins

Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Soft Feta & Golden Raisins by Kenzi Wilbur

Zesty and Zippy Tangled Collards
Zesty and Zippy Tangled Collards
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Pistachios

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pears and Pistachios by Bevi

Trent Pierce's Miso-Creamed Kale

Trent Pierce's Miso-Creamed Kale by Genius Recipes

Pass the Potatoes (Sweet & Savory)

Mashed, roasted, baked, or boiled—the humble spud saves the day!

Mr. L's Mashed Potatoes
Mr. L's Mashed Potatoes
"Ottolenghi-fied" Sweet Potatoes
"Ottolenghi-fied" Sweet Potatoes
Individual Sweet Potato Gratins with Creme Fraiche, Onions, and Bacon

Individual Sweet Potato Gratins with Creme Fraiche, Onion... by Erin McDowell

Brown Butter-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Arugula and Bacon

Brown Butter-Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Arugula and Bacon by EmilyC

Spanish Roasted Potato Salad
Spanish Roasted Potato Salad

Cozy, Crunchy Breads & Stuffing

It's ok to fill up on bread.

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Honeyed Sweet Corn Cakes
Honeyed Sweet Corn Cakes
Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables
Toasted Farro Salad with Roasted Leeks and Root Vegetables
Skillet Strata with Bacon, Cheddar, and Greens
Skillet Strata with Bacon, Cheddar, and Greens
Seedy Spelt Parker House Rolls

Seedy Spelt Parker House Rolls by Yossy Arefi

Brazilian Cheesy Bread

Brazilian Cheesy Bread by Hannah Petertil

Sweet Finish

Make sure everyone has enough dessert.

Scrap Your Thanksgiving Pie Plans & Make Galettes Instead
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Scrap Your Thanksgiving Pie Plans & Make Galettes Instead
Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for Dessert!)

Slow-Roasted Sweet Potatoes (for Dessert!) by Josh Cohen

Red-Wine Poached Pears

Red-Wine Poached Pears by Kenzi Wilbur

Deborah Madison's Sweet Potato Flan

Deborah Madison's Sweet Potato Flan by Nicholas Day

Lindsey Shere's Baked Caramel Pears

Lindsey Shere's Baked Caramel Pears by Genius Recipes

Last-Minute Fall Hand Pies
Last-Minute Fall Hand Pies

How many people will be at your Thanksgiving meal? Have you ever misjudged how much or little they'd eat?

Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!
Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!

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