Thanksgiving 2020 – smaller but not duller

For the vast majority of people around the world, the pandemic means this holiday season will be unlike any other year, with limitations on travel and gathering sizes, not to mention the toll it has taken on people’s livelihoods. My plan for this upcoming holiday season thus is to still bring festivities, cheer and some... Get the Recipe The post Thanksgiving 2020 – smaller but not duller appeared first on RecipeTin Eats.

Thanksgiving 2020 – smaller but not duller
Thanksgiving Menu 2020
Thanksgiving Menu 2020

For the vast majority of people around the world, the pandemic means this holiday season will be unlike any other year, with limitations on travel and gathering sizes, not to mention the toll it has taken on people’s livelihoods.

My plan for this upcoming holiday season thus is to still bring festivities, cheer and some exciting new ideas on to your Thanksgiving table whilst being mindful of the times.

So what does this mean? It means that I decided not to share a new whole roast turkey recipe this year, nor a slew of epic new Thanksgiving recipes. I chose to forego styling up and shooting a feast-laden Thanksgiving menu table as I have done in previous years. Not that any food goes to waste around here … but the idea of it just didn’t sit well with me this year.

What I really felt I wanted to do instead was dig into my 1000+ recipes to put together a Thanksgiving Menu suited to meet the current challenges of our times. So, menus suited to gatherings and families of 6 – 8 people that’s also cost-conscious, but still brings just as much excitement to the festivities – and your tastebuds!! ????????

Small, yes, but perfectly formed. Ready? Here we go!

Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Turkey Breast dinner plate with creamy corn casserole, roasted mushrooms, and lemon garlic asparagus

✨A smaller, exciting Thanksgiving Menu!✨

Another bonus: A smaller menu means less cooking, less stress, less cost, more time to eat and be merry!

1. Festive Crostini

Super-cost effective, endlessly versatile, and oh-so-easy to make festive-looking. Just think colours and think variety, and the rest will take care of itself!

Christmas Crostini Starter
Got a great topping idea or a killer crostini that has to be on your table every year?

Sharing is caring! Please let other readers know your great go-to’s and topping combination ideas! Just drop a comment at the bottom of the Holiday Crostinis recipe page and I’ll add them to the post and credit you!

2. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

We all love a good roasted turkey breast with the extra-golden, buttery skin. But when it comes to fail-safe cooking and a guaranteed juicy bird, you cannot beat using the slow cooker (and believe me, I’ve tried just about every way to cook a turkey!). This is not the year to experiment with unproven or over-the-top recipes!!

This Slow Cooker Turkey Breast has been a reader favourite ever since I published it. Bonus: The gravy is better too because every drop of turkey meat juice is preserved in the slow cooker!

Overhead photo of Slow Cooker Turkey Breast on a white plate with some slices carved, drizzled with gravy

(Psst there’s a Herb & Garlic Butter Slow Cooker Turkey Breast too!)

Sliced Garlic Herb Slow Cooker Turkey Breast with butter dripping down

3. On-point sides: Simple & delicious

Green Beans in Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Inspired in part by the Thanksgiving traditional side of Green Bean Casserole, here’s a new spin that’s much easier and faster to prepare but just as good as the classic.

Overhead photo of Green beans in creamy parmesan sauce with bacon

Stovetop Creamy Brussels Sprouts – with Bacon!

If brussel sprouts are what you’re after, forget perfecting the oven timing. Make them on the stove instead – gratin style, but with way less fuss!

Brussels Sprouts in a creamy sauce with bacon in a skillet, fresh off the stove

Potato Gratin Stacks

When you don’t need to cater for 30 people, you can afford to spend a little more time to fiddle, assembling individual stacks like these creamy cheesy Potato Gratin Stacks!

Mini Potato Gratin (Muffin Tin) - great party food, breakfast with eggs or as a side for a fancy dinner. Freezer friendly and easy to make!

OR try the sweet potato version with buttery sweet potato stacks! (Who doesn’t love getting their a complete serving of something all to themselves?)

These Roasted Sweet Potato Stacks have crispy edges, are buttery, salty and sweet with a hint of rosemary. Terrific Sweet Potato side dish!

For something requiring less construction (ie no finely slicing), the Fondant Sweet Potatoes I recently shared are right on point. Sweet, savoury, and gutsy with flavours that are right at home on the Thanksgiving table, you’ve got to give this one a try!

Fondant Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter on a plate

Bitterleaf and Orange Salad & Poppyseed Dressing

Salad #2 in my inaugural Holiday Salad Marathon is a 2 ingredient salad that looks bright and festive on any table. Fresh thanks to the orange and the bite of the bitter laves, it’s a brilliant “palette cleanser” and balancing salad that is ideal to serve alongside rich dishes (I’m thinking specifically all that cream and cheese and butter and bacon in the dishes listed above!!).

Bitter Leaf and Orange Salad with Orange Poppyseed Dressing on a plate ready to be served

Festive Apple Salad with Cranberries & Candied Walnuts

If citrus isn’t your thing (and I know some people just aren’t a fan of it in any form around savoury food!), try this Apple Salad instead. It comes fully loaded with festive ingredient favourites: Fresh leafy greens, crisp apple, cranberries, feta and candied walnuts. It’s high on my list of Show Off Salads!

Overhead photo of Apple Salad with Candied Walnuts and Cranberries with vinaigrette dressing on the side

4. Bread, bread, bread

What is a holiday feast without bread? Now is not the time to go low carb! ????

World’s Easiest Crusty Bread

Don’t pay a fortune for artisan bread. Make it yourself with 5 minutes effort! So popular has this bread recipe been since I published it, it’s likely to cross the finish line as the most popular new recipe of 2020….

Close up of crispy crust of world's easiest yeast bread

No-Knead Dinner Rolls

Otherwise, these widely-loved No-Knead Dinner Rolls are always a winner and easy to scale. Soft, fluffy – fabulous!

These No Knead Dinner Rolls are like magic! Astonishingly easy, no stand mixer, just mix the ingredients in a bowl!

However, if yeast is hard to come by where you are, try this amazingly good No Yeast Sandwich Bread or try one of these other terrific plate-mopping options that don’t require yeast:

Now of course we love plain bread and it’s essential at the dinner table. But – and I’m just putting this out there – there’s also always this….

The World Famous Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread

“This” being Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread. (And after you make it, you decide why it’s called that … ????)

5. A Sweet Finish

When it comes to dessert, I say go big or go home!!! I especially love big, shareable desserts you slice or spoon out for the comfort-food feel, not to mention the added bonus of leftovers for days….

While I love a classic Pumpkin Pie, my personal favourite has to be Pecan Pie. Nutty pecans nestled in a caramely filling? Umm, YES PLEASE!

Learn how to make Pecan Pie, the great American classic! Flaky all-butter pie crust with a soft set filling, the quick video tutorial will be very helpful will guide you to nail this every time!

Though for a throughly cost-effective, totally cosy option, try a cosy Bread and Butter Pudding or Cinnamon Laced Rice Puddings. These are comfort-food central, and a scoop of ice cream is all it takes to elevate it to another level.

If cake is what you’re after, those who want to completely and utterly wipe the floor with the biggest wow-factor dessert can forget all other options and just go for this:

Chocolate Mirror Glaze Cake on a cake platter, ready to be served

That’s a Chocolate Glazed Mirror Cake, and it’s so shiny and reflective you could use it to do your Thanksgiving Dinner make up in it!!!

Inside, there’s 2 layers of Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache, and while it all sounds very rich, it actually isn’t. The word luxurious is the best description, and it’s not overly rich at all.

And my step-by-step tutorial with straightforward recipe videos will guide you through this one from start to finish!

Chocolate Mirror Glaze Cake

The final clincher about this cake? I recently saw this cake at a high-end Sydney patisserie selling for over $100. This homemade version will cost you less than $20 to make even using good quality chocolate.

And imagine the compliments you will be lavished with …


To everyone celebrating Thanksgiving, though it may not be the same as previous years with loved ones unable to join you as they have in previous years, I hope you are still able to make the most of it. It is, after all, a holiday for giving thanks.

Let us focus on the good, be grateful for what we have, see the glass as always half full and look forward to a GREAT 2021!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Love – Nagi & Dozer xx

Life of Dozer

One day, you will scroll to the bottom of a Thanksgiving post and see Dozer with a giant turkey on this head. Until such day, some dodgy photoshopping will have to do….

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