5 Memorable Recipes for a Small Scale Thanksgiving

Fewer guests at the holiday table this year? Never fear! We've got a delicious, doable menu that's sure to delight yet won't take the whole day to pull together.

This post is written in partnership with Sanderson Farms

Thanksgiving is on the horizon, and while it may look different this year than years past, it’s still possible to celebrate with all your favorite traditional recipes and desserts.

If you’ve got a smaller gathering than usual, why not roast a chicken instead of a turkey? Call us crazy but that tender, juicy whole chicken rivals a larger turkey any day of the week.

In addition to being a healthy part of the holiday table, chicken is also an affordable choice this holiday – why buy a large turkey when your guest list doesn’t warrant it?

So this year we’re opting for Sanderson Farms whole chickens or Roasters because it just makes sense. They’re 100% natural, minimally processed with no added hormones, preservatives or artificial ingredients and they’re always fresh, never frozen.

Whether you’re dry brining your bird or trying our popular feta brined recipe (which you must!), you’ll want to make sure you’ve got all the traditional fixings and sides, too. Just enough – and not too much – for your gathering this year!


feta brine and roast chicken in a cast iron skillet

Chicken is sure to be the star at this year's holiday table with this showstopper recipe featuring a feta cheese brine that'll change the way you think about brining chicken ... forever. Serve with traditional fixings or mix things up this year with a bowl of fluffy couscous and garlicky greens.

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Dry Brined Roast Chicken - - whole chicken on platter Recipe

Dry-brined roasted chickens are the best way to get succulent, juicy meat, and crispy, golden skin! The best part? You only need 5 minutes and some space in the fridge!

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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Slow Cooker potatoes in a dish with butter and a napkin

Looking to free up a little oven space this holiday? You're in luck thanks to these slow cooker spuds, as creamy and buttery as traditional mashed potatoes yet they practically make themselves.

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Side view of cranberry sauce homemade.

Arguments abound regarding favorites at the Thanksgiving table, and a classic cranberry sauce ranks pretty high up there for us. This version is the perfect size for small gatherings, and takes under 30 minutes to pull together.

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Chiffon Pumpkin Pie

Let's be honest: pie is an obvious choice for smaller holidays because, well, leftovers are pretty fabulous for breakfast.  With a gingersnap crust and a light, pudding-like filling, this pie is a fun and elegant riff on the classic recipe we all know and love.

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  1. Pamela

    Sounds simple enough and will use these recipes ! Thank you