Thanksgiving for Two

Cooking for two this Thanksgiving? Try these three creative and elegant alternatives to turkey.


Thanksgiving is intimidating if you're hosting a big crowd, but I also find it intimidating if you're only cooking for two. Most recipes are designed to feed a lot of people. The entre is definitely the most difficult part to figure out when cooking for two. A whole turkey is simply too much meat and too much trouble. Here are my three favorite alternatives to turkey. The first is Cornish hens. They're small, succulent, and not gamey at all. They really taste just like chicken. And their size, most run between one and two and half pounds whole, is perfect for an individual service which makes for a beautiful presentation at a holiday meal. They're also very easy to cook, the technique is similar to how you would roast a whole chicken. Another alternative is double cut pork chops You can get a double-cut pork chop from any butcher, you just have to ask for it. And all they do is cut a chop thicker than usual. They're also easy to cook. I like to sear them in a pan and then finish them in the oven. They're impressive to serve and everybody loves a pork chop. So if you're feeling adventurous, try a whole fish. This might seem like an unusual choice, but it's in my opinion the most beautiful presentation, and really is the easiest thing to cook. [MUSIC] You just wanna buy a whole fish, and then ask the fishmonger to clean and scale it for you. You place it on a bed of sliced onions, stuff it with herbs, garlic cloves, lemons, coat it with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle on some salt and pepper, and then you just roast it. It's the most beautiful thing to serve on the platter, and it's fun to eat, too.
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