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Three Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes for One Person

Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or underused ingredients.

A traditional roast turkey Thanksgiving dinner for one person

A traditional roast turkey Thanksgiving dinner for one person

Are you spending Thanksgiving alone this year? Do you think that means you have to do without the traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner? While it stands to reason that even the smallest of turkeys is likely to be too much for one person, the good news is that this absolutely does not mean that you cannot enjoy a freshly prepared, Thanksgiving turkey dinner, with all the trimmings of your choice. It simply means that you may have to be a little bit more creative with your Thanksgiving dinner menu and make the most of what will be very specific cuts from the bird.

Supermarkets in modern times offer a wide choice of turkey meat in small, manageable portions, which do not involve buying a whole bird. You may wish to buy a drumstick, a thigh, a breast steak or portion, or even simply some diced meat from the breast or thigh. There are any number of ways in which these turkey portions can be made to form a delicious turkey dinner for Thanksgiving or any time of year. Why not take a look at what your supermarket offers in this line and plan what you are going to come up with?

This page is devoted to looking at the traditional—and the somewhat less than traditional—in terms of turkey recipes, in an attempt to help anyone spending Thanksgiving alone at least enjoy their dinner on the big day:

Three Turkey Dinner Recipes for One Person

  1. Easy Turkey and Vegetable Stir-Fry
  2. Breaded Turkey Breast Fillet With Brussels Sprouts and New Potatoes
  3. Sage and Onion Turkey Burger With Garlic Mayo and Fries
The turkey and vegetable stir-fry is garnished with freshly chopped parsley prior to serving

The turkey and vegetable stir-fry is garnished with freshly chopped parsley prior to serving

1. Easy Turkey and Vegetable Stir-Fry

There is a strong possibility that although you do want to enjoy turkey when spending Thanksgiving alone, you do not want to put in a great many hours' preparation on a meal for one person. This makes a turkey stir-fry the perfect choice. It is quick and easy to prepare but still includes that principal ingredient of fresh turkey.

Ingredients

  • ½ pound diced turkey breast meat
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ white onion
  • Generous handful of bean sprouts
  • 2 medium closed cup mushrooms
  • ½ teaspoon dried chili flakes (optional)
  • Salt and white pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying
The turkey pieces are velveted to help protect them during cooking.

The turkey pieces are velveted to help protect them during cooking.

Step 1: Velvet the Turkey Meat

The first step is to begin the process of velveting the turkey meat. This is a Chinese procedure, used to help protect what is usually chicken from the intense heat of the stir-frying process and keep it deliciously tender and moist.

  1. Add the egg white to a glass or stone bowl, large enough to subsequently contain the turkey and allow you room to stir it around.
  2. Spoon in the corn starch and season with up to a quarter teaspoon of salt.
  3. Stir to form a smooth, fairly thin paste before adding the turkey and stirring to coat it evenly and well.
  4. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.
Vegetables prepared for stir-frying.

Vegetables prepared for stir-frying.

Step 2: Prepare the Vegetables

While the turkey is velveting, use some of the time to prepare your vegetables. Remember when stir-frying that the different foodstuffs should be cut in to fairly large pieces and be as uniform in size as possible. Half the onion again and split it into leaves. Deseed and slice the red pepper and thickly slice the mushroom. The bean sprouts should be washed and shaken dry.

The turkey has to be drained prior to being stir fried.

The turkey has to be drained prior to being stir fried.

The partially cooked turkey is removed from the wok.

The partially cooked turkey is removed from the wok.

Step 3: Drain and (Partially) Cook the Turkey

It is important to drain the turkey when you remove it from the refrigerator. Pour it into a colander and stir well to remove as much of the liquid as possible. Add some oil to your wok and bring it up to a high heat. Stir-fry the turkey only for about 1 minute until it turns evenly opaque and is sealed. Remove it to a small dish or bowl with a slotted spoon.

The turkey and vegetable stir-fry is just about ready to serve

The turkey and vegetable stir-fry is just about ready to serve

Step 4: Stir-Fry Vegetables and Add Turkey Back In

Add a little more oil to the wok if required and bring back up to heat before adding the onion and red pepper. Stir-fry for about 1 minute. Put the turkey back in, along with the mushrooms and chili flakes and season. Stir-fry for 1 more minute before adding the bean sprouts for a third and final minute.

You could serve this stir-fry with rice or noodles, but this is a fairly generous portion—it will depend on how hungry you are likely to be and perhaps how many other courses you have decided to prepare. Plate the stir-fry and garnish with a little freshly chopped parsley.

Schnitzel-style breaded turkey breast fillet is served with herb new potatoes and spiced Brussels sprouts.

Schnitzel-style breaded turkey breast fillet is served with herb new potatoes and spiced Brussels sprouts.

2. Breaded Turkey Breast Fillet With New Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

This recipe is based on the Austro-German dish called schnitzel. Turkey is a very popular choice for making schnitzel in some parts of Germany and Austria, and this recipe is a fairly straightforward idea for your Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients

  • Small baby new potatoes*
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of bread, made into crumbs
  • 6 ounces turkey breast fillet
  • Large Brussels sprouts*
  • Butter
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • Salt and pepper
  • Wedge of lemon and parsley sprig for garnish

*The quantity of potatoes and Brussels sprouts depends on personal choice (essentially how big an appetite you are likely to have).

Step 1: Prepare the Potatoes

The potatoes should be prepared first. Wash them—but do not peel them—and add them to a pan of slightly salted cold water. Place on a high heat until the water boils, and then reduce to simmer for 25 minutes.

Beaten egg and fresh breadcrumbs are used to coat the turkey fillet.

Beaten egg and fresh breadcrumbs are used to coat the turkey fillet.

6 ounce turkey breast fillet.

6 ounce turkey breast fillet.

The breaded turkey breast fillet is shallow fried in vegetable oil.

The breaded turkey breast fillet is shallow fried in vegetable oil.

Step 2: Bread and Cook the Turkey Fillet

Break the egg into a flat-bottomed bowl, season with salt and pepper and lightly beat. Spread the breadcrumbs on a dinner plate. Bring a little oil gently up to heat in a non-stick frying pan. Draw the turkey steak through the beaten egg and pat on both sides in the breadcrumbs. Repeat this process for a thicker and more even coating. Fry gently for seven or eight minutes each side until done.

Brussels sprouts are prepared for the pot.

Brussels sprouts are prepared for the pot.

Step 3: Prepare and Cook the Sprouts

The sprouts will take 10 to 12 minutes to cook, depending upon their size. Trim the very end only off the remaining stalk and remove any loose or withered leaves. Do not make a cross in the base of the sprouts—this serves only to make the sprouts fall apart in the cooking water, significantly and adversely affecting presentation. Add the sprouts to a pan of lightly salted boiling water and adjust the heat to achieve a gentle simmer.

Step 4: Drain and Season the Vegetables

Drain the potatoes and return them to the empty pot. Add a little butter and the dried dill. Swirl to coat the potatoes in the seasoned butter. Drain the sprouts and return them to their pot. Add butter and the ground nutmeg. Swirl again to coat.

Plate the turkey and arrange the potatoes and sprouts alongside. Garnish with the lemon wedge and parsley and serve.

This half pound sage and onion turkey burger is served on a toasted bread roll with garlic mayo and a side of fries

This half pound sage and onion turkey burger is served on a toasted bread roll with garlic mayo and a side of fries

3. Sage and Onion Turkey Burger With Fries and Garlic Mayo

This is a really simple burger recipe with no breadcrumbs, egg or other often-added ingredients. However, the way that the fries are prepared for this recipe means that they will require to be started a couple of hours in advance of service.

Ingredients

  • 1 modest-sized baking potato
  • ½ pound ground turkey
  • ¼ white onion, finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 soft bread roll
  • Salt and white pepper
A baking potato is ideal for a portion of fries.

A baking potato is ideal for a portion of fries.

The fries are parboiled first.

The fries are parboiled first.

Step 1: Prepare and Parboil the Fries

A modest-sized baking potato makes a decent portion of fries.

  1. Peel the potato and slice and chop it into fry shapes.
  2. Put the fries into a wire basket and a pan of cold, unsalted water. The basket makes it easy to lift the fries from the water (rather than draining them through a colander at the risk of breaking them).
  3. Bring to a boil on a high heat before reducing to simmer for 5 minutes only.
  4. Pour the water out of the pot and fill it with cold water before lowering the basket of fries back into it for 5 more minutes. This helps to cool the fries quickly and prevents them turning grey or black.
  5. Lift the basket back out the water and allow to drain. Place the fries carefully into a plastic dish with a lid and then into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Lay the chilled fries on one half of a clean tea towel and pat them dry.
The chilled fries should be patted dry before being fried.

The chilled fries should be patted dry before being fried.

Step 2: Cook and Refrigerate the Fries

Fry them at 300ºF/150ºC in oil for 5 minutes. Drain on kitchen paper, cover and allow to cool. Put them back in a dish and the refrigerator for a further 30 minutes.

You can now move on to preparing and cooking your burger and the remainder of your meal.

The burger ingredients are mixed by hand in a bowl.

The burger ingredients are mixed by hand in a bowl.

Step 3: Make the Burger Patty

Put the turkey, diced onion and sage into a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the ingredients well by hand before rolling in to a ball. Flatten the ball between your palms to form a burger between 3/4 to 1 inch thick.

The burger is gently shallow-fried in oil.

The burger is gently shallow-fried in oil.

Step 4: Fry the Burger

Bring a little vegetable oil up to a medium heat in a non-stick pan. The burger will require to be gently fried for around 10 to 12 minutes on each side until done, depending upon thickness. Do not press down on the burger as it cooks, as you force the juices out in to the pan. Turn it only once and check for doneness by piercing with the point of a sharp knife and checking the juices run clear. Push the pan off the heat to rest the burger while the fries are finished.

The fries are drained on kitchen paper after their final deep fry.

The fries are drained on kitchen paper after their final deep fry.

Step 5: Finish the Fries and Make the Mayo

Put the fries back into the fryer at 350ºF/170ºC for a further 5 to 6 minutes. Put the mayo in a small bowl and hand grate in the peeled garlic clove. Stir well. Remove the fries to some fresh kitchen paper and allow to drain.

The toasted roll is plated with the fries, ready for the rested burger and garlic mayo.

The toasted roll is plated with the fries, ready for the rested burger and garlic mayo.

Step 6: Toast the Roll

Cut the bread roll in half horizontally and toast under a hot, overhead grill. Lay the two halves of the roll on your serving plate, cut sides uppermost and the fries alongside. Lay your burger on the bottom half of the roll and spoon on some mayo before service.

A table set for one person is a sad sight at Thanksgiving, or any holiday time of family celebration

A table set for one person is a sad sight at Thanksgiving, or any holiday time of family celebration

Do You Know Someone Spending Thanksgiving Alone?

The potential reasons why someone is spending Thanksgiving alone are many and varied. There are even some who will be spending the day alone very much through personal choice! In most instances, however, it will not be through choice, and particularly for elderly people forced to spend Thanksgiving alone, the despondency can be overpowering.

Can you bring joy to someone this Thanksgiving? Can you perhaps fit an extra chair in at your table and serve another portion from your turkey? It may be a distant family member you haven't considered, or simply an old friend who lives nearby. If you can save someone from sitting alone to eat their Thanksgiving dinner, your simple act of kindness may bring a level of joy which you can't begin to imagine...

Have a Happy Holiday!

Hopefully you will have a wonderful time this Thanksgiving, however and wherever you happen to be spending it. If you are spending it alone, hopefully these dinner recipes have given you some idea for how to make your day a little better.

Thank you for visiting this page and any comments or feedback which you have may be left in the space below. Coming very soon: More Thanksgiving turkey dinner recipes for one, to help you find the option best suited to your tastes and dietary requirements and make the most of Thanksgiving.

Comments

Nettie on November 27, 2019:

Mr. Hamilton,Thanks so much for the recipes. And for caring. God Bless you.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on November 20, 2017:

Hi, Finn and thanks for both reading and commenting. I know tastes vary hugely and I hope you can force yourself to give the stir fry a try as it's a great favourite of mine.

Fin from Barstow on November 18, 2017:

well a nice variety of cuisine options.

Great introduction. Personally not a fan of ground turkey and don't know if I am brave enough to try stir fry, but there are some good ideas there that I am sure others will find appealing.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 20, 2014:

its easy, i like the turkey burger and fries, i would enjoy that dinner. thanks

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on September 09, 2014:

No problem, Gordon.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on September 02, 2014:

Alas, I cook only for one these days and have done for several years, Huntgoddess - but I have a great deal of fun doing so. Thanks again :)

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on August 17, 2014:

No problem about the timing, Gordon.

Yes, they will prove very useful to me.

Cooking at home is just so much better, I agree.

Cheaper also. I envy your family. My family has some great cooks, also, but they rarely have the time to cook at home -- unfortunately :-(

I love your wonderful pictures.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on August 12, 2014:

Hello, Huntgoddess and I'm so sorry about being so late in replying to your wonderful comment. I'm really glad the ideas are likely to prove useful to you. No - I'm not a chef, just someone who loves to cook and has done for many years :)

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on July 13, 2014:

I really don't know how to thank you for this.

It is so helpful and nice for me. I love turkey, and mostly prefer to make it myself, but --- don't always enjoy a big dinner with lots of people. These recipes look like just the ticket for me.

Like Efficient Admin, above, I think I also like the breaded turkey with potatos and sprouts the best --- But, I'm trying them all, eventually.

Up, et al. :-)

PS:: Are you a chef? I haven't read your profile yet. I'm expecting the answer is yes.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on May 31, 2013:

Thanks, Efficient Admin. Glad you liked the breaded turkey as that is one of my favourites also.

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on May 29, 2013:

I especially like the breaded turkey breast with the potatoes and brussel sprouts. The photos are gorgeous and the instructions are very clear and detailed. Thanks for sharing, voted up.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 17, 2012:

Thank you, louromano. I hope that when Thanksgiving next rolls around these ideas will prove useful to you.

louromano on March 17, 2012:

Excellent hub. I enjoyed reading all of your recipes, including your recipe for happiness. Thanks

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on November 09, 2011:

Hi, dodonet. I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub and preparing good healthy food is a good passion to have :) Thanks

Dorothy Godier from LONDON on November 08, 2011:

Gordon, wow.. I learned a lot from your hub and i see we share the passion for preparing good healthy food. I enjoyed reading it and seeing the good presentaation of your work. Thumbs up!!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on November 06, 2011:

Thank you for visiting and commenting, michigan. I hope they prove useful to you and that you have a great Thanksgiving.

michigan on November 06, 2011:

Thanks x 3 for the great recipes.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 19, 2011:

Thanks, Jeff. Appreciate the visit and comment. Yes, the topical nature of the page means that it will hopefully be of use to a great many people :)

Jeff_McRitchie on October 18, 2011:

This is an excellent, inclusive Hub. And timely since American Thanksgiving is just around the corner!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 16, 2011:

Hello, Tumblintumblweed

Thanks for your visit and comment and I'm really sorry about the late reply. I am having major problems with my ISP today and Internet access is intermittent to say the least :(

I hope that you have a wonderful holiday, however you are spending it and that maybe something on this site will make it that little bit more enjoyable for you.

tumblintumblweed on October 15, 2011:

Thank you for thinking of us people who are spending the holidays alone.Those were wonderful choices!Happy Holidays to you and kudos on this one.Hit all the buttons!

TTW

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 15, 2011:

Hi, prarieprincess and thank you. I am delighted the Hub was useful to you in this way. Velveting makes a huge difference to turkey or chicken prior to stir frying. It really does keep it succulent and moist, as opposed to crisp and a little bit dry. The fries technique is a little bit time consuming, yes; but if you try it, hopefully you will agree that it is worth it.

Hello, Anamika - it would be my great pleasure if it were possible :) I am pleased you like the recipes. Thanks for visitng and commenting.

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on October 14, 2011:

Can you please pass me that plate? I could eat it up in no time. Excellent Hub Gorden! Love your Recipes here...

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on October 14, 2011:

Wow! This is an impressive hub. First of all, excellent photos. And great recipes. You taught me a couple of things: I didn't know about velveting the meat and I didn't know about putting the potatoes in the fridge before making the fries. Two great tips.

I am bookmarking this and voting it all the ups except funny. Awesome and well-deserving of hub of the day.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 14, 2011:

Night Magic, I am sorry this page wasn't up and running in time for Canadian Thanksgiving. I hope very much that you still had a good day and that these recipes will prove useful for you should it be necessary in future.

jean2011 - Thank you and I hope that these recipes are useful to you and that you enjoy any you choose to prepare.

Deborah - Thank you so much for popping back again. Much appreciated.

carol3san - Glad you will have company Carol and hope you have a wonderful time at Thanksgiving.

RTalloni - Thank you for the compliment and glad you liked it! :)

applecsmith - Thank you. I hope it is useful to you. It is sometimes good to be single and sometimes not - either way, we have to eat! :) I hope you enjoy anything you try.

Thanks, Matt!

Thank you diydiva. If it is just the two of you, these ideas work just as well for two. Have a great time, whatever you do.

Thanks, Sandy. Can be for a lot of people. Hope this at least helps in some small way.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on October 14, 2011:

Seems sad to have dinner for one. Nice directions on the turkey dinner.

Kay Mitchell from California on October 14, 2011:

These are great! It may just be me and my boyfriend for Thanksgiving at our house and wasn't feeling up to do a big feast, but these would work wonderfully. Congrats on Hub of the Day!

Matt Wells on October 14, 2011:

Looks delicious!

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on October 14, 2011:

This is a great hub, and your pictures are fantastic! They are making me hungry, especially the breaded turkey with new potatoes and brussels YUM! I am a single person that is always on the lookout for good tips to cook for one. Congratulations, well deserved. Voted up!

RTalloni on October 14, 2011:

Fabulous hub with great recipes and a wonderful finish--really good stuff! Congrats on a well-deserved Hub of the Day award! :)

Carolyn Sands from Hollywood Florida on October 14, 2011:

Thanks for sharing your recipes Gordon. I wont be spending Thanksgiving alone but I do live alone. I will be trying some of your recipes one day.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on October 14, 2011:

Loved this hub when I first read it. So glad it was named Hub of the Day. Congratulations!

jean2011 from Canada on October 14, 2011:

Congratulations on being selected hub of the day. Like your recipes! I have voted this hub up and useful. I am certainly bookmarking this one, Thank you for sharing.

Night Magic from Canada on October 14, 2011:

This is a great hub. I just spent Thanksgiving alone. I wish I would have seen this hub before. Great recipes and I will definitely be using one for next Thanksgiving. I've never made turkey stir fry this way before but I'm definitely going to give it a try. Actually, I'm going to try them all and then make my favorite for the next holiday coming up.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 14, 2011:

Thank you, MarleneB. I had never actually considered the final point as a recipe for happiness but think that's a great way of looking at it! :)

Homesteadbound, they are absolutely recipes that anyone can make, at any time. There's no complicated cooking involved. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Danette, these ideas of course apply to two people as well as one, rather than a larger group. Hope there is something here you can use. Thanks for visiting!

Greenhousewife, I hope these ideas are useful to you and that you enjoy anything you try. Thank you for the visit and comment.

K Burns Darling - Thank you very much for your comments. The purpose of the Hub was certainly to provide ideas for cooking for one person but it by no means defeats the purpose to prepare these recipes in greater quantities for more people. So long as the food is enjoyed, why not? :)

Kristen Burns-Darling from Orange County, California on October 14, 2011:

Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! This was such a uniquely crafted and well written hub on such an unexplored topic that it is easy to see why it was selected! Some of these recipes looked so delicious, I was thinking, "Why not do this in more servings?" Guess that would kind of defeat the purpose though.... Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting!

Aimee on October 14, 2011:

Excellent hub! I can't wait to try these! I booked marked it so I can use this later! I am always looking for recipes that are made to feed fewer people! Thank you! Voted up!

Danette Watt from Illinois on October 14, 2011:

Congratulations on Hub of the Day! As my husband and I are empty-nesters, I was attracted to the title of your hub. Cooking for 1 or 2 is a challenge at times. I'll have to bookmark this and look at it again in Nov. Thanks for sharing

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on October 14, 2011:

What a great hub! And great recipes that anyone can make and enjoy! Congratulations on your hub of the day! They all looked so yummy and I'm bookmarking this one for future reference.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 14, 2011:

This is an excellent hub. I enjoyed reading all of your recipes, including your recipe for happiness -- inviting someone to our home for Thanksgiving.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 14, 2011:

Polly - thank you and I'm glad you like the ideas. I'm sure there are many people who enjoy a TV dinner on holidays to cut down on the work and relax as much as possible. Any of these ideas could perfectly well be eaten in front of the TV :)

Thank you, Movie Master. Appreciate the visit and comment.

Hi, JamaGenee. Ahhh...garlic! That is just me to a certain extent, I'm afraid - I'm a bit of an addict to it ;) I'm glad you liked the idea and hope more people will try it. As you now know, it goes really well in mayo. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

ktrapp - Thank you. I'm glad you like the ideas and hope you enjoy whatever you try, whenever you do so. They are absolutely any time of year suggestions.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 14, 2011:

The breaded turkey fillet and the turkey burger look like great recipes for anytime of the year. I have bookmarked these recipes. Thanks for sharing them.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on October 14, 2011:

Gordon, great recipes! But I totally forgot you're from the UK until I saw "garlic mayo". The first time this Accidental American had it with chips in London, I was a bit hesitant. But I found it to be quite tasty, although I've never been able to convince any non-globe-hopping friends of that on this side of the Pond! They still prefer catsup to dip their fries (chips) and only plain mayo (if any) on burgers of any type of meat. ;D

Movie Master from United Kingdom on October 14, 2011:

Hello Gordon, Congratulations on Hub of the Day, a very thoughtful hub and as always the photos brilliant! Best wishes MM

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 14, 2011:

Wow - thanks everyone! This was a wonderful surprise on a cold, wet and miserable day :)

Susan - I'm so sorry to hear about your ankle! I hope it heals quickly and that you're not in too much pain. Definitely a time to take it easy and get your meals made for you :) Hope you enjoy your stir fry and thanks for visiting and commenting.

MsDora - Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked the Hub and the thinking behind it.

John - thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I hope this Hub is useful to many people, whether through spending Thanksgiving alone or considering others in the position.

Superhero Sales - Thank you! You are of course correct in that these recipes are not only for Thanksgiving but any time of year. They can equally be adapted to serve many more people than one, if a change is required from the traditional turkey meal.

Cloverleaf - Good morning/afternoon to you, too. Thank you! The breaded turkey breast fillet is actually something I eat quite often, so it's a big favourite of mine also. The time factor was something I definitely considered in coming up with these ideas.

Pollyannalana from US on October 14, 2011:

This looks scrumptious! When I first got married my husband and I had TV dinners for Thanksgiving, lol, so this beats that. I love hubs like yours that make so many ideas race through my head too of things to try. Thanks!

Polly

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 14, 2011:

Good morning Gordon - congratulations on Hub of the Day! You have some awesome ideas here for thanksgiving dinners for one. I especially like your "Breaded Turkey Breast Fillet with New Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts" - thanksgiving dinner in just 25 minutes. AWESOME.

Cloverleaf.

Voted up

SuperheroSales on October 14, 2011:

Gordon- congratulations on having the Hub of the Day! I think you have chosen a great topic that is very timely, yet your recipes could be used for anytime when the family is not around and you're still craving a good turkey meal! Voted up, useful, and awesome!

John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on October 14, 2011:

Very insightful hub. I don't usually comment on 'Hubs of the day', but you were really 'thinking outside the box' when you wrote this one....

Take care

John

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 14, 2011:

Congratulations on this beautiful hub. So thoughtful of you!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 14, 2011:

YUMMY! My husband cooked thankgiving dinner here last Sunday as I was unable to do so (fractured my ankle :()and he did a fantastic job. I am going to try to get him to make your turkey stir fry as it looks great as do all of your recipes.

Congrats on Hub Of The Day!!!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 12, 2011:

Thank you, randomcreative. I hope this is useful both to people looking to scale down and those spending Thanksgiving alone through circumstances beyond their control.

Jane, thank you very much for reading and for commenting. I am glad this is something you do at present and hope others will give it at least some consideration. As I am sure you will know, a simple act and show of thoughtfulness can make such a difference to many people.

Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook on October 12, 2011:

Thanks so much for sharing this story. We have always included "orphans" for the holidays and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 11, 2011:

This is so useful for anyone looking to scale down for Thanksgiving, particularly those who do not want to prepare an entire turkey. Thanks for the recipes!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 11, 2011:

Hi, Shelly and thanks for the visit and comment. You make a very good point, these recipes could easily be adapted to use up some left over turkey.

Simone - thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it and that they can be adapted to vegetarian tastes. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving - whatever you decide to eat! :)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on October 11, 2011:

I am one of the people you mention who prefers to spend Thanksgiving alone- and actively chooses to do so whenever given the chance! For this reason, I really appreciate this Hub, and LOVE the recipes! I can just substitute a vegetarian, soy-based turkey or chicken for the meat part and follow the rest. Voted up and awesome! Your recipe Hubs are the best!

Shelly McRae from Phoenix, Arizona on October 11, 2011:

These recipes are also great ideas for using up leftover turkey. Thanks for sharing.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 11, 2011:

Thank you Treathyl Fox. I'm glad you liked the page.

Treathyl FOX on October 11, 2011:

Perfect!

Shared this on my Facebook page for my website.

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Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 11, 2011:

Thank you very much for the visit and wonderful comment, Bobri Dobri. I'm glad you liked the page and hope that some of it is useful for you.

Bobri Dobri from Oklahoma on October 10, 2011:

Gordon, what awesome pictures you have! It's probably the best food photos I'be seen here on Hubpages. And recipes are amazing, too. Bookmarked, up and awesome!

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 10, 2011:

Hello, Deborah and thank you very much. It is of course sad when people are left on their own at times of national or international celebration, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or whatever. I'm glad you like the idea and I truly hope it inspires at least one person, somewhere, to make that call.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on October 10, 2011:

These recipes look absolutely delicious! I love this hub, although the thought of someone spending my favorite holiday alone makes me sad. It was thoughtful of you to suggest that we all add another chair and invite someone who otherwise would spend the holiday alone.

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 10, 2011:

K9, great to hear from you and I am glad you like these ideas. You are of course absolutely correct in that these recipes are ideal for any time of year, not just Thanksgiving or Christmas. Don't you think it's a shame that so many people only consider having turkey at the year end holidays? Thanks very much for your visit and comment :)

India Arnold from Northern, California on October 10, 2011:

Your Schnitzel style breaded turkey breast fillet sound delightful! I would try any of these during the year! Brussels sprouts are among my favorite veggies, so these two together get high marks by me Gordon. These recipes would be great packaged up for a lunch on the go during the work week as well! Hmmm...I may have just cooked these up the night before for a trip to the office (back when I went to the office). Great images and easy directions, up and everything across the board!

HubHugs~

K9

Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 10, 2011:

Denise: Thank you very much for visiting and taking the time to comment. Velveting is a tip I picked up on a Chinese cooking TV show years ago - it is normally used only for chicken but works very well with turkey. It's not necessary with red meats. Glad you liked the end bit - thanks again.

Flora: Thank you also for visiting and commenting. Yes you are so right about many people preferring to be alone on holidays. It's like so many other things in that it simply comes down to personal circumstances and preferences.

FloraBreenRobison on October 10, 2011:

very helpful for people who enjoy being alone on holidays-they can be extremely stressful and that is not what a holiday should be about-stress. So lots of people would love to just relax.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 10, 2011:

Gordon-I loved this hub. YOu've given three great recipe alternatives. I never knew about 'velveting' the meat in a stir fry. Thanks for that interesting tip.

I liked your comments at the end encouraging others to include those who are eating Thanksgiving alone.

Nicely done. Voted up and across.