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Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Recipes for One Person

A traditional roast turkey Thanksgiving dinner prepared in a quantity to serve one person
A traditional roast turkey Thanksgiving dinner prepared in a quantity to serve one person | Source

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.

Tasty and Easy Turkey and Vegetable Stir Fry for One Person

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

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.

The turkey pieces are velveted to help protect them during cooking
The turkey pieces are velveted to help protect them during cooking
Vegetables prepared for stir frying
Vegetables prepared for stir frying
The turkey has to be drained prior to being stir fried
The turkey has to be drained prior to being stir fried
Partially cooked turkey is removed from the wok
Partially cooked turkey is removed from the wok
The turkey and vegetable stir fry is just about ready to serve
The turkey and vegetable stir fry is just about ready to serve

Ingredients

½ lb diced turkey breast meat
1 egg white
1 tsp corn starch
½ red bell pepper
½ white onion
Generous handful of bean sprouts
2 medium closed cup mushrooms
½ tsp dried chilli flakes (optional)
Salt and white pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

Method

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.

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. Spoon in the corn starch and season with up to a quarter teaspoon of salt. Stir to form a smooth, fairly thin paste before adding the turkey and stirring to coat it evenly and well. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate for twenty to thirty minutes.

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 in to leaves. Deseed and slice the red pepper and thickly slice the mushroom. The beansprouts should be washed and shaken dry.

It is important to drain the turkey when you remove it from the refrigerator. Pour it in to 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 a minute until it turns evenly opaque and is sealed. Remove it to a small dish or bowl with a slotted spoon.

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 a minute. Put the turkey back in, along with the mushrooms and chilli flakes and season. Stir fry for another minute before adding the beansprouts for a third and final minute.

You could serve this stir fry with rice or noodles but this is a fairly generous portion and 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.

Breaded Turkey Breast Fillet with New Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts

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

This recipe is based on the Austro/German dish, 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.

Beaten egg and fresh breadcrumbs are used to coat the turkey fillet
Beaten egg and fresh breadcrumbs are used to coat the turkey fillet
6oz turkey breast fillet
6oz 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
Brussels sprouts are prepared for the pot
Brussels sprouts are prepared for the pot

Ingredients

6oz turkey breast fillet
1 egg
2 slices of bread, made in to crumbs
Large Brussels sprouts
Small baby new potatoes
Butter
Pinch of ground nutmeg
½ tsp dried dill
Salt and pepper
Wedge of lemon and parsley sprig to garnish

Method

The quantity of potatoes and Brussels sprouts which you choose to use in this recipe are down to personal choice and essentially how big an appetite you are likely to have. The potatoes should be started 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 twenty-five minutes.

Break the egg in to 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.

The sprouts will take ten to twelve 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.

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.

Sage and Onion Turkey Burger with Fries and Garlic Mayo

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
A baking potato is ideal per portion of fries
A baking potato is ideal per portion of fries
The fries are firstly parboiled
The fries are firstly parboiled
The chilled fries should be patted dry before being fried
The chilled fries should be patted dry before being fried

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.

A modest sized baking potato makes a decent portion of fries. Peel the potato and slice and chop it in to fry shapes. Put the fries in to a wire basket and a pan of cold, unsalted water. Bring to a boil on a high heat before reducing to simmer for five minutes only.

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. Pour the water out of the pot and fill it with cold water before lowering the basket of fries back in to it for five more minutes. This helps to cool the fries quickly and prevents them turning grey or black. Lift the basket back out the water, allow to drain and place the fries carefully in to a plastic dish with a lid and in to the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

Lay the chilled fries on one half of a clean tea towel and pat them dry. Fry them at 300F/150C in oil for five minutes. Drain on kitchen paper, cover and allow to cool. Put them back in a dish and the refrigerator for a further half hour.

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
The burger is gently shallow fried in oil
The burger is gently shallow fried in oil
The fries are drained on kitchen paper after their final deep fry
The fries are drained on kitchen paper after their final deep fry
The toasted roll is plated with the fries, rady for the rested burger and garlic mayo
The toasted roll is plated with the fries, rady for the rested burger and garlic mayo

Ingredients

½ lb ground turkey
¼ white onion, finely diced
½ tsp dried sage
1 tbsp mayo
1 small garlic clove
1 soft bread roll
Salt and white pepper

Method

This is a really simple burger recipe with no breadcrumbs, egg or other often added ingredients. Put the turkey, diced onion and sage in to 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 three-quarters of an inch and an inch thick.

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 ten to twelve 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.

Put the fries back in to the fryer at 350F/170C for a further five to six 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. 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

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.

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...

4.2 stars from 5 ratings of these Thanksgiving turkey recipes!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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


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Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

No problem, Gordon.


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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 :)


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Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

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.


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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 :)


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Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

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.


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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


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Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

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.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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


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louromano 4 years ago

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


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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


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dodonet 5 years ago from LONDON

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!!


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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


michigan 5 years ago

Thanks x 3 for the great recipes.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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 5 years ago

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


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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.


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tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

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


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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.


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Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

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


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

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.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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.


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

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


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diydiva 5 years ago from California

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!


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Matt Wells 5 years ago

Looks delicious!


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applecsmith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

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!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

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


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

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.


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

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


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jean2011 5 years ago from Canada

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.


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Night Magic 5 years ago from Canada

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.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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? :)


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

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!


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Greenhousewife 5 years ago

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!


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

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


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

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.


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MarleneB 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

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


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

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.


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JamaGenee 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

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


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

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


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

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.

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SuperheroSales 5 years ago

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!


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

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


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Congratulations on this beautiful hub. So thoughtful of you!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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!!!


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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 5 years ago

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


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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!


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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! :)


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

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!


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Shelly McRae 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

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


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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


Treathyl FOX 5 years ago

Perfect!

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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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.


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Bobri Dobri 5 years ago from Oklahoma

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!


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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.


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

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.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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 :)


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California

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


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

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.


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

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.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

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.

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