Recipes for a Smaller Holiday Table

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By Recipe Team on November 16, 2020

While many of us may have fewer guests physically present at our tables this holiday season, that doesn't make us any less thankful for our families and friends.

For your smaller scale holiday dinners in 2020, we're here to help with this complete menu of recipes from the Carilion Living food files. From starter salad to post-dinner sip, its five courses are shorter on servings, not on the festive flavors you love.     

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

An entire turkey may be too much for your gathering this year. Instead, try our recipe for herb-roasted turkey breast. While pared down compared to a whole bird, it still provides enough servings for seconds. Roasting the turkey and vegetables together in one pan saves time and cleanup, too.

Slices of herb-roasted turkey breast on a platter.

Roasted Beet Walnut Salad

A colorful starter for your holiday meal. Roasted beets refrigerate well—for a scaled-back gathering, consider serving the dressing on the side for each person to add on their own. That way you can refrigerate any leftover beets and dressing separately for tomorrow's lunch, without things getting soggy.

Plate of roasted beet and walnut salad.

Green Beans with Herb Dressing

Every hearty holiday table spread needs a side of something green and fresh to brighten things up. These lightly steamed green beans, in an herb dressing that picks up on the flavors of the herb-roasted turkey, are just the thing. 

A plate of cooked green beans in herb dressing.

Ginger and Turmeric Cider

Zesty lemon, spicy turmeric and sweet apple cider—what more could you want for cold-weather sipping? As a bonus, ginger has known tummy-soothing properties for anyone who goes a little overboard at dinner. The recipe as shown makes one individual serving, so it can be easily adapted to your number of guests this year. 

A mug of hot cider with fresh ginger and lemon.

Cranberry Flax Pumpkin Bread

We think this festive bread is just as perfect a dessert as pumpkin pie, plus it's a bit healthier too. Enjoy leftover slices for breakfast the next morning, since you'll probably need a break from cooking and cleaning by then!

Closeup image of a loaf of cranberry flax pumpkin bread sliced on a wooden cutting board.
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