Categories: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Menu for Two

So much has gone wrong in 2020 – the dreaded virus, the wrath of Mother Nature, and the devastation in Artsakh and Armenia.

Despite it all, we must keep our faith, count our blessings, and be thankful for what we have.

As Doug and I celebrate quietly together at home, we will pray that 2021 will bring us a brighter, healthier, more peaceful year.

We wish you and your families a Blessed Thanksgiving!

With all of this in mind, we’re taking an easy approach to our Thanksgiving menu. Doug will prepare the entree on ‘the day’ while I do the sides and dessert – a day ahead.

Recipes follow- except for the (store-bought) cranberry relish.

Turkey Tenderloin with Vegetables and Pan Gravy
Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans with Almonds
Stonewall Kitchen® Cranberry Relish
Drop Biscuits
Skinny Crustless Pumpkin Pie

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Stovetop Turkey Tenderloin with Vegetables and Pan Gravy

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 (1½) pkg Butterball turkey tenderloin, cut cross-wise into 2 even pieces
  • 1/2 large onion sliced
  • 3 stalks celery cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 2 md carrots peeled and cut into 1/2” pieces
  • 8 oz mushrooms wiped clean and sliced 
  • Herbes d’Provence to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • ~1 cup chicken broth
  • 2-3 tbsp cornstarch or flour to thicken gravy

Instructions

  • In a 10” inch non-stick skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil. Sauté the vegetables with a little salt and pepper until they begin to soften and become slightly golden. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Unwrap turkey tenderloin and pat dry with paper towels. Cutit into 2 even pieces. Lightly oil each piece and season with salt, pepper, and dry herbs to taste, coating all sides.
  • Heat 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil in a 12” non-stick pan on medium-high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, add the tenderloin pieces and sear for about 3 minutes on each side – without burning! Once browned all over, add about 1 cup of chicken broth. Cover the pan and cook gently over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes. Turn the tenderloin pieces and add the sautéed vegetables. Cover, and continue cooking for another 15 or so minutes.
  • Using a meat thermometer, check the turkey’s internal temperature.It’s done when it reaches 165°F. Remove the turkey from the pan, place on aplatter and cover with foil so it rests and stays warm.
  • Meantime, dissolve 2 to 3 Tbsp. cornstarch in cold water until dissolved. Stir mixture into the skillet with broth and vegetables until it thickens.
  • Cut the tenderloin into slices; arrange on a serving platter with the vegetables and pan gravy on the side.
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Oven Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3 lg sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 ½” inch chunks
  • 1 sweet onion cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Garnish

  • Pomegranate arils and or chopped pecans optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  • In a bowl, mix sweet potatoes, onion wedges, salt, pepper, garlic, and olive oil. Toss to coat. Spread in a lightly oiled shallow roasting pan.
  • Roast mixture in preheated oven, turning now and then, until the vegetables are soft and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  • Garnish with pomegranate arils and/or chopped pecans, if you wish, before serving.
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Green Beans with Almonds

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 (16oz) package frozen green beans whole, French cut or regular cut
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds pan-toasted
  • 3-4 tbsp butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest optional
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a small skillet over low heat, toast almonds until lightly golden, but not too brown. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  • Place beans in a large saucepan and cook according to package directions until tender-crisp; drain and place in a bowl.
  • Stir in butter pieces, lemon juice, zest, if using, and salt and pepper, to taste. Top with toasted almonds just before serving.
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Drop Biscuits

Recipe by Samantha Seneviratne for New York Times | photo credit: Craig Lee for The New York Times
Course Side Dish
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 10 tbsp cold unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup whole milk add 1-2 tablespoons if needed

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it is the texture of coarse meal with some pea-size pieces.
  • Using a fork, stir in the milk until just evenly moistened, adding up to 2 more tablespoons, if necessary, but stopping before the dough gets too wet. Scoop the dough into 8 rough mounds (about 1/3-cup each) and place them on the prepared sheets. Bake the biscuits until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
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‘Skinny’ Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Adapted rom a recipe from Skinnytaste.com
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 15 oz canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar unpacked
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Place pumpkin puree in a large bowl. Add melted butter and mix well.
  • Using an electric mixer or wire whisk, mix in brown sugar, milk, eggs, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg and vanilla. Beat until mixture is completely smooth.
  • Using vegetable spray, lightly coat the bottom of an 8″x8″ baking dish; evenly pour filling into it.
  • Bake about 45 to 50 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Serve with whipped cream if you wish.

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