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Pro-tip: Don't put a frozen turkey in your hot deep-fryer. Thaw that bird out first, or you're going to ruin Thanksgiving for everyone.

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For many folks, Thanksgiving dinner will be for immediate family only this year due?to the coronavirus pandemic. Large multi-family gatherings are not recommended or aren't allowed in some states.

If you're used to cooking for a huge crowd? or haven't cooked a holiday feast before? it can be tough to know how much to cook. You don't want to be overwhelmed with leftovers, but you obviously don't want to run out of food, either.

Here is how much turkey and sides to cook for a smaller-than-usual crowd.

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How many pounds of turkey should you make for a small Thanksgiving dinner?

Aim for 1? pounds of turkey per person, so for six people, buy a 10-pound turkey. If you can, that is; finding smaller turkeys may be a challenge this year.

The safest way to thaw a frozen turkey is in the refrigerator. You'll need about 24 hours per 4 to 5 pounds of turkey. For speedier thawing, put the turkey in a sink of cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes, and plan for about 30 minutes per pound.

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How many Thanksgiving side dishes should you prepare for a smaller meal?

  • Carrots: A 1-pound bag makes 4 to 5 servings.
  • Cranberry sauce: A 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries makes about 2? cups of sauce; a 16-ounce can has 6 servings.
  • Gravy: Plan for ? cup of gravy per person.
  • Green beans: 1? pounds of beans make 6 to 8 servings.
  • Mashed potatoes: A 5-pound bag of potatoes makes 10 to 12 servings.
  • Stuffing: A 14-ounce bag of stuffing makes about 11 servings.

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Which Thanksgiving dessert works best for a small gathering?

  • Pie: A 9-inch pie can be cut into 8 modest slices.
  • Whipped cream: Dolloping whipped cream on those 8 modest slices will require 1 cup of heavy cream beaten with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar (a splash of vanilla extract is nice, too).
  • Ice cream: ? la mode doesn't require much 1 pint per pie should suffice.
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