Simple foods for Thanksgiving

Consider these recipes and tips gathered by the Food team that will keep you and your guests satisfied without requiring hours of laborious work.

Scale down the meal. Instead of a whole turkey, think about preparing just the thighs, legs or breast, The Post’s Becky Krystal writes. Or swap the large bird for smaller options, such as a roast chicken, Cornish hens, duck or quail. You can also modify traditional side dishes by making adjustments to the sizes of your cooking pans or focusing more on ingredients such as fresh produce, which you can buy in the quantities you need.

“If Thanksgiving has been a stressful holiday for you as a cook, this is your reprieve,” cookbook author Cynthia Graubart told Krystal. “You can find a way to make it special, but it doesn’t have to be filled with stress and angst and anxiety.”

How to host a smaller Thanksgiving while still enjoying your favorite holiday flavors

Try a sheet-pan dinner. What do turkey breast roulade with sweet potatoes, green beans and shallots; harissa turkey legs with sumac sweet potatoes; and Persian-style stuffed delicata squash with broccolini and carrots all have in common? They are all designed to be a whole meal for at least four guests that can be made on sheet pans.

The Thanksgiving sheet-pan plan

Leave room for dessert. Regardless of whether you’ve taken up pandemic baking or not, check out these recipes for holiday desserts that feature many classic flavors and ingredients, such as pumpkin, apple, pecan and sweet potato, in ways that are both traditional and unexpected.

“One of the many great things about Thanksgiving desserts is that they can often be made in advance,” Krystal writes. “Less stress, more sweetness.”

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