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Holiday Menu: Citrus-Herb Turkey Breast

If you come from a small family or members of your extended family just aren't around for holiday dinners, you can still enjoy a traditional holiday feast without going overboard. We've put together a lovely dinner menu for a small group that won't keep you chained to the kitchen for days or leave you eating leftovers for very long.

Holiday Menu: Citrus-Herb Turkey Breast

Our concept focuses on less filling versions of traditional recipes so guests will be able to sample the variety of dishes you've prepared without feeling they've overeaten.

And naturally, a smaller crowd should mean a smaller work load. Planned correctly, some of these dishes can be made ahead of time, allowing you to better enjoy your holiday and truly be a part of your small gathering.

appetizer

Chilled Citrus Beet Soup

You can make this dish a day or two in advance and store it, tightly covered, in the refrigerator and it won't suffer at all. As a matter of fact, the flavors will be more fully developed.
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main course

Citrus And Fresh Herb Rubbed Turkey Breast

When you're only serving a few people, opt for a mid-sized turkey breast instead of a whole bird to minimize preparation time and the amount of leftovers. This combination of herbs and butter spread under the skin resulted in moist and flavor-infused breast meat with crispy, golden skin.
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side dishes

Cranberry Sourdough Stuffing Cups

When it comes to Thanksgiving, stuffing holds an honored place in many family meals. This recipe breaks from tradition by baking individual servings in muffin tins rather than in a casserole or inside the turkey.
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Quick Butter Roasted Asparagus

Oven-roasting is an easy way to prepare asparagus that really brings out its sweetness and rich flavor. A little butter and a squeeze of lemon is all you need to make this a perfect side dish for this easy Thanksgiving menu.
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Roasted Garlic And Thyme Potatoes

Red potatoes, flavored with fresh thyme and garlic and roasted until golden brown, are a nice complement for citrus and herb flavors of the turkey breast.
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dessert

Ginger and Cardamom-Spiced Pear Cobbler

A nice warm cobbler served alongside vanilla ice cream is the perfect way to use favorite seasonal fruits like pears for your Thanksgiving dessert.
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