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Just because there are only two of you doesn't mean you can't have an Elegant Thanksgiving Dinner for Two. Bonus the dinner can be on the table in about 30 minutes.

Elegant Thanksgiving Dinner for Two

Just because there are only two of you doesn't mean you can't have an Elegant Thanksgiving Dinner for Two that can be on the table in around 30 minutes.
Course Main
Cuisine Thanksgiving
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Quinn Caudill


  • 20 oz. package lean turkey tenderloins, about 3
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp. rosemary
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 (14 oz) can whole cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. sour cherry preserves
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Rub the tenderloins with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt, black pepper, and rosemary. Set aside.

  3. Heat an oven proof pan over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

  4. When the oil is shimmering, add turkey tenderloins. Sear for 4-5 minutes until golden crust forms.

  5. Reduce heat to medium and turn the tenderloins over. Sear for another 3-4 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, garlic and bring to a boil.
  6. Place the pan in the oven and cook until a meat thermometer registers 165°F in the thickest part of the turkey. About 20 minutes.

Cranberry Cherry Sauce:

  1. While tenderloins cook stir together cranberries, sour cherry preserves and lemon juice in a small sauce-pan.

  2. Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer until sauce is thickened and reduced by half.

  3. Cook the Alexa Mashed Cauliflower with Butter and Sea Salt and Riced Vegetable Pilaf with Sea Salt and Thyme according to package directions.


  1. When turkey tenderloins are cooked through, remove the pan from oven. Place tenderloins on a cutting board and cover loosely with aluminum foil for 10 minutes.
  2. Place the pan with juices over medium heat.

  3. Melt butter in the pan then whisk in flour stirring constantly for 1 minute.

  4. Whisk in milk and bring to boil, stirring constantly, until thick. Remove from heat.

To serve:

  1. Place gravy on the bottom of a large serving plate. Top with Riced Vegetable Pilaf. Slice turkey tenderloins and place on top of pilaf. Top with cranberry cheery sauce. 
  2. Serve with Alexa Mashed Cauliflower, store-bought rolls and pecan pie. Happy Thanksgiving!

Recipe Notes

First published by Quinn Caudill for DadWhats4Dinner.com ©2017