This week on The Takeout: Hibernation Holiday

Overhead view of servings of rolls, sliced turkey, vegetables, and sauces arranged on a table
Here’s a sneak peek of what we’re bringing you on The Takeout this week.
Photo: Allison Robicelli, Graphic: Rebecca Fassola

Welcome, one and all, as The Takeout celebrates Thanksgiving 2020 style: Hibernation Holiday. Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and we don’t want to pretend that it will remotely resemble celebrations from years past. In fact, it really shouldn’t. If there’s one meaningful gift we can give each other this year, it’s a wide berth in the name of public health. Instead of soldiering on like nothing has changed, let’s use this time to hunker down and spend our mini-vacation centering ourselves, preparing for the transformative year that lies ahead.

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Every day this week, starting Monday, we’ll be providing inspiration for next week’s altered festivities in the form of stories, hot takes, and, of course, recipes. For the latter, staff writer Allison Robicelli has prepared you a scalable feast, breaking down a standard Thanksgiving turkey into its component parts and using each one to create a different unique entree—trust us, they’re all way more interesting than carved poultry heaped on a plate with gravy. We hope that, by presenting these recipes a week early, we give you as much time as possible to update your shopping lists.

We don’t presume to know what your plans are this year, but we hope that no matter what your holiday brings, you get to set aside some time to hibernate. We could all use a bit of that.

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laurapevybradley
LauraPevyBradley

First of all, I absolutely love this idea and am grateful that you have come up with this concept!

Second, I would love some recipe logistics tips. My husband and I will be spending Thanksgiving just the two of us, out of an abundance of precaution for those high risk in our families. I would love to make a meal for us with some (not all) of our fav traditional dishes. While we’d obviously enjoy leftovers, I don’t want to make an entire portion of all the dishes because that’s just way too much damn food. Any tips (aside from the obvious “just half the recipe” note) in creating a downsized yet still fun and filling Thanksgiving day meal would be much appreciated!