You can duck the issue of appropriate turkey size by roasting another kind of bird instead. (Edward Schneider/For The Washington Post)

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Q: What if there’s only two or a few of us? Should I roast a turkey breast?

A: Well, it depends. (What, you were looking for a definitive answer?) Size-wise, a turkey breast is definitely a good fit for a small crowd, though for a pair, you’ll probably want to aim for something close to 6 pounds. Even then, you’ll have some extra for subsequent meals.

Of course, with a breast, you get only white meat. To satisfy those who go for dark meat, consider getting a small whole turkey. You might have especially good luck with a local farmer. Our list of local turkeys this year includes quite a number of vendors selling whole birds as small as 8 pounds, especially when it comes to heritage breeds. The general rule of thumb is to allow 1 pound of turkey per person (for more on turkey size, see our earlier post), which means you’ll have plenty for leftovers.

If the ideas of a white-meat-only breast or too-big whole turkey don’t appeal to you, there are other options. You might consider a duck, which is smaller, with rich, gamey flavor. Or go the ultimate route for single- or small-serving poultry and cook Cornish hens.

Or if it’s just two of you, make whatever you want. No one else needs to know. . . .

Today’s plan-ahead tip from deputy Food editor Bonnie S. Benwick:

Cranberries are in stores now. Buy a few bags and pop them in the freezer; check out the great cranberry sauce and relish ideas in our Recipe Finder.

More Thanksgiving FAQs:

Should I brine my bird?

How big a turkey should I buy?

When to buy and how to store your turkey