Alternatives to a Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! For families all across the country this means there will be a picture-picture roast turkey as the dinner centerpiece. But, what can you do if you don’t like turkey? Here are some great and delicious alternatives to a Thanksgiving turkey.

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The bird doesn’t have to be the word with these alternatives to a Thanksgiving turkey

  • Pork. If your family prefers pork, there are numerous ways to cook it that will not only be delicious and crowd pleasing.
    • Crown Roast of Pork. For a dish that is truly the centerpiece and more than picture-worthy, try a pork crown roast. With just a little bit of preparation, you can enjoy this majestic dish.
    • Slowroasted pork. With this method, you’ll have meat that is so tender it is falling off the bone. Add some fruit, like cranberries or kumquats for a delightful fall feast.
  • Poultry. Even if you don’t like turkey, you can still have other poultry for Thanksgiving.
    • Perfect Roast Chicken. You can still get that traditional look of a roast turkey, but on a smaller scale with a chicken. And, since it’s smaller, it won’t take as long to cook.
    • Cornish Game Hens. These tiny birds have a delicious rich flavor. These would be ideal for a small group Thanksgiving and you could cook one bird for every one to two people.
  • Non-meat. If your family is vegetarian, try these meat-free options for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.
    • Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna. This delightful pasta dish uses fall flavors for a wonderful combination.
    • Wild Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna. Another great fall dish that will surely wow your guests is this lasagna packed with flavor.

What is your preferred main dish for Thanksgiving?

Chad Vaught

CEO of Jimmy Michel Motors, where nobody beats our deal!

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