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?