Instead of slaving over your oven for hours cooking a bird many people won’t even want, try making other seasonally appropriate dishes that your family and friends will enjoy and that the pilgrims would have enjoyed, too. A roast chicken or a sweet pork roast are both crowd pleasers. But if you aren’t quite ready to let go of turkey, you could make a simpler version of the big bird with turkey tenderloinsor turkey breast.
After all, this is your holiday. Make whatever you’ll be most thankful to eat!