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How beautiful would your Thanksgiving table look with this dish?

Every year, we gather around a beautifully decorated table with our family and friends to enjoy a gigantic meal for Thanksgiving. Traditionally, this meal always centers on a roasted turkey surrounded by such side dishes as sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and gravy.

This year, however, turkey prices have increased by 15 to 20 percent as a result of the bird flu outbreak that killed around eight million turkeys — and that might mean that it's time to consider some other celebratory food for your table.

Whether increased turkey prices discourage you or you’re just looking to switch things up, we’ve come up with 11 great replacements for the usual Thanksgiving bird. Each of these dishes goes well with your signature side dishes, so you won’t have to rework your meal around them. Whether you’re looking for an impressive beef presentation or a vegetarian main course, we’ve got you covered.

You may think it’s not Thanksgiving without your turkey, but these dishes are so delicious that no one will miss it. If you’re not convinced, you can also make these in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to feed all of the family members who just flew in for the week. Trust us, once your guests take a bite of your honey-baked ham, they might not even remember turkey.

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