11 Thanksgiving Main Dishes to Replace Roast Turkey

Turkey is getting pricey this year, and it's not the only feast-worthy main course out there
Roasted Duck Breast with Hazelnut and Fregola Risotto

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11 Thanksgiving Main Dishes to Replace Roast Turkey

11 Thanksgiving Main Dishes to Replace Roast Turkey

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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 over last year 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.

Beef Wellington

Beef Wellington

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This classic entrée is usuually enjoyed at Christmas dinner, which makes it the perfect dish to serve to get your into the holiday spirit. Wrapped in flaky dough, this filet steak is coated with pâté and duxelles, making it a delectable main dish.

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Herbed Rack of Lamb

Herbed Rack of Lamb

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Roasted in a classic marinade of Dijon mustard, garlic, onion, rosemary, and thyme, this tender rack of lamb has a rich but simple flavor. It works nicely with a glass of red wine and some scalloped potatoes for the perfect dinner.

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Honey-Glazed Fresh Ham

Honey-Glazed Fresh Ham

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Honey-glazed ham is typically a Christmas and Easter classic, but there is no reason not to serve this incredible dish more than twice a year. Ensure that everyone is excited as soon as they enter the house with the smell of this dish roasting in the oven. Your guests won’t believe this delectable ham wasn’t store-bought.  

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Asparagus Butter

Pan-Seared Salmon with Asparagus Butter

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Looking for something to help cut the Thanksgiving Day calories? This healthy entrée may not seem like the obvious choice for a Thanksgiving dish, but it perfectly balances out the heavy sides. The asparagus butter glazes the salmon for even more flavor.

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Perfect Brisket

Perfect Brisket

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Brisket is a great alternative to turkey because the meat, which is a comfort food for many, is juicy and delicious. It goes well with some roasted vegetables and a carrot and onion gravy.  

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Pork Tenderloin with Warm Plum Salsa

Pork Tenderloin with Warm Plum Salsa

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A whole roasted pork tenderloin will easily steal the show at any Thanksgiving dinner. This tenderloin is topped with a sweet, chunky plum salsa that serves as a great replacement for cranberry sauce.

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Pumpkin Lasagna with Rosemary and Ricotta

Pumpkin Lasagna with Rosemary and Ricotta

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Newly vegetarian or have an important Thanksgiving guest who practices vegetarianism? Then this is the perfect meatless, filling Thanksgiving dish. With pumpkin, creamy ricotta, and crunchy macadamia nuts, this lasagna is a twist on classic lasagna, leaving you with a dish that will win the approval of veg-heads and meat lovers.

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Roasted Duck Breast with Hazelnut and Fregola Risotto

Roasted Duck Breast with Hazelnut and Fregola Risotto

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This roasted duck breast is a great option if you’re looking to expand your signature dishes. It sits on top of a sweet potato purée that is filled with hazelnuts to give you fall flavors in every bite of your sensational duck.

Click here for the Roasted Duck Breast with Hazelnut and Fregola Risotto Recipe.

Roast Pork Loin with Porcini Mushrooms

Roast Pork Loin with Porcini Mushrooms

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This pork loin is sautéed with olive oil, and then roasted with earthy porcini mushrooms, fresh rosemary sprigs, and garlic to make an incredibly impressive Thanksgiving dish. The mushrooms soak up the meat juices to ensure you get meaty flavor in every bite.

Click here for the Roast Pork Loin with Porcini Mushrooms Recipe.

Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken

Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken

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If you want to get your main course out of the way, so you can work on perfecting your sides and desserts, then use a slow-cooker. Lemon, garlic, oregano, and basil coat this chicken to give it a juicy taste. The best part about using roasted chicken to replace pricey turkey is that it tastes similar to turkey, and they look the same when they’re drowning in gravy

Click here for the Slow-Cooker Roast Chicken Recipe. 

Stuffed Flank Steak with Bacon and Pickles

Stuffed Flank Steak with Bacon and Pickles

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This flank steak is rolled with bacon and pickles to help the steak retain its moisture in this deliciously tender dish. It also goes perfectly with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans — two Thanksgiving favorites!

Click here for the Stuffed Flank Steak with Bacon and Pickles Recipe.