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If you're not big on turkey or are planning a small gathering there's no need to roast a huge bird. Instead, here are some elegant alternatives that would look just as beautiful at the center of your holiday table.
Take a look and start planning your holiday menu today.
Turkey Alternative: Go with Goose
Goose breast is a great alternative to turkey on Thanksgiving because it is smaller and will cook much quicker.
Pair it with dried apricots, rosemary, carrots and cloves and you've got yourself and irresistible main course.
Turkey Alternative: Delicious Duck
Take your Thanksgiving meal to the next level by dishing up duck breast drenched in a luxurious pomegranate sauce with a hint of cayenne pepper.
Turkey Alternative: Bacon and Chicken
Bacon makes everything better and Thanksgiving is no exception.
Skip the turkey and opt for a bacon-wrapped chicken breast roasted with shallots. You could make one for each guest and not have to worry about carving a huge bird.
Turkey Alternative: Smoked Ham
Pork lovers will delight in having a tasty smoked ham instead of turkey for Thanksgiving.
Turkey Alternative: Pan-Roasted Pigeon
If you are fortunate enough to find pigeon at your local butcher shop then you've got to try this recipe from celebrated British chef Theo Randall.
He pairs pan-roasted pigeon with chanterelles sautéed in garlic, blanched swiss chard and marsala wine.
Turkey Alternative: Meatloaf with Herbs
Anyone should be so lucky to be served this elegant meatloaf on Thanksgiving.
The process is the same as with standard meatloaf, except for the addition of herbs like sage, parsley and thyme, which add flavor and juiciness. A garlicky herb sauce makes it all that more festive.
Turkey Alternative: Beef Wellington
This decadent dish is an ideal Thanksgiving main course.
A tender beef fillet is smothered in a savory mushroom sauce, covered in puff pastry and baked to perfection.
Turkey Alternative: Roasted Pheasant
Mix things up by serving game on your festive occasion. The sweet and salty flavor combination of pheasant, bacon and prunes will delight everyone's palate.
Turkey Alternatives: Lamb Rack
A tender lamb rack is an impressive looking roast to present at the table, your guests are sure to forget about the turkey.
Roast up with a mix of veggies in the same pan for a full on flavour fusion.
Turkey Alternative: Opt for Salmon
Salmon is an unconventional turkey alternative but it is still a tasty one, especially for vegetarian folks who enjoy seafood.
Opt for this Tasmanian-style salmon filet slathered with lemongrass, purslane, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. The flavor is to die for.
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