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A Turkey-Free Thanksgiving

Nov 09, 2012 05:26PM ● By Anonymous

But if the bird isn’t the word when it comes to your holiday celebration, that’s OK. Even though I like turkey, it’s not the star of the day to me. What really matters are the side dishes – mashed potatoes, corn casserole, green beans, sweet potatoes, and biscuits are just a few of the items that grace the table. So if someone were to replace that turkey with, say, a succulent duck dish or mouthwatering roast beef, the only one that would gasp in horror is Mother Tradition herself.

We’ve collected a variety of non-turkey options that would please everyone but the most traditional of guests. Please note that none of these recipes have been tested by yours truly, but they come from trustworthy sources.

Poultry options
Maple-Glazed Duck with Savoy Cabbage (from

Roasted Duck with Figs (From The New York Times)

Smoked Paprika Roasted Chicken (From Simply Recipes)

Cornbread-stuffed Cornish Game Hens (from Epicurious)

Ham options
Brown Sugar Bourbon Baked Ham (from Southern Living)

Marsala-Glazed Ham (from Cooking Light)

Lamb options
Crown Roast of Lamb (from the Food Network)

Bacon-Wrapped Herbed Loin of Lamb (from The Washington Post)

Rack of Lamb with Rosemary Butter (from Food and Wine)

Beef options
Prime Rib with Horseradish (from Taste of Home)

Braised Short Ribs with a Root Vegetable Ragout (From Gourmet)

Beef Filets with Mushroom Gravy (From Cooking Light)

Pork options
Sage- and Garlic-Crusted Pork Tenderloin (from Martha Stewart)

Apple- and Leek-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (from Eating Well)

Vegetarian options
Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagna (from Martha Stewart)

Red Wine Braised Roots (from Eating Well)

Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing (from Chow)

Will there be turkey on your Thanksgiving table this year? If not, what makes you break tradition?