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Gobble Up These Awesome Alternatives To Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey

While roast turkey definitely rules on Thanksgiving, there are loads of people who crave something besides the typical big bird. These mains are still worthy of a special place at the holiday table, but they're a twist on the traditional.

1. Special Occasion Stuffed Crown Roast Pork

This five-star rated recipe, featuring a tart cranberry stuffing, looks stunning on your holiday table. And you're not going to believe how good it tastes.

Crown Roast

Photo by Meredith

2. Herb Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Good things do come in small packages. These small birds are great when your flock's just a few.

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

Photo by Jean Ann

3. Baked Dijon Salmon

Fancy fish, worthy of a celebration, this recipe has been made more than 2,000 times, so you know it's a winner.

Baked Dijon Salmon

Baked Dijon Salmon | Photo by Angela Thorassie

4. Roast Duck 

Far richer than its poultry cousin, this bird is a big hit among lovers of dark meat. Just remember, one duck feeds 2 to 3 people, max.

Roast Duck and Merlot

Roast Duck and Merlot | Photo by Meredith

5.Tofu Turkey

Not really a "turkey", this faux bird flies high alongside a mess of roast veggies.

6. Chef John's Perfect Prime Rib

Please pass the horseradish sauce! This big ol' hunk of beef makes for a dramatic centerpiece to this feast celebrating family and friends stuffing themselves silly. Watch this video demo below for a deep dive on making this regal roast.


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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!