Turkey Dinner Alternatives

November 1, 2009

Be thankful for something different on the Thanksgiving table.

Mark Boughton Photography; styling by Teresa Blackburn

Lots of people fantasize about serving something other than turkey for Thanksgiving—especially after cooking (and cleaning up) a full dinner with all the trimmings for years on end. But the yearning for something tastier, easier or more exotic usually gives way to tradition.

This year, we're featuring three alternatives to traditional turkey. The roast pork provides a large roasted centerpiece on a platter, and the chicken has flavors reminiscent of turkey and dressing. The cabbage rolls, on the other hand, are the antithesis of turkey dinner, for those of you who really want a new tradition.


Chicken with Maple Stuffing

Herbed Maple Walnut Chicken

Have the flavor of stuffing without actually stuffing—this recipe uses boneless breasts.


Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Shallots

Pork and pears capture the flavor of autumn.


Braised Cabbage Rolls

Turkey and quinoa make for a healthy spin on a classic. Great for dinner or a shared appetizer!


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