If you’re tired of making the same old turkey recipe every year, check out these recipes for nontraditional Thanksgiving entrees to cook instead!
Move over, Turkey! I know, I know - I can’t believe I just said that either. But just wait. After searching Pinterest high and low and clicking through lots of different Thanksgiving dinner ideas, I’ve compiled a list of what I think will be fabulous alternative main dishes that you can cook up this Thanksgiving. Now, I’m not saying that you totally have to abdicate turkey all together - no, no, no. Instead, I’m going to show y’all some other Thanksgiving entrees and Thanksgiving food ideas that you can serve your family this year. Before you panic even more, two of these recipes actually have turkey in them! It’s just not the traditional oven-baked/cooked-in-a-bag/fried turkey that we all usually eat Thanksgiving dinner after Thanksgiving dinner. But hey, that’s okay, right? Life is all about trying new things!
For my list of nontraditional Thanksgiving entrees, I’ve included one pork recipe, two turkey recipes, one vegan recipe, and one chicken recipe. These recipes will go great with your traditional Thanksgiving menu because I didn’t want to venture too outside the box, as I know sometimes it’s hard to break tradition.
So, as always … let’s get cooking!
I decided to start off small. We’ve probably all had ham at a Thanksgiving meal at some point in our lives. In my family, my daddy usually doesn’t make ham on Thanksgiving (but that’s because I don’t really like ham). We just stick to the good ol’ turkey. However, I have been to other traditional Thanksgiving dinners where ham is being served! This ham recipe is called Southern Honey Glazed Ham, and it is the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving this year. This ham isn’t that hard to make; there are only 7 ingredients, including spices, and it’s simply baked in the oven. Now, it’ll take all day to cook, but that’s exactly what turkey does too - so that’s nothing new. This recipe looks yummy, and that’s coming from me, the girl who isn’t a big fan of ham! Check it out!
Via The Gunny Sack
This next Thanksgiving recipe is called Thanksgiving Pizza because it combines all the foods that we usually eat on Thanksgiving into a pizza! The ingredients are mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy, green bean casserole, and stuffing. In essence, you’re still getting all those delicious Thanksgiving flavors that you are familiar with, but in a different fashion. That’s right - you can still make your famous stuffing recipe! Y’all may think eating a pizza on Thanksgiving seems strange and not fancy, but I would bet money that children would love this. Pizza on Thanksgiving?! How cool is that?!
On a side note, this recipe is also good for any Thanksgiving leftovers if you decide to whip up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
This next recipe is called Apple Cider Glazed Roasted Chicken. It’s similar to a baked turkey, except this recipe mixes and combines flavors of fall, such as apples and apple cider. This recipe calls for apple cider, a whole chicken, a granny smith or pink lady apple, onions, and spices. I included this recipe for a couple of reasons. First, chicken is my favorite poultry. It’s not dry like turkey is, and you usually have less leftovers, which is perfect for those of us who live alone and would never finish the leftovers that a turkey creates! Second, I really like that this recipe uses apples. I love cooking foods that mimic the weather outside, and we all know that apples are the epitome of fall! Try this recipe this year!
I wanted to include a vegan/vegetarian option! This vegetarian Thanksgiving entree recipe is called Vegan Lentil & Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie. This recipe is low in fat and high in protein, which makes it an awesome Thanksgiving entree option - even for those of us who aren’t vegan/vegetarian! If you check out the ingredient list, you will be mesmerized by how delicious this recipe is. This is the recipe that I can’t wait to try out!
Okay. I caved.
I couldn’t write an entire blog about Thanksgiving dishes without including something very turkey-specific, but I still wanted to stick to the theme of nontraditional Thanksgiving entrees; and for me, this Thanksgiving turkey recipe is nontraditional. It’s called Roasted Chestnut and Sausage Cornbread Stuffing Filled Turkey Breast Roulade. The name may be a mouthful, but that’s perfect because you are going to be eating this awesome recipe by the spoonful! This recipe combines some of your favorite Thanksgiving foods into one, and it’s actually healthier than the big bird we are so used to eating because it omits the dark meat! The ingredient list and instructions may seem daunting, but you will definitely impress with this Thanksgiving turkey!
Have I convinced you to step outside the traditional box this year to make something a little different for your Thanksgiving entree? Comment and let me know! These ideas will definitely amp up your Thanksgiving dinner menu! As always, share these awesome recipes with your friends, and get cooking!
**Featured image via Odyssey