Turkey may be the grand bird traditionally served at Thanksgiving dinner (or lunch), but who says you have to have it? For those who want to give this special meal a little twist, we’ve gathered a list of our favourite festive, show-stopping alternative main dishes that you and your guests will absolutely love. From country-style boar to Thai red chicken, get ready to salivate and prepare your grocery shopping list a.s.a.p.
Impress your guests with a fancy dinner by preparing a beautiful, succulent Italian country-style boar (see video above). The red wine reduction really elevates the meat. Complete the dish by pairing it with fresh arugula and crispy pan potatoes.
Give your Thanksgiving meal the ultimate makeover with racks of roasted lamb. Take it up a notch by dressing the tender and mouth-watering racks in a flavour-rich sauce made with honey and Pasilla chillies.
Are you and your guests big steak fans? If so, put your trust in this Jamie Oliver recipe. Sometimes simple is best and this sirloin steak proves it. Just five ingredients (paprika, olive oil, parsley, Dijon mustard and lemon) will help the steak shine and your guests will truly be wowed when you serve it alongside colourful ratatouille and saffron rice.
If you’re hosting a huge Thanksgiving feast, we promise this porchetta recipe will not disappoint. After four hours of roasting, you’ll have the sweetest, tenderest pork belly with a delightfully crispy skin that your guests will rave about until Christmas. The secret to getting the crispiest finish on your pork? Simply rub the baking powder into the skin before putting it in the oven.
When you think of Thanksgiving, soup isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but hear us out. This particular “soup” is basically a massive whole chicken that’s packed with Thai red curry paste, coconut milk and, a Thanksgiving favourite, butternut squash. The best part? It takes only 10 minutes to prep and then you just let it do its thing (cook) for an hour and 20 minutes.
This might be the best pork tenderloin recipe out there. Why? Well, Spencer Watts has stuffed this pork with a goat cheese stuffing that’s to die for. Grab a red zinfandel wine to take the juicy loin to the next level. The wine is the star of the red currant glaze which you’ll spread over the pork twice for optimal flavour.
Keeping both sides of the skin on, this salmon recipe calls for an extravagant center table dish. And as if artichokes weren’t already enough, here, you’ll top off the fish with strips of bacon and thyme to amp up the flavour and earn extra points for presentation.
Honestly, you can never go wrong with anything stuffed in chicken. Give the traditional cordon bleu a new and delicious twist by subbing ham for lobster meat. We’re more than certain your guests will not be disappointed. Plus, this recipe pairs beautifully with roasted heirloom carrots.
If anyone knows how to make a mean Thanksgiving meal, it’s Martha Stewart. Her delicious roast leg of lamb is thinly butterflied and marinated with a delicious mixture of lemon, garlic, rosemary, mint leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper. The trick to mastering this leg of lamb? Don’t just use lemons, opt for preserved lemon rinds instead.
Blueberries might be the last thing you’d expect to see on the Thanksgiving menu — for the main course, at least — but the combo of rosemary-infused duck breast and blueberry port sauce surprisingly makes an elegant and tasty plate. Move aside, cranberry.
With this melt-in-your-mouth, tender beef ribs recipe, you’ll find yourself asking, “what turkey?” Garnish the ribs with horseradish and olives and serve with lemon wedges.