Here are 10 Turkey Dinner Alternatives for when you’re looking for a simpler, non-traditional holiday meal. I like having turkey on Thanksgiving, but my family is more focused on the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie! They could care less if we have turkey, so if just the four of us are spending Thanksgiving at home, I will often make something else. This year, I may serve Cornish Hens, but here it is the week before, and to be honest, I haven’t even planned the meal yet! Here are a few recipes that I’ve come across that are in the running for an upcoming holiday meal.
POMEGRANATE-HONEY GLAZED PORK BELLY by The Complete Savorist – Simple ingredients, beautiful presentation. This recipe is sure to please!
BRACIOLE by Foody Schmoody…I’m Just Cooking – If you’re not familiar with braciole, it is a braised, stuffed flank steak. Perfect with spaghetti and marinara.
PRALINE CRUSTED PORK LOIN by So TIPical Me – I have made this for Christmas dinner and it was AMAZING! The crunchy praline crust was the perfect blend of spice and sweet. It was a big hit and we used the leftovers to make French Dip sandwiches the next night. I’m not sure which we liked more!
CRANBERRY GLAZED TRI-TIP ROAST by Savory Experiments – This trip-tip roast can be roasted or smoked with a wonderful cranberry glaze. My mouth watered as I read the ingredients!
BALSAMIC GLAZED POT ROAST by The Complete Savorist – Who doesn’t love a good pot roast?! Especially with a tangy balsamic glaze and lots of mushrooms. This would go perfectly with mashed potatoes!
PROSCIUTTO ASPARAGUS STUFFED CHICKEN by Foody Schmoody…I’m Just Cooking – How amazing is this combo of smoky prosciutto and herbed cream cheese stuffed into tender, moist chicken?!
DRUNKEN STRAWBERRY JALAPEÑO SPARERIBS by Thyme For Cocktails – Sometimes grilling your holiday meal is a must, especially if you live in a mild climate! The sweetness of the strawberries and the spice of the jalapeños perfectly compliment one another. I can’t wait to make these!
SLOW COOKER APPLE BALSAMIC CHICKEN by Savory Experiments – This chicken dish has loads of flavor and is easy to make! I love the idea of a slow cooker meal, even on a holiday. This means more time to spend with your loved one and less time in the kitchen!
STUFFED PORK TENDERLOIN by Foody Schmoody…I’m Just Cooking – Tender, juicy pork tenderloin filled with stuffing and cranberries!
HOMEMADE PAPPARDELLE BOLOGNESE by Lemoine Family Kitchen – I am a sucker for good pasta with a hearty meat sauce. We would enjoy this as either a first course or a main dish. The fact that the pasta is homemade makes this recipe even better!
I hope you enjoy this collection of 10 Turkey Dinner Alternatives. What other alternative recipes have you enjoyed in place of a turkey dinner?