Maybe you're just not a big fan of turkey. Maybe you have guests coming over with dietary restrictions. Maybe you simply want to mix things up, because rules are made to be broken. Whatever your reason, there are plenty of ways to create a fantastic Thanksgiving meal that doesn't feature the traditional bird as its centerpiece. These 10 turkey alternatives to serve this Thanksgiving are sure to be crowdpleasers, and have guests saying, "turkey, shmurkey." Traditions are great, but they aren't written in stone.
In my very humble (and gluttonous) opinion, the real fun in Thanksgiving is the side dishes. While the entree might fill the leading actor, the side dishes are the supporting actors that can make or break the show. That said, why are we casting the same old lead actor, year after year? Pair a fresh new main dish with a wide variety of sides, and you've created something special. Variety is the spice of life, after all. Even better, a lot of these mains require less babysitting than a traditional turkey, so if you're simply looking for an easier option, these might be your answer. And when guests inquire where the oversized poultry dish is, you can always pretend you're branching out simply because you're an adventurous culinary trendsetter (and not because no one actually gives two cents about the turkey). That sounds much better.