If the thought of preparing and cooking a turkey ruins your whole Thanksgiving, then it is time to come up with a Plan B. Blair Stover has some turkey alternatives for you to consider this holiday season.
The first dish to consider is duck. Duck can be served with an orange sauce, as well as a variety of complimentary side dishes. Some suggestions are wild rice, a potato dish, and a mildly flavored vegetable. With these accompaniments, you won’t lose out on taste or that right touch of special for the occasion.
Another tasty dish you could serve is lamb. Lamb is just not served in homes very frequently nowadays. For this reason, it can be considered a special dish for the Thanksgiving holiday. Lamb can be served as a rib roast, rack roast, or loin roast. Or, if you are not in the mood for a roast, you could prepare a leg of lamb, lamb chops, etc. Side dishes that make fabulous additions to lamb include lentils, couscous, flavored risotto, or some sort of rice.
Thirdly, veal makes an excellent turkey alternative. Veal can be incorporated into a whole dish, such as Wiener Schnitzel, Veal Marsala, stuffed breast, Veal Parmegiana, or Veal Scallopini. If you are not into making a full dish, veal can be served on its own as cutlets. Recommended side dishes for Veal are potato croquettes, hot buttered noodles or risotto, any variety of rice, or pasta. To add some greens, a fresh spinach salad with pine nuts and mandarin oranges or a shiitake mushroom salad pair well with veal. Other vegetables that go well are braised endives or asparagus.
If you are a seafood lover at heart, consider a nice, thick roasted salmon fillet. Roasted salmon is simple to make. Vegetables with a lime wedge or roasted red potatoes make nice pairings for salmon.
Our list covers some great choices for all those meat lovers out there, though how about for those vegetarians? Share some great veggie alternatives to the main turkey event with us in the comments below.