While planning our Thanksgiving Day menu, my little guy asked me if I could add fried chicken. I informed him that I would make him fried chicken for dinner on Sunday because Thursday is “Turkey Day.” He then proceeded to go down his list of his favorite meats.
“Can I have ribs on Thursday?” “No ribs.”
“What about meatloaf?” “Nope”
“Can I have pork loin” “Not this time.”
“Is Turkey My Only Option?!?”
I managed to calm my dramatic son down when I told him that a pineapple and sugar-glazed ham was on Thursday’s menu. But, it left me wondering — Is Turkey Our Only Option?
Of course not. Here are some great options for those who prefer to avoid turkey —
Every Christmas, I make a Rump Roast Au Jus. It is a crock pot recipe, so it is super easy to make. Not everyone likes spicy hot meat, so I cut the red peppers and the cayenne ingredients in half.
If you are okay with pork, I recommend this Dominican Pork recipe. It’s a fairly inexpensive entree to make and the marinade sets this apart.
Here is a recipe for Grilled Lobster Tails with Tarragon-Lemon Vinaigrette, and it is “to die for!”
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one of my favorite dishes — Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Loin with Roasted Apples. I know, I know — I have thing for pork and mushrooms. It’s a great dish to make in the fall because you still have a ton of apple options. And, who doesn’t love prosciutto!?!
So there you have it! Great non-turkey options for Thanksgiving!
Love & Soul Always, Kay
(Photo: Taken by Kay Wooten. It’s the Wooten Home on Thanksgiving 2009)