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.

A Cedar-Planked Salmon recipe is available on My Recipes.

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)