Elizabeth Large's Top 10 Alternatives To Roast Turkey

November 19, 2008|By ELIZABETH LARGE

Obviously, anything could be an alternative to a traditional roast turkey for Thanksgiving. But I wanted to pick foods I know would work (because of their association with Native Americans, for instance) or that I've served or had served to me:

1

Wild duck with sauerkraut (particularly appropriate because Baltimoreans eat sauerkraut with Thanksgiving dinner anyway, which I've never understood)

2

Goose with fruit stuffing. Unfortunately the one time I cooked a wild goose, it also contained buckshot.

3

Native American foods like beans, squash and corn for vegetarians and vegans

4

Turducken (partially boned turkey stuffed with boned chicken stuffed with boned duck)

5

Crown roast of pork with wild rice stuffing. Pork has an autumn feeling to it (I would never serve it for Christmas dinner even though I know it can be traditional), and the fact that it's a crown roast makes it seem grand enough for an important meal.

6

An old college friend invited us to Thanksgiving once and served each of us a whole lobster. Lobster didn't go very well with the side dishes the rest of us had brought, but it was so wonderfully extravagant no one was complaining.

7

My sister-in-law, using recipes from Gourmet magazine, served curried turkey breast with cranberry chutney one Thanksgiving.

8

I make a very good stuffed ham (with a bread stuffing where the bone would be). I haven't tried it for Thanksgiving, but I think it would be an easy make-in-advance choice that would taste good with traditional sides.

9

In some places on the West Coast, Dungeness crab is a common alternative to turkey because the season starts in November.

10

Small roast chicken with cornbread-pecan stuffing for a couple or people eating alone

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