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15 Delicious Alternatives for Turkey on Thanksgiving

Photo Above: Elizabeth’s Stuffed Pork Loin from Guilty Kitchen.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and maybe you forgot to thaw the turkey, or your grocery store was out of them, or maybe the thought of another dried out turkey just wasn’t that appealing. But that’s no reason to just forget about Thanksgiving, you can always change the rules, and make whatever your favorite recipe is. One of my readers says she’s making her famous Jambalaya tomorrow. No one says you have to make the standard Thanksgiving recipes. You can do whatever you want, it’s your celebration!

If your trying to think of something elegant, that would impress your friends and family, I have assembled a list of 15 amazing non-turkey Thanksgiving dinner ideas below.

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  • Glazed Game Hens w/ Apple Sage Wild Rice 1 of 15
    Glazed Game Hens w/ Apple Sage Wild Rice
    These little stuffed game hens are elegant and tasty.
    Find the recipe here at Inspiring the Everyday
  • Cornish Game Hen with Rice, Mushroom and Dried Fruit Stuffing 2 of 15
    Cornish Game Hen with Rice, Mushroom and Dried Fruit Stuffing
    These game hens look so fancy and delicious.
    Find the recipe here at 2 Stews
  • Beef Wellington 3 of 15
    Beef Wellington
    This is an oldie, but a goodie.
    Find the recipe here at Wright Food
  • Roast Leg of Lamb 4 of 15
    Roast Leg of Lamb
    Roast leg of Lamb would be a great alternative to turkey.
    Find the recipe here at IDrizzle and Dip
  • Honey-Lemon Rack of Lamb 5 of 15
    Honey-Lemon Rack of Lamb
    This rack of lamb is impressive and delicious.
    Find the recipe here at Quay Po Cooks
  • Easy Rib Roast 6 of 15
    Easy Rib Roast
    Rib Roast isn't just for Christmas.
    Find the recipe here at Sucrée
  • Apple Almond Stuffed Pork Loin in a Bacon Blanket 7 of 15
    Apple Almond Stuffed Pork Loin in a Bacon Blanket
    A stuffed pork loin in a bacon blanket, yes please!
    Find the recipe here at Rock Recipes
  • Southern Fried Quail 8 of 15
    Southern Fried Quail
    Quail may sound fancy, but it's actually a very Southern dish.
    Find the recipe here at Lana's Cooking
  • Felafel Stuffed Spiced Quail with Salata El-Raheb 9 of 15
    Felafel Stuffed Spiced Quail with Salata El-Raheb
    This is a great example of a fancier take on quail, looks amazing.
    Find the recipe here at Heneedsfood
  • Glazed Quail and Potato-Turnip Puree 10 of 15
    Glazed Quail and Potato-Turnip Puree
    Here's another fancy take on simple quail.
    Find the recipe here at Cooking in Sens
  • Roast Duck with Crispy Skin 11 of 15
    Roast Duck with Crispy Skin
    This is a great recipe for roast dusk or goose.
    Find the recipe here at Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
  • Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens 12 of 15
    Orange Glazed Cornish Game Hens
    These orange glazed cornish hens are so easy.
    Find the recipe here at Valley & Co.
  • Pork Wellington 13 of 15
    Pork Wellington
    Pork Wellington made with pork loin is a great twist on traditional Beef Wellington
    Find the recipe here at Pig Pig's Corner
  • Salmon Wellington 14 of 15
    Salmon Wellington
    If your a fish lover, you'll fall in love with this Salmon Wellington.
    Find the recipe here at My Recipes
  • Stuffed Pork Loin 15 of 15
    Stuffed Pork Loin
    This stuffed pork loin is easy and looks so good!
    Find the recipe here at Guilty Kitchent

And of course, you can always do a ham too. Have you ever had anything other than turkey for Thanksgiving? If so share in the comments below!

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