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Not Talking Turkey: Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving (By Region)
Turkey is the national Thanksgiving unifier. It might not be your favorite meat but it is what’s on the menu for most. It is very much tradition and the literal symbol of Thanksgiving...
... but one day, my family had a collective epiphany that none of us really liked turkey all that much. We mostly just loved having turkey tacos with the leftovers, and my sister and I partial to the novelty of the wishbone and humongous turkey legs. (Well, that was until one Thanksgiving when we finally had a fresh turkey, from a local farm, never frozen. That. Changed. Everything.)
But if you happen to live in a country where turkey is not readily available, you don’t eat meat, or simply want to change things up: here are a few turkey alternatives. If you live in the U.S, you can likely get any of these options, but I’ve broken them down by category for the rest of us, since, what is common locally is usually what’s best!
Roast Side of Salmon (add oysters to stuffing, and bam!)
Rack of Lamb
Leg of Lamb
Whole Roast Duck
Butternut Squash and Sage Lasagne
Sautéed Chanterelle Mushrooms