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What would be a good alternative to the basic Thanksgiving Meal?

What would you serve instead of turkey and the basic side dishes to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?

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Asked by biscotti53 at 2:54 PM on Oct. 12, 2008 in Entertainment

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  • Ham or maybe augratin potatoes

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:04 PM on Oct. 12, 2008

  • One year we had BBQ steaks and baked potatoes, but we had most of the usuall side dishes too. It's my turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year and we plan to go traditional, but having a BBQ in the snow was fun!


    Answer by Lornamay at 3:10 PM on Oct. 12, 2008

  • Some people serve salmon or another kind of fish with side dishes and stuff. I've heard of mostly vegetarians doing it.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 3:19 PM on Oct. 12, 2008

  • We actually did a whole Itallian theme one year because we has so many kids that didn't like meat or veggies. So we decided it would be fun to just do a "Plenty Of Pasta to Pick from Plates" lol. We had baked macaronis, lasagnas, raviolis, 3 kinds of breads and itallian deserts (and 2 pumpkin pies since most of us and the kids LOVE pumpkin pie). It was actually really fun, different and less crazy! And best of all, we had 3 kinds of salads to chose from so we would have appetizers/ veggies for those of us who needed something "green" on the plates. I don't know if you really wanted something really different like that, or just different than turkey. Outside turkey there is ham with fresh corn on the cob, homemade sweet potato pie, and like the PP said, au gratin or scalloped potatoes. Turkey is only a myth for Thanksgiving.

    Answer by alwaysathomemom at 3:24 PM on Oct. 12, 2008

  • we had ham and cheese meatloaf once lol it was amazing alot better tasteng then it sounds lol and i hate meatloaf lol but i loved this one lol

    Answer by iloveyall2008 at 4:37 PM on Oct. 12, 2008

  • We aren't fans of Turkey so we always do an alternative and make a small breast for the few who want tuerkey. Sometimes a pot roast meal, sometimes steaks. LOTS of time BBQ . Depends on how many will be there. We also break up the meal prep cost and responsibility. Whoevers house does the meat..everyone else divides everything else. Desserts are pretty southern traditional. Always pecan and pumkin pie, bread pudding, sometimes banana pudding, sometimes a mince pie. Make it your own. Just because everyone else does XYZ doesn't mean you have to.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 4:43 PM on Oct. 12, 2008

  • prime rib is always good. yummy

    Answer by tabbers133 at 6:27 PM on Oct. 12, 2008

  • We made Thai food last year. Our plan is for every year to make another meal centered around a culture. We were thinking about doing Indian food this year.

    Answer by hannah_belle at 12:47 AM on Oct. 14, 2008

  • I'm a mega-dweeb, so I'd probably research foods from the time period.

    Answer by Avarah at 4:15 PM on Oct. 15, 2008

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