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16 Alternatives to Turkey This Thanksgiving

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Move over turkey... just because the big bird is typically the star of the show for Thanksgiving doesn't mean you can't try a fresh take on a Thanksgiving main dish after all these years! If you're tired of turkey or just want to try something new, these Impressive Main Dish Ideas for you and your crew this holiday season will have you feeling just as special and festive.

Prepare to Impress With a Fresh Take on Your Thanksgiving Main Dish!

1. Easy Grilled Steak

Easy Grilled Steak

When grilling season is in full swing (or you're just dreaming of it), you don't want to labor over the hot flames for too long! You need something beefy and breezy to make the most of the warmer weather! Easy Grilled Steak has you covered with a simple, succulent steak that's easy to make. All it requires is marinating time and high heat. Bam, the steak is ready with plenty of savory, tangy, and even sweet flavors in the crust and a rosy interior beneath! Easy Grilled Steak lets you take it easy in more ways than one!

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2. Home-on-the-Range Chicken Thighs

Home on the Range Chicken Thighs

This dish takes your taste buds to the place where the deer and the antelope play alright, and you might just be in an equally playful mood after you take your first bite! Home-on-the-Range Chicken Thighs are marinated in a stunning selection of zesty spices and rich, tangy buttermilk before being seared and roasted until golden-brown and juicy. The succulence and depth of flavor within make this a meal worth savoring. The sky's not cloudy all day with these Home-on-the-Range Chicken Thighs!

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3. Oven Spaghetti

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Simple is always better. But simple doesn't always mean low quality! This Oven Spaghetti shows you what we mean. Once you've cooked the bouncy pasta and whipped up the simple, tangy sauce, everything that you're used to when it comes to spaghetti is dumped into one dish and baked to gooey, bubbly deliciousness. A high-quality dish that's requires way less effort. That's Oven Spaghetti and we love it! You will, too!

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4. Crusty Turkey Pie

Crusty Turkey Pie

If you love a good pot pie, but maybe don't have all the time it takes to construct one, we have a wonderful alternative just for you! Crusty Turkey Pie is an easy change of pace for the pot pie you crave. All the pot pie fillings you love, like turkey, carrots, pearl onions, and peas all surrounded by the creamiest, perfectly seasoned broth mixture, will make your heart go pitter-patter. All of that is topped with phyllo dough and baked to a beautiful golden-brown color. Crusty Turkey Pie can be made to share with family and friends or made ahead to freeze and enjoy later; a comforting meal you will always look forward to! Let yourself indulge with this easy method of pot pie preparation. It's so worth it!

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5. Grilled Lamb Chops

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This recipe for Grilled Lamb Chops is lamb chops made easy! This recipe is simple and perfect for anyone who enjoys grilling. The homemade marinade made of orange juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger makes these chops juicy and flavorful! Grilled Lamb Chops are simpler to make than you think, and they are so delicious. Pair them with any side and enjoy their yummy tenderness.

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6. Garlic Butter Baked Salmon

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Garlic Butter Baked Salmon doesn't just serve up flaky, tender, flavorful fish; it's actually a whole meal on one sheet pan! Golden roasted, hearty potatoes and garden-fresh, lemony asparagus cooked alongside fatty fish ensures you have everything you could want for dinner in a single dish! Infused with garlic and butter throughout, Garlic Butter Baked Salmon is transcendently tasty. In only 35 minutes, you can have a full meal hot and ready to eat. You'll be amazed at what a single sheet pan can do.

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7. Wrapped Tenderloin

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If meat is what you want to eat, this Wrapped Tenderloin is going to be your favorite dish! Slice into the crispy and salty bacon that's wrapped around the most perfect piece of pork, and you'll be in protein heaven. Whether you serve it with some warm, hearty sides or balance things out by placing it over a veggie-filled salad, this Wrapped Tenderloin is sure to make all your meaty dinnertime dreams come true!

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8. Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Brown Sugar Pork Chops

These Brown Sugar Pork Chops make for such a delicious main dish! As you slice into the juicy, tender chops, you're going to be blown away by just how tantalizing the garlicky, buttery, brown sugary sauce is that's drizzled on top. Brown Sugar Pork Chops are phenomenal next to your favorite sides, but could also make for a superb sandwich. It's safe to say you can't go wrong with this slab of pork!

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9. Fancy Stuffed Chicken

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Whether you are celebrating an anniversary or just celebrating making it through another week, we have the perfect main dish idea for you! Fancy Stuffed Chicken is not as stuffy as it sounds, but it is stuffed full of fancy stuff! It all starts with plump, juicy chicken breasts that are generously packed with flavorful cream cheese, sun-dried tomato, mozzarella, and spinach combination that takes this dish to a whole new level. Seared and baked to scrumptious levels of enjoyment, Fancy Stuffed Chicken is the high-heel, sequined dress, and black-tie version of chicken that you will come to look forward to enjoying from time to time. Don't wait for a day to be special, make it a special day and try some today! Your limo (oops, we mean chicken) awaits!

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10. Succulent Beef Brisket

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There are many examples of excellent low-and-slow recipes and dishes, but one towers above them all. Succulent Beef Brisket is the ultimate in melt-in-your-mouth, cut-it-with-a-fork tenderness. Slow-cooked and braised in a sweet, savory, sour, and tangy barbecue sauce, every slice of Succulent Beef Brisket is soaked in fabulous flavors. This isn't just any main course, it's the kind of dinner that will have people talking for years and demanding it served for all special occasions. Once you try it, you'll see what we mean!

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11. Classic Baked Ziti

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Classic Baked Ziti is a mainstay of Sunday dinners, with the kind of rich, slow-cooked-tasting sauce that makes people linger at the table for hours. This Classic Baked Ziti takes just over an hour, and yet it has the same savory, meaty flavors that makes everyone lean back in their chairs as recipes with longer cooked times. With tender cooked pasta and deeply creamy ricotta, this dish does more than just delight. A slice of Classic Baked Ziti brings the evening to an incredible finish!

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12. Maple Glazed Ham

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Maple Glazed Ham is a masterpiece of modern cooking, the sort of centerpiece that stops all conversation so everyone can admire it. Slicing into it only increases the marvel; fatty, juicy ham coated in a sweet, smoky, zesty, and tangy glaze with notes of maple and pepper. One bite of Maple Glazed Ham and you'll be whisked away by the sweet and savory flavors in this magnificent main course. Cooking this dish is time well-spent!

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13. Nutty Lemon Tilapia

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There are so many reasons to go nuts for Nutty Lemon Tilapia. First off, it only takes 10 minutes to make: fast food would find its head spinning at that speed! Next, it's easy; 7 steps are all that separate you from a full-fledged main course with sumptuous sauce. Most importantly, it's amazing. Nutty Lemon Tilapia has savory, flaky fish served alongside a buttery, bright sauce and topped with crunchy almonds. It's crazy how fantastic this dish is!

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14. Francine's Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Francine's Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Fabulous, fantastic, flawless! Just a few fun adjectives for you to get to know Francine's Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and the great gal behind this remarkable recipe. You'll be blown away by the fancy fettucine and charming chicken all mixed together with the amazingly creamy, astonishingly cheesy, ambrosially homemade Alfredo sauce. We could go on and on about just how phenomenal Francine's Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is, but we encourage you to taste for yourself. It's truly terrific!

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15. Sheet-Pan Steak & Potatoes

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The beauty of a sheet pan dinner is that everything is hot and ready at the same time and you don't really have to worry about too much clean-up. What Sheet-Pan Steak & Potatoes bring to the table, beyond the amazing sheet pan energy, is steakhouse indulgence and heartiness. The steaks are broiled to your favorite level of rosy doneness and juiciness, with a crisp and savory golden-brown jacket on all sides and a dollop of homemade garlic butter, adding richness and aroma to every bite. Butty potatoes and crisp green beans ensure you've got a well-rounded and always exciting meal without the effort. Sheet-Pan Steak & Potatoes make weeknight meals suddenly much more captivating!

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16. Killer Chicken Parmesan

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An easier take on the fancier chicken parm dish, this Killer Chicken Parmesan is really where it's at! All you have to do is cook some deliciously coated chicken until perfectly golden-brown, and then layer it in some tangy marinara sauce and salty cheese, and voilà! Fancy-ish prepared on your plate in basically no time! If you're feelin' extra hungry, serve this Killer Chicken Parmesan over a bed of bouncy pasta for the ultimate dinner satisfaction. Are you hungry yet?!

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