15 Best Thanksgiving Main Dishes


A large Thanksgiving roast turkey is a traditional holiday centerpiece, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option you have for your Thanksgiving menu. In fact, there are tons of other Thanksgiving main dishes that might suit your family’s preferences even better. Whether you’re looking for a vegetarian recipe for Thanksgiving or just don’t like turkey, there’s a main dish on this list to suit you. Ahead, you’ll find plenty of chicken recipes, Thanksgiving hams, fall pasta dishes, and even beef. Of course, each of these holiday staples will pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving side dishes, including mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing and more!

Don’t get me wrong, Ree Drummond’s Citrus Brined Turkey is a great party idea if you have the time and oven space. But many of the Thanksgiving main dishes on the list have the added benefit of being even quicker to prepare (meaning more time for holiday pies). Just look at the Shortened Chicken and Stuffing Casserole or the Herb Roast Pork Tenderloin – it’s ready in just 20 minutes! Looking for something meatless? Try butternut squash pasta or acorn squash stuffed with quinoa and mushrooms. Of course, if you’re feeding a crowd, you can always make one of these Thanksgiving alternatives to sit alongside the holiday bird. Any extras would make delicious Thanksgiving leftovers!


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