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No turkey for Thanksgiving

I know that sounds awful but my spouse is allergic to turkey (and chicken) and most of the relatives we have over don't eat too much either (we've tried many variations but we always have way too much leftover turkey). Ham is the usually on the menu, too but I'd like to add another festive main dish. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the input!

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  1. Along with turkey and all the trimmings and sides.....my family usually will have at least one or more of the following depending on how large the party gathering will be:

    Fresh Ham
    Cured/Glazed Spiral Ham
    Roast Rack Loin of Pork
    Standing Roast Prime Rib
    Lasagna or other Baked Pasta

    For the non-meat eaters.....there's always a large Mixed Seafood Salad served warm.

    This year, I'm thinking of having two slow roasted Flat Iron/Top Blade Roasts

    1. that's so interesting; i've never heard of a poultry allergy. Duck too?

      I would consider Beef Wellington as a 'festive dish': beef tenderloin and mushroom duxelles wrapped in puff pastry......

      along those lines but w/ seafood, Salmon Coulibiac: salmon with rice and spinach and lemon or beschamel sauce, wrapped in puff pastry of filo.

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      1. re: opinionatedchef

        About the allergy - yes, duck, too. Add lettuce, celery, cinnamon, sage, mushrooms and a whole page of other foods he's allergic to.

        We sometimes have salmon sashimi for holiday dinners but I never thought of cooking a whole side of salmon! Thanks!

        1. re: onigiri

          oni, just fyi, it doesn't have to be a whole side of salmon. can make the strudel/coulibiac any size you want. but you prob knew that alrdy.

          1. re: onigiri

            Salmon Wellington is really good.

            1. re: onigiri

              Turkey makes me so ill. chicken, hen, duck, no. ??? Go figure. I miss turkey. Desperately.

              I agree with anything Salmon.

            2. re: opinionatedchef

              My brother was allergic to chicken, turkey and eggs when he was a child. He got asthma attacks if he ate those foods.

            3. For my husbands birthday recently we did a veal rack. Our butcher sells amazing veal and I bought the rack pre-prepared/marinated (not something I normally do) to reduce work for myself on the day of the party. It took little over an hour in the oven, looked incredible and definitely impressed the carnivores! Most importantly it was absolutely delicious and is set to grace our plates more often.

              1. One year we did a baked salmon to accomodate a family member who wasn't eating meat at the time. It was great and very popular with all.

                1. Perhaps porchetta? Or, something that could work if you have a little time and enough fridge space, make your own gravalax. Do you have access to any game meat? I've found that serving something special like venison tends to smooth out any 'traditional' expectations. Although I've served Reindeer at Christmas before, so I might just be weird.