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Thanksgiving Meal Other Than Turkey

Is anyone out there eating something other than Turkey for Thanksgiving? This years for the second years in a row we are having brisket. I'm not sure what else is going to be there besides the usual chopped liver appetizer. I'm bringing a bottle of Mad Housewife wine and Baklava. It should be interesting and intimate, (5 people are going to be there.)

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  1. Not this year, but Wild Boar roast. From dartagnan.com

    1. Many years ago, the object of my affection (and soon to become my husband) were sharing our first Thanksgiving together. Rebels to the core, we decided to thumb our noses at convention, and have a standing rib roast, and lemon cheesecake for dessert. He was a volunteer at the local Crisis Hotline center and took the T-day shift because it was hard to fill. I worked on my Christmas cards while he fielded calls, and dinner was ready when he got home. Garlic mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and spinach salad with hot bacon dressing, bleu cheese and spiced pecans rounded out the meals. It was just the two of us, and, as you can tell, one of the most memorable Thanksgiving meals I ever had.

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      1. re: Cheflambo

        Kudos to anyone who volunteers at such centres on holidays, and to health, social service and first response workers who accept those shifts. Holidays can be a miserable time for many people in crisis, and it is important to be there for them.

      2. Chinese hot pot.

        Truth be told, we do it so regularly it's no longer an alternative to traditional - it *is* traditional for us.

        Festive communal eating with little to no prep and all the deliciousness one can fit into a large smoldering liquid caldron. Perfect for a large family gathering on a chilly Autumn evening.


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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Chinese hot pot for the win ! :-D

          While we've never done HP for a holiday per se, we've done it several times potluck (or is that "hotpot luck"), where we ask quests to each bring one or two items. And often times they'll happily bring much more than we asked :-) It's a fantastic, communal and delicious way to enjoy a slow, conversation-heavy meal with something for everyone.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I coulda told you it's some ancient dynastic torture tool for enemies, haha.

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    Or something sold at marijuana dispensaries ...

            1. re: ipsedixit

              We usually do hot pot the next day, by boiling the turkey bones for the soup base.

            2. We occasionally have TG ham.

              1. We're invited to friends this year so I suppose I'll be having turkey. I really want sloppy joe sandwiches, fries, and cole slaw. Two years ago we had steak, potatoes, and green beans.

                1. Due to distance and work schedules, we are doing Christmas with my family this year and skipping Thanksgiving. So we will go across the border to Canada, stay at a Spa...and eat either Chinese or Indian food for T day!

                  I have a turkey in my freezer and might cook it when I get back. I enjoy the family and food, but am glad to be stress free this year.

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                  1. re: sedimental

                    Well, you can get utterly stellar Asian food (East, South or Southeast Asian) in Vancouver, if that is where you're headed.

                  2. I'm doing Giada's Honey-Mustard Glazed Pork Loin with Bacon. I hope it will be great!

                    1. We generally bolster the turkey up by having the last bbq of the season as well. Usually ribs, but this year's special treat is smoked brisket, and i can barely wait.

                      1. We've been going out for T-giving for 30 years. I pick a restaurant that has the traditional turkey with all the "fixins" so DH can have his much loved turkey. For the last few years we have gone to an upscale steakhouse and I have the steak - DS is a toss up but at least they have a choice.

                        1. While we have turkey at Thanksgiving, there is also ham every year. There is ocassionally also goose, duck, or pork roast. It's a large gathering.

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                          1. re: John E.

                            We also always have turkey as well as ham, lamb roast, and a fish dish of some sort.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              Wow! I want to come over to your house and eat! What a feast, and all things I love. Sadly I'm the only lamb lover in my family (my late father was another lamb fan so I often grilled leg of lamb on the trusty Weber) so I'm not allowed to cook it, even for myself, because the smell of lamb makes them feel positively ill. Needless to say, I order lamb a lot when out at nice Western or Mediterranean restaurants.

                          2. A few years back we went for dim sum on thanksgiving- it was delicious! And also it was BYOB so we even had some good bubbly with the meal.
                            The year before i was in spain and we just went to various tapas bars like we did most nights :)

                            1. Brisket is especially appropriate this year since it's Hanukkah too.

                              1. It's just my husband and I this year, and we're having individual beef wellingtons. I made them for the first time about a month ago and we really liked them, so it seemed like a good bet.

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                                1. re: jw615

                                  " ... and we're having individual beef wellingtons."

                                  Or, in other words haute, gourmet Hot Pockets!


                                  Happy Thanksgiving!

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    You know, hot pockets do have a special place in my heart. If they wouldn't kill me (adult onset food allergies of the death kind), I would totally eat one once in a while.

                                        1. re: LotusRapper

                                          I see your Aussie Pie and raise you a Beijing Meat Pie.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            I see your Beijing Meat Pie and raise you a pastie.

                                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                                I dunno.

                                                I think I'd rather have your Aussie Pie ...

                                2. I have made up my mind that when I am not cooking TH or Xmas dinner for more than two, from now on I'm making lasagna.

                                  It is a lot of work, but once you've made the dish the rest of the meal is downhill all the way. And we both love lasagna, and I don't make make it often.

                                  I am frankly sick of cooking turkey and I hate ham.

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                                  1. re: sueatmo

                                    I just decided on lasagna for New Year's, my thoughts too.

                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                      I was thinking about this today as I made pie, cooked brown rice for stuffing, made Angel biscuit dough and cranberry relish. Would you do an antipasto or a green salad with the lasagna? I've thinking green salad, because a good one in midwinter tastes so good. And I want olives--lots of olives.

                                      1. re: sueatmo

                                        I think a nice green salad would be great! You can even do an antipasto style with prosciutto, olives, etc

                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                          And a loaf of really nice bread.

                                          Doesn't that sound easier than the normal Christmas dinner? I think lasagna is perfect for New Years' too.

                                  2. We usually go out for Indian food on Thanksgiving Day, since it's just my husband and I.

                                    I do host a big "Holiday Dinner" for all of our friends, usually in early December. I call it a Christmas party but it's sort of a combination Christmas/Thanksgiving party to get all of our friends together. We never do it on an actual holiday since so many of them are busy with their own families that they can't attend, but when we do it on an off-week we can usually get about 15-20 people over to our house. I always do some kind of pig meat for the main course. In the past it's usually been ham, but this year I'm doing pork loin. It's always well-received since people are usually turkey-ed out right after Thanksgiving anyway.

                                    1. There's only two of us so I'm doing a stuffed pork loin, providing the darned pork thaws out - I took it out the freezer yesterday afternoon and it's still hard as a rock. :(

                                      1. We're also forgoing the typical turkey in favor of a smoked brisket. I've never smoked a brisket before in my life, so the success of Thanksgiving rests on the chest of this poor cow. Thankfully, the guest list includes only my husband and me. :)

                                        If it goes well, I'm hoping to make it a new tradition!

                                        1. My mother always made a brisket for Thanksgiving, along with the turkey. In fact mom always made a brisket for every holiday along with whatever was the traditional holiday meal. So tomorrow there'll be a brisket on the table for those who want beef instead or in addition to poultry.

                                          We also make baked cod for those family members who don't eat meat/poultry. Then again the Pilgrims had fish in their diet along Cape Cod.

                                          and as you mention we'll have the usual chopped liver appetizer, Mrs. B made it this morning. It appears every holiday by popular demand (children and relatives). I'll be making turkey matzo ball soup as the starter for Friday night. Leftover stuffing will be turned into patties and fried as stuffing latkes.

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                                          1. re: bagelman01

                                            I just heard something interesting on the radio regarding leftover stuffing. I don't know who first had the idea, but reheating stuffing in a waffle iron sounds like a fantastic idea. I suppose it has to be the mushy stuffing to start with, but then it will be crusty after a bit of time in the waffle iron.

                                            1. re: John E.

                                              Not sure where the idea came from but I agree that the waffles sound good!


                                              1. re: John E.

                                                I really liked that idea when I first read it (also forget where), too, but was voted down by the rest of the fam. Maybe I'll make one for myself tomorrow. A stuffing waffle topped with shredded turkey and gravy sounds delightful!

                                                1. re: John E.

                                                  Haven't used a waffle iron (because mine is dairy) but I have used a panini press and love the results..............

                                              2. Just two of us. Grilled sockeye salmon.

                                                1. Not because we're flouting convention, but because it's a dear friend's birthday, and three of her regular feast-day guests are out of town, she's hosting a chili-and-drinks party for the four of us. Then when everyone is back in town on Saturday we'll pretend THAT'S Thanksgiving. Don't know whether there'll be turkey or not – we'll discuss the menu this evening – but there will certainly be a pan of the persimmon pudding I'm making tomorrow. That's enough tradition for me!

                                                  1. The wine went over well. Nobody ate the Baklava.

                                                    1. My report: Birthday Girl's husband had a sudden health issue that required a trip to the emergency room, so we went to our favorite bad Mexican restaurant (okay food, fab margaritas) but they were closed. Wound up at Conrad's, a chain straight from the '70s - they do a big Early Bird Special business - and had their margaritas and some of their Mexican. Astonishingly good; one of the best TG suppers I've ever had.

                                                      I still don't know what's on the menu for our delayed Thanksgiving …

                                                      1. I was craving Sloppy Joes, homemade cole slaw, and French fries this year but my brother and I were invited to his friend's house. They served turkey and some other unusual offerings. It was good but couldn't compare to my brother's turkey dinners. The best part was no clean up!

                                                        1. I had a hot dog, where I work. We did a little "thanksgiving celebration." The hot dogs came with avocado, tomato, and mayonnaise. I don't live in the US, so it's hard to organize a real Thanksgiving. Besides, I'm not really into it.

                                                          1. I've never cared for turkey and I find the standard T-day menu starchy and heavy, so when we moved overseas (to Dubai) where Thanksgiving day is just another normal work day and DH doesn't have the day off, I put my foot down and said, chicken it is.

                                                            This year's menu was French pumpkin soup, roast chicken (Marcella Hazan's recipe with the lemons), roast potatoes, carrots steamed then tossed in a pan with a little browned butter and reggiano parmeggiano, broccoli and salad. Dessert was apple pie.

                                                            We ate on the terrace in warm 82 degree weather. We were indeed very thankful.

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                                                            1. re: Roland Parker

                                                              Sounds like a very nice meal. Was the pumpkin soup homemade, and if so, where did you source pumpkin in Dubai ??

                                                              1. re: LotusRapper

                                                                Yes. Carrefour (French hypermarket). The soup was easy enough. Roast the pumpkin chunks then puree with a little yoghurt and stock and add seasoning as needed.

                                                                Pumpkins and squashes and most fruits/vegs are common in Dubai. It's the quality that's lacking. The produce is fine but you generally won't get the first-rate, fresh/ripe fruits and vegetables as almost everything has to be imported.

                                                                1. re: Roland Parker

                                                                  Have you been up to the outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor of the Khalifa tower? ...talk about inducing vertigo.

                                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                                    Actually, I haven't made it up there yet. My husband and the boys have a few times and I do want to go at some point. I keep waiting for the next round of visitors but something always comes up!

                                                            2. Just the two of us and I made oyster stew and lobster ravioli for the main.. It was nice. I of course had to roast a small turkey breast for sandwiches over the weekend..

                                                              1. My husband and I are making brisket on the Traeger, we did it 3 years ago for Christmas, and was fantastic!

                                                                1. We like turkey, but braised and dark meat only.

                                                                  1. New year, new responses...................

                                                                    Not that we can attend due to scheduling conflicts.

                                                                    We were invited to an old fashioned Thanksgiving clambake on the beach in Harwich, Cape Cod, Mass.

                                                                    The Pilgrims ate tons of lobsters, clams and oysters that were plentiful along the Mass coast in colonial times.

                                                                    The person extending the invitation said that he will roast turkeys on a spit if he has a successful hunt. No store bought modern variety.

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                                                                    1. re: bagelman01

                                                                      Canadian Thanksgiving just passed. Had three dinners (to attend not host)

                                                                      One dinner, NO turkey (I do love turkey but this was a good break) - salmon, prime rib and some sort of stuffed beef which all were delicious.

                                                                    2. right people i eat the turkey and dressing

                                                                        1. re: ospreycove

                                                                          In case you were serious- As a vegetarian i have to say field roast's holiday roast kicks tofurky butt.