Best Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipes (Beyond Turkey)

What meats to serve instead of (or addition to) the bird

Roasted ham
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Turkey may take center stage on the typical Thanksgiving table, but there are plenty of other options to serve as your main dish instead of (or in addition to) the traditional oven-roasted gobbler. Whether your family doesn't care for turkey, or if you just like to have a lot of options, you're sure to find a festive recipe that will satisfy. Want more inspiration? Browse our best roast turkey recipes and our favorite vegetarian entree ideas

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    Whole Roasted Chicken With Herbs
    Diana Rattray

    Roast chicken is a good option for a smaller family, or roast more than one for a larger dinner. This roasted chicken is coated with a mixture of butter and herbs.

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    Iron Skillet Roasted Chicken
    Diana Rattray

    This tender, juicy chicken is roasted in an iron skillet with a flavorful seasoning rub.

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    Glazed Baked Ham
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    This baked ham is glazed with a combination of Jack Daniel's Whiskey, orange zest, and spices.

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    Maple and Brown Sugar Glazed Ham
    Diana Rattray

    The tangy glaze for this ham is a spiced mixture of brown sugar, mustard, and a little vinegar.

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    Ham Basting
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    Honey, bourbon, orange juice, and mustard team up to make this delicious spirited ham glaze.

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    Ham With Peach Mustard Glaze
    Diana Rattray

     Two ingredients make up the glaze for this simple baked ham. 

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    Beer Glazed Ham
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     A tangy brown sugar, mustard, and beer glaze finish this baked ham.

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    Crown Roast on a Platter with Cranberry Stuffing
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    This is an impressive roast for any special meal, and it is quite easy to prepare and roast.

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    Pork Rib Roast With Spice Rub.
    Diana Rattray

    A mixture of spices flavors this succulent pork rib roast.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin
    Diana Rattray

    Smoky bacon is wrapped around this boneless pork loin. The maple and brown sugar glaze is the perfect finishing touch.

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    Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Loin
    Diana Rattray

    No need for an oven to roast this pork loin. this tender, juicy pork loin is slow cooked and then glazed with a brown sugar and mustard mixture.

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    Pork Loin with Mustard Rub
    Diana Rattray

    This easy pork loin is roasted with a rub of seasoned salt or Cajun seasoning and finished with a flavorful sweet-tart glaze.

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    Sirloin Strip Roast
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This flavorful beef is roasted to perfection with a black pepper and herb crust.

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    Roast Beef Tenderloin
    Diana Rattray

    Use a good quality wine to make the sauce for this extra-special beef roast.

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    Roast Beef Tenderloin Dinner
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    There is nothing quite like beef tenderloin for a special occasion. This tender roast is flavored with a mixture of several herbs and spices, along with a little Dijon mustard.

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    perfect rib eye roast
    Diana Rattray

    Cracked black pepper and plenty of garlic provide the flavor for this succulent roast beef. 

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    Prime rib of beef, close up
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     This roast is marinated in a seasoned mixture of red wine and olive oil for a few hours before roasting

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    Pepper Garlic Roasted Eye of Round
    Photo: Diana Rattray

     Eye of round is a lean and flavorful cut of beef. In this recipe, the beef is roasted with a pepper and garlic rub.

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    Roast Leg of Lamb
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This succulent roasted lamb is flavored with dried herbs, garlic, and a little lemon.

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    This rack of lamb is roasted and served with an easy red wine and herb pan sauce. Use a good quality red wine for the sauce, and use fresh herbs if possible.