Here Are 7 Great Turkey-Free Alternatives for Thanksgiving Dinner

Planning a smaller Thanksgiving meal this year? You are not alone – small turkeys have sold out fast at D’Artagnan! But we have many options for the center of your holiday table – from roasted beef cuts and rack of lamb to cassoulet and braised veal osso buco. Each of these recipes will make a festive meal – and leave your table satisfied and grateful.

1. Sunday Beef Striploin Roast with Yorkshire Puddings

Our whole grass-fed beef striploin makes a beautiful Sunday roast beef that serves eight – or fewer, with steaks to spare for another day. It’s an easy solution to an unusual Thanksgiving where you might be serving fewer people. We use the reverse sear method to ensure a fork-tender roast that’s evenly medium-rare from edge to edge. Don’t waste those flavorful drippings! Whip up some classic Yorkshire puddings to serve alongside.

2. Dijon & Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

We used a grass-fed rack of lamb for this recipe blanketed with fresh herbs, salty pecorino, and crunchy panko breadcrumbs. It yields juicy chops and a savory crust and goes great with mashed potatoes and buttery green beans. A rack will serve 2 people, so roast an extra one for a larger gathering. Or consider a leg of lamb – we offer a lovely boneless cut that will also make for versatile leftovers.

3. Crackling Roast Porcelet Rack with Fennel & Apples

Our exclusive milk-fed pork – called porcelet – is delicate meat that’s tender and richly flavorful. This is special occasion pork! This rib rack recipe is accented with aromatic fennel, apples, and a flavorful pan sauce with apple brandy, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar – great flavors for the season. Because the rack serves 4 it’s a good pick for a small holiday meal.

4. Cider Braised Veal Osso Buco

Veal is special enough for a holiday meal, and the osso buco cut is a treat. For this dish, we slow-cooked veal osso buco in hard apple cider and onions for spoon-tender meat in a sweet, aromatic sauce. Finishing with smoky bacon and sautéed apples puts this recipe over the top, in the best way. This recipe serves 4, but you can adapt it to serve as many as you need.

5. Cassoulet D’Artagnan

This is the original one-pot comfort meal. Our rustic cassoulet recipe is hearty, authentic, and easy to make. The casserole of preserved duck, sausages, and beans is the heart and soul of Gascon cooking. We offer a recipe kit with almost all the ingredients you need to make this epic dish – and in 2 sizes to accommodate a group of 4 to 6 people, or as many as 12. It might be a little untraditional for Thanksgiving, but cassoulet is always a hit.

6. Fig & Balsamic Glazed Ham

Fig jam and balsamic vinegar make a crowd-pleasing sweet-tart glaze for our Berkshire pork smoked hams – perfect for your holiday table. Choose the smallest of our hams to serve 5-7 people. Of course, leftover ham is always welcome – for breakfast, sandwiches, salad, a pasta topper, or soup.

7. Grilled or Roasted Wagyu Tri-Tip with Romesco Sauce

Wagyu beef can be enjoyed anytime, but it’s a nice choice for a small holiday gathering. We used the Wagyu tri-tip for this easy recipe that’s done in just 20 minutes. Also known as Santa Maria roast, the beef is accented with a spice rub and Romesco sauce.

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