I usually suffer from a major source of food stress as our Canadian Thanksgiving nears—what can I serve other than the celebrated turkey? Don’t’ judge, I’m no turkey hater, but the idea of even a small bird for my tiny family leaves us eating turkey sandwiches, turkey stir fries, turkey pasta, and turkey everything for the next month. Luckily, this array of thanksgiving-appropriate main dishes (and no, I wouldn’t dare leave out the top bird) won’t leave your holidays guests wanting for dark or white meat. Here are nine table topping main dishes for thanksgiving…

1. Roasted & Stuffed Cornish Hens

If you’re after a bird that’s literally a fraction of a turkey, look to this roasted and stuffed Cornish hen recipe. Your guests certainly won’t feel a lack of succulent poultry since the meat is bathed in butter and fresh lemon then with a savory long-grain rice stuffing infused with garlic and tarragon. Plus—no carving!

Source: Canadian Living

2. Pomegranate Roasted Leg of Lamb

Forget the turkey, you’re guests will be thanking their lucky stars for lamb when you present this pomegranate roasted leg of lamb on Thanksgiving. This boneless leg is marinated with Mediterranean flavors of rosemary, balsamic vinegar, and don’t forget the pomegranate, which contains triple the heart-boosting polyphenols of red wine!

Source: Relish.com

3. Stuffed Roast Turkey Roll

If you’re only entertaining a few people, there’s no need for a full bird! This turkey roll features a full turkey breast, pounded thin; stuffed with a combination of porcini mushrooms, parsley, dried cranberries, breadcrumbs, bacon, shallots, and sage; and then rolled tight into skin; and roasted golden brown.

Source: Simply Recipes


4. Roast Goose with Fruit Stuffing and Gravy

And now for something truly Canadian—this plump and juicy Thanksgiving Day goose is a holiday treat North of the boarder. However, it’s the stuffing that gets me every time thanks to the delicate blend of day old bread, chopped onion, apricot, apples, and a sprinkling of sweet golden raisins.

Source: Cooking FM

5. Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham

Why not dole out a little bit of Southern hospitality on Canadian Thanksgiving, by serving up this tender roasted ham. The bone is left in for added juiciness and the sticky-sweet glaze is a irresistible combination of honey, molasses, bourbon, brown sugar, cloves, and spicy Creole mustard…zing!

Source: Southern Living

6. Pork Loin with Cranberry Sauce

If you can deal with Thanksgiving minus the turkey, but not the cranberry sauce, take a boo at this flavorful, oil and pepper-tossed pork loin served with an unforgettable cranberry sauce infused with red wine, chopped onion, and rosemary.

Source: The Pioneer Woman


7. Roast Beef with Horseradish

Wafts of this sizzling roast will likely draw hungry guests to your table from near and far. Choose a quality cut of tenderloin or prime rib and brown in the oven amidst small onions or shallots (I even use leeks). Serve alongside a creamy sour cream-horseradish-and lemon juice garnish.


Source: Martha Stewart

8. Lentil and Mushroom Shepherd’s Pie

That’s right; we even have a main dish that vegetarian and vegan guests will be thankful for! This deep dish Shepherd’s pie will comfort even meat-lovers with it’s butter (vegan friendly, of course) layers of Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, hearty spiced lentils, earthy baby bella mushrooms, bread crumbs, and baby greens.

Source: Veg Kitchen

9. Citrus-Marinated Turkey

If you just can’t imagine Thanksgiving without turkey, you can still treat your table to white or dark meat, but with a unique twist on the favorite festive bird. Try bathing your bird in a deliciously citrus-inspired marinade, an apple cider vinegar and kosher salt brine, and serving it up with a side of traditional home-style gravy.

Source: Delish.com


Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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