Turkey is traditionally front and center on the Thanksgiving table, but that's just one of so many delicious ways to serve up an impressive holiday dinner. If you're not really that into cooking a whole turkey, that's okay — go ahead and give it a pass. Here are 10 turkey-free Thanksgiving mains guaranteed to still make your meal memorable.
If you're game to change up the traditional turkey, but still want to bring a big cut of meat to the table, look no further than a honey-glazed ham. This meaty main is made in the slow cooker and is great for feeding a crowd.
This is the impressive seasonal dish that plays both main course and centerpiece on your table. Inspired by Dorie Greenspan's "pumpkin stuffed with everything good," this rustic holiday showstopper combines crusty bread with Italian sausage, Gruyère, greens, and plenty of herbs.
With a double dose of roasted squash (butternut and pumpkin), fall-friendly aromatics like sage and nutmeg, and a luxurious crème fraîche sauce, this veggie-friendly layered pasta dish is definitely worthy of a place on your Thanksgiving table.
A simple, quick-cooking sauce, swirled with bourbon, a splash of stock, and some cream, instantly makes flank steak a holiday-worthy meal.
Vegetarian or not, this recipe instantly turns Thanksgiving into an ultra-cozy, rustic affair. Caramelized onions, shallots, and garlic, plus plenty of fresh herbs and a rich, wine-infused sauce, join forces to really make root vegetables feel luxurious and hearty.
This stew is a labor of love, but it delivers the most handsome of rewards to the table and proves elegant enough for any dinner party. Both the beef and the dumplings can be prepared in advance and finished off the day of your meal.
This recipe comes together quickly and easily, yet the vinegar-spiked honey glaze leaves it feeling refined and elegant — like you put in a whole lot of effort into the whole affair.
If indulgent and impressive are the requirements for your meal, spanakopita does not disappoint. This hearty Greek pie filled with spinach, feta, and fresh herbs, all wrapped up in flaky filo dough, is the vegetarian entrée worthy of the holiday table.
Roast leg of lamb is a springtime classic, but that's no reason to leave it off the table for Thanksgiving. If you're after a meaty main and want to go beyond the bird, this is an easy cut to cook and makes for a wonderful holiday feast.
Partner humble chicken thighs with a tangy sauce and sweet figs (grab a bag from the freezer section if you can't find fresh) and instantly feel a whole lot fancier.