Running Out of Thanksgiving Platters? Here Are 5 Alternatives.

updated May 1, 2019
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Fancy platters are the pretty, magazine-approved way to serve your turkey and dessert on Thanksgiving. They aren’t the only serving option, though. If you’re realizing there’s a mismatch between your cooking ambitions and your serving supplies, you have plenty of other options in your kitchen right now. All you need is a flat surface and a little creativity.

1. Cheese Board

You know that pretty slate or marble board you just used for serving cheese? Give it a quick rinse and then arrange sliced turkey over the top.

Get inspired: 8 Gorgeous Cheese Boards for Entertaining

2. Cutting Board

Let that big, beautiful wooden cutting board take the place of a platter at the table this Thanksgiving.

Read more: The Cutting Board as Serving Platter

3. Cast Iron Skillet

Let this beloved piece of cookware pull double duty this Thanksgiving. Grab your favorite cast iron skillet — the bigger, the better — and use it to present the turkey, stuffing, or even the greens. In a pinch it makes a fun and rustic alternative to a platter.

4. Baking Sheet

Yes, even your oldest, most-battered jelly roll pan will do. It adds a rustic touch that works. If you’d rather cover up the surface, add a piece of wrinkled parchment over the top of the baking sheet, before the food. This is an especially pretty option for rustic rolls or bread.

5. Cake Stand

Don’t wait for dessert to break out the cake stand. Set in the middle of the dinner table, this flat surface will really elevate pre-dinner snacks and nibbles. It also makes a fun way to present a heap of sliced turkey.