Running Out of Thanksgiving Platters? Here Are 5 Alternatives.

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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.

2. Cutting Board

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

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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.

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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.