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Tired of Turkey? Thanksgiving Alternatives Our Catering Company Recommends

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Turkeys are running for cover and your Dad’s “gobble ‘til you wobble” jokes are in full force, and that can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is almost here. As if the sky-high displays of pie filling and cranberry sauce weren’t enough of a reminder that you’ll soon have to roast fowl the size of a smart car, food magazines are filling social media with blog posts and recipe suggestions touting the best ways to make your bird juicy and succulent. But what about those of us who’d rather defrost a Lean Cuisine than eat another bite of flavorless turkey breast or spend the better part of a week brining, basting and carving up that formerly feathered monstrosity?

If you’re hoping for an alternative to the traditional Thanksgiving turkey this year, we’ve got you covered with these holiday alternatives that are catering company tested and Saint Germain approved.

Pork with Persimmons and Mustard Greens

The 2-lb. pork loin at the center of this recipe is ideal for a smaller gathering. You’ll likely still have leftovers — and you won’t want to the share the sandwiches, trust us — but you won’t be swimming in piles of turkey until you weep. We call that a win-win. Add in the peppery bite of mustard greens and the tangy sweetness of persimmons and you’ve got something special on your hands.

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Spiced Coriander and Mustard-Crusted Rib Roast of Beef

Rib roasts are often reserved for Christmas, Easter and Sunday dinners with the folks, but the warm spices in this rub are an ideal foil for Thanksgiving sides like cranberry relish and mashed potatoes, and you’ll probably have the allspice and ginger in your pantry anyway thanks to the popularity of everything pumpkin spice.

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Salt-Baked Whole Fish

Swapping out turkey in favor of another protein means you also have to lose the wow factor that comes from a tableside presentation — or do you? This salt-crusted fish is awe-inspiring in ways turkey can never be, and the plating isn’t just for aesthetic purposes. All that coarse-ground salt helps keep the fish unbelievably moist and super flavorful. Your guests are guaranteed to be impressed.

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Roast Magret Duck Breasts with Shaved Black Truffles

Feeling fancy? Give these scrumptious duck breasts a whirl. Most of the ingredients — carrots, celery, chicken and beef broth, butter and shallots, for example — are easy to find and inexpensive, but the dish gets a significant kick from a cup of Pinot Noir and the all-important truffles. Sure, it’s a bit of a splurge, but it is the holidays, and if you can’t treat yourself on Thanksgiving, you’re living life all kinds of backward.

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Baked Acorn Squash with Walnuts and Cranberries

Surprise! Vegetarians can enjoy Thanksgiving too, especially when they’re chowing down on this nut-studded stuffed acorn with tart bursts of cranberry. It’s delish, it’s filling and no one will miss the meat.

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Let Your Local Catering Company Do the Work

Still interested in serving turkey but even more interested in finding a workaround that doesn’t involve you wearing an apron or tackling a mountain of dirty dishes? Lots of catering companies provide make-ahead meals you can pick up early in the week and simply heat up and plate once Thanksgiving rolls around. Other companies specialize in corporate and private parties hosted at a variety of venues — including your own home — so you can enjoy the fuss and festivity of a full culinary spread as well as your guests.

Interested in booking a party? Request a quote from Saint Germain and see how your Thanksgiving can be radically and deliciously different.

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