5 Turkey alternatives that won’t break your holiday budget

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5 Turkey alternatives that won’t break your holiday budget



Thanksgiving is on the way and the excitements are on the high. Stephanie and the kids are on top of their enthusiasm. However, I’m a bit apprehensive as I know that many dinner parties will follow after Thanksgiving one and I’d have to host all of them.

These will certainly make a big hole in my pocket if I stick to expensive and time-consuming preparations – especially the turkey. If you are not strict about the holiday traditions, then you can try these five cheap turkey alternatives that I’ve already planned.

1) Rosemary-Pepper Beef Rib Roast

If you are hard-pressed about stove space while hosting a party at home, you can sear the meat in a preheated pan in the oven. While this may become a cheap alternative to turkey, the method also helps the meat cook quickly.

Rosemary-pepper beef rib roast is an affordable and delicious alternative to turkey and can feed a lot of people. You can get the recipe here.

2) Roasted Cornish Hens

If you’re still Jonesing for poultry, but don’t want to experience the uproar of roasting a turkey, here is an alternative. You can roast the hens in a large skillet instead of a roasting pan. This will help the skin get more crispy. Get the entire preparation here.

3) Roasted Fresh Ham

If you don’t have any diet restrictions against pork, roasted ham can be a great budget alternative for turkey. Just procure a fresh bone-in ham and relish it even after Thanksgiving. You can even serve after garnishing with apples, pears, or cranberries. Click here for the recipe.

4) Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash

This is another alternative that may come within your budget. For chilly autumn, roasted chicken quarters with golden squash and sage are something that most people would relish. Fall and winter also bring lots of fresh seasonal veggies that you can use to decorate. You can get the entire recipe here.

5) Roasted Veggie

Should you be offering vegetables to your guests on Thanksgiving eve? Why not? Fall and winter offer a plethora of new vegetables that can make for tasty main dishes. Some might include Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Acorn Squash with Walnuts & Cranberry, and Grilled Chipotle Lime Cauliflower Steaks.

However, if you wish to put in some more labor, a vegetarian casserole can also please a great flock. You may either try Root Vegetable Gratin, this Pumpkin and Black Bean Casserole, or this Mushroom Stout Vegan Pot Pies.

So these were a few of the recipes that I had planned to try this holiday season rather than the monotonous turkey. What about you? Do you want to skip the turkey too? What’s your favorite alternative? Which one listed here gives you goosebumps?


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