Skip The Turkey This Year!
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Skip the turkey this year!

Terrific turkey alternatives to serve as your holiday main

Christmas is one month away and many holiday menus are well underway. Turkey is the traditional holiday dinner headliner, but not everyone loves this bird.

If you’re looking to shake things up and swap out your traditional turkey with an equally delicious holiday alternative this year, you must give one of these main courses a try.

Choose one of these main dishes for Christmas dinner

Braised brisket

Brisket is an affordable, deliciously well-marbled cut of beef that is easy to prepare. It can feed a lot of people, and be prepared in many different ways. The best way to enjoy brisket over the holidays is to slow-roast it alongside root vegetables like parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, and celery.

If brisket isn’t your thing, choose a juicy, tender prime rib as your main course. It’s a little pricier, but a superb piece of prime rib will certainly have your family members begging for seconds.

Glazed ham

This crowd-pleasing main is almost as popular as turkey (depending on who you ask!). It can easily feed a large group of people, and it pairs well with Gratin and a selection of seasonal vegetables. If it seems easy, that’s because it is!

Grilled lamb chops

You can’t go wrong with lamb. Pair those perfectly seasoned chops with roasted butternut squash, mustard glazed carrots, peas and pancetta, and garlic mashed potatoes for a scrumptiously simple holiday meal.

Roast Chicken

Roast chicken is a great alternative for those cooking for a small group or those who don’t love turkey, but want white meat. They are easy to make, take far less time to roast, and can easily feed 3-4 people per bird. Plus, they easy to season and pair well with a variety of side dishes.

If you’re looking to make roast chicken for a crowd, roasting 2 (or even 3) birds at a time is easy, and won’t take up too much space in your oven.


If you’re looking for a big change—or a vegetarian alternative that isn’t just vegetables—pasta is the way to go.

Choose a dish as simple as fettuccine Alfredo, or get a little fancy with stuffed cannelloni baked in a creamy wine sauce. Whatever pasta dish you serve for Christmas dinner, the options are endless and the sides are a plenty.

Get really crazy, and make the pasta dough yourself! Maybe it will be the start of a new holiday tradition?!

Pork tenderloin

Pork is another delicious meat alternative to the traditional turkey. Since there are so many budget friendly and tasty pork inspired holiday meal ideas, this other white meat could easily steal the show at Christmas.

Tenderloin is simply one option. There are plenty of cut choices to choose from, depending on how you’d like to prepare your pork.

Tip: invest in a really good meat thermometer to prevent overcooking.


Vegetables, legumes, and grains can absolutely steal the show at Christmas. If you’re looking for some non-traditional vegetarian options for your main course, think about serving vegetarian pilaf, portobello pot roast, risotto, or cauliflower steaks.


If you’d rather not entertain a large group at home, we’ve got your back (except on Christmas Day)!

We love hosting holiday gatherings, and even have a merry main menu just for the occasion. We also have platter options if you prefer to celebrate the season with tapas.

Click here for more details about booking our venue.