Many people are shocked at the thought of serving anything other than the traditional turkey dinner. But what if you don't really like turkey? What if you've cooked so many turkeys in your life you just don't ever want to have to cook another turkey? Well, that would be me. And you know what, Thanksgiving without turkey can be pretty great!
A few years ago I decided to break free from the traditional turkey dinner and cook something I really wanted to make, a Low Country Boil. And you know what? Everyone loved it and not one person missed the turkey! Giant pieces of king crab legs, juicy jumbo shrimp, red potatoes and corn on the cob with some spicy kielbasa sausage thrown into a big kettle of boiling goodness. The meal was delicious, and even better, the entire dinner was cooked in one pot! Without the piles of pots and pans to wash after dinner, we were all able to sit back and enjoy the rest of our day. That's when I knew it was OK to break tradition, and I haven't cooked a turkey since!
The next year we made a Standing Rib Roast with Oven Roasted Potatoes, another year it was Filet Mignon with Mushroom and Wine Sauce and one year it was San Francisco-Style Cioppino. New and exciting recipes like these give everyone something new to look forward to each year, instead of the same roasted turkey.
We always include our kids when planning our Thanksgiving Day meal each year, and we plan Christmas and New Year's Eve Dinners the same way. Everyone makes suggestions and when the time comes, everyone pitches in to help prepare the meal. The kids have learned so much by helping plan these dinners and we have created some great memories.
So if you're tired of turkey or maybe you just don't like turkey, do something different! Think outside the box this year and try making something new, exciting, and wonderful for your Thanksgiving Dinner. Enjoy!!