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35 Thanksgiving Main Dishes Everyone Will Love

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This Thanksgiving feast, serve more than just turkey as the main course!  We’ve collected a bunch of recipes for main dishes made from meat that you can serve on Thanksgiving .

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There are also about a million and one ways to make turkey.   These Thanksgiving main dish ideas can be as easy or healthy as you want.

This may seem like a silly post – after all, isn’t turkey the main dish at Thanksgiving?

Of course it is!

However, not everyone likes turkey.  (Pause while everyone gasps in shock and takes a minute to recover.)

There are also about a million and one ways to make turkey.  So give you an extra hand this Thanksgiving, we’ve collected a bunch of recipes for main dishes that you can serve on Thanksgiving.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast With Garlic Butter Gravy

With this recipe for Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Garlic Butter Gravy you can make moist and juicy turkey and gravy in less than an hour! So easy and so delicious, you will not only want to make this for Thanksgiving but all year long as well.

The Best Air Fryer Whole Chicken for Thanksgiving

This easy Air Fryer Whole Chicken is juicy with a perfectly crispy skin and is ready in just 1 hr. It makes for a great Thanksgiving main dish!

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Easy Oven Roasted Turkey Recipe

A whole turkey is easier to make than you might think! Use this easy oven roasted turkey recipe the next time you want to make a whole bird. The directions are easy to follow, and your poultry meal will be simply delicious.

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Thanksgiving Main Dish Recipe

Amazingly tender and delicious Thanksgiving turkey. You will never make your turkey any other way again!

The Best Instant Pot Whole Chicken Recipe

Amazingly delicious and healthy whole chicken recipe, perfect for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving main dishes

Smoked Turkey Recipe for Thanksgiving

This Smoked Turkey is the perfect way to use a homemade rub to make a holiday dinner even more amazing! Plus the smoke flavoring adds to leftover meals made with the turkey!

Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf

A hearty plant-based dinner idea that will satisfy even meat-eaters! A Vegan Cauliflower Lentil Loaf that mimics the classic meatloaf with no meat, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free! Get all your protein and veggies in this healthy recipe!

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Easy Cast Iron Whole Roasted Chicken (Gluten-Free, Paleo) | Strength and Sunshine @RebeccaGF666 A simple and easy cast iron whole roasted chicken that's full of flavor, perfectly moist and tender, and just waiting to be served at the dinner table! This recipe is gluten-free, allergy-free, and paleo using a no-fail method for success!

Easy Cast Iron Whole Roasted Chicken (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

A simple and easy cast iron whole roasted chicken that’s full of flavor, perfectly moist and tender, and just waiting to be served at the dinner table! This recipe is gluten-free, allergy-free, and paleo using a no-fail method for success!

Classic Baked Gluten-Free + Vegan Manicotti (Soy-Free)

No more missing out on your Italian favorite! A Classic Baked Gluten-Free & Vegan Manicotti recipe with homemade tomato sauce, a creamy dairy-free & soy-free cheesy filling, all topped with a homemade 2-ingredient “parmesan”! A perfect comfort food dinner the whole family will enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham

Slow Cooker Ham is a classic and iconic meal, yet there’s so many variations on this recipe. Here a great go-to for the best Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham ever, easy to make with just 5 ingredients – and so delicious! It makes for a great Thanksgiving main dish!

Vegetarian Fajita Pasta Main Dish

Loaded with veggies and lots of flavor, this Vegetarian Fajita Pasta is a favorite pasta dinner. Fire-roasted tomatoes, black beans, colorful bell peppers, sour cream and cheese make this a healthier pasta dish. Make it as a one-pot dish in the Instant Pot or Stovetop. Enjoy topped with cilantro and avocado.

Cooked garlic & sage Cornish game hens on a plate, garnished with a few sage leaves and baby's breath.

Stuffed Cornish Game Hen with Garlic and Sage

This garlic and sage Cornish game hen is stuffed with delicious, homemade Anjou pear and baby bella mushroom stuffing. The best recipe for an elegantly rustic Thanksgiving dinner party with friends!  You’ll be surprised just how incredibly simple they are to make! The hens take only a few minutes to prepare, and 45 minutes to roast.

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Vegan Holiday Roast for Thanksgiving

Well, this incredibly festive, succulent Vegan holiday roast is so much more than just “something extra” you have to make so your vegan friends have something to eat other than… salad. The flavors, texture and smell in this roast could easily go head to head with any of the holiday classics. Just look at it! Can you guess what the 1 inexpensive ingredient is?

Smoked Turkey Recipe And Dry Rub Main Dish

This Smoked Turkey Recipe will be holiday dinner game changer! It makes for a great Thanksgiving main dish!

Slow Cooker Ham With Honey And Bourbon

This Slow Cooker Ham With Honey And Bourbon is the perfect way to twist the flavor a Slow Cooker Ham.

Thanksgiving main dishes

Oven Roasted Pork Loin (GAPS, Paleo, Keto, Whole 30)

If you are looking for an easy pork loin recipe, I have it – Oven Roasted Pork Loin is about as easy as it gets. Adding vegetables to the pot and roasting at the same time, makes it a one dish meal that is deeeelish! Plus, it is GAPS, paleo, keto, whole 30 and just plain nourishing!

Easy Crock Pot Ham Main Dish for Thanksgiving

This Easy Crock Pot Ham goes perfectly for Thanksgiving dinner and not just to be made up for Easter dinner! It makes for a great Thanksgiving main dish!

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Sage-Rubbed Spatchcocked Smoked Turkey

Dry, overcooked, and stringy turkey. Does this sound familiar?  There are various methods that have been developed to prevent dryness, and this recipe combines three of them to roast the perfect bird for your Thanksgiving (or any time of the year) table.  This sage-rubbed smoked turkey will be the juiciest hunk of bird that you’ve ever tasted.

Picnic Ham with Orange Glaze Thanksgiving Main Dish

The reason this ham is so good is because of this orange glaze – glaze is the key to a great ham.  But it’s not only the glaze, the other secret to great ham is basting with the glaze. A lot of people don’t realize that ham needs that TLC, just like a turkey does.

Thanksgiving main dishes

Roasted Duck with Apples Thanksgiving Main Dish

Classic roasted duck with apples recipe. The duck is stuffed with apples and herbs. The meat is very juicy and aromatic, it falls off the bone easily. Duck breasts are particularly delicious here, they are so tender that you can cut them with a fork! Truly amazing.

Pesto Garlic Rubbed Roasted Pork Sirloin

Enjoy a wholesome family dinner with this Pesto Garlic Rubbed Roasted Pork Sirloin and Potatoes. Garlic and fresh herb rubbed pork loin seared then roasted, topped with pesto sauce.

Hearty Pumpkin Chili Recipe for Thanksgiving

This versatile recipe is guaranteed to keep you and your family full and healthy this season.  Who doesn’t love a nice bowl of hearty flavors anyway?  Replace the beef with turkey for a great Thanksgiving dish!

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Traeger Smoked Turkey Thanksgiving Main Dish

Traeger Smoked Turkey is going to quickly become your new favorite turkey method. Put away the gallons of oil, free up your oven, and go ahead and donate that giant electric roaster that you only pull out once a year to someone else, because you’re going to want smoked Traeger turkey every year from here on out.

Vegan Holiday Pie with Hot Water Pastry

This vegan holiday pie with lentils, vegetables, and a vegan hot water pastry was inspired by traditional British pastries, and it’s a gorgeous centrepiece for a vegetarian or vegan table. Not just potatoes and cheese, it’ll please meat eaters and veggies alike during the holiday season.

Apple Cider Brined Turkey for Thanksgiving

Easy to prepare, moist, and so flavorful!  Once you try this Apple Cider Brined Turkey there will be no going back to basic turkey again.

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Meatless Shepherd’s Pie or Vegan Cottage Pie

This Meatless Shepherd’s Pie (or Vegan Cottage Pie) is true comfort food for the fall with carrots, zucchini (courgette) and eggplant (aubergine) topped with creamy vegan mashed potatoes. If you are looking for a Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie recipe with a light veggie stew filling (no legumes, no grains, and no nuts), this is the one to check out.

Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast Thanksgiving Main Dish

Pressure cooker turkey breast that’s tender inside and crispy on the outside! Learn how to cook a bone in turkey breast in your Crock Pot Express, Ninja Foodi or Instant Pot.

Easy Spiced Ham with Pineapple Crusted Glaze

Easy Spiced Ham with Pineapple Crusted Glaze

This Easy Spiced Ham with Pineapple Crusted Glaze brings a perfect balance of spice and sweet together on one plate.  A store bought spicy pork rub paired with a sweet crushed pineapple crust makes it look like you’ve spent hours bent over an oven to turn out this delicious main course Holiday dish.

Perfect Thanksgiving Main Dish Turkey

How to prepare a juicy, flavorful turkey for Thanksgiving Day. Includes instructions for brining, trussing and roasting a turkey.

Thanksgiving main dishes

Brined and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Breast with the Best Easy Gravy

This Brined and Herb Butter Roasted Turkey Breast with the Best Easy Gravy is perfect for when you want the juiciest and most flavorful Main Course for your special Thanksgiving meal.

a honey a pineapple glazed ham on a serving platter with a carving fork stuck in the top

Pineapple & Honey Glazed Ham (Bone-In)

A staple for many holiday dinners, this old fashioned bone in pineapple and honey glazed ham is a truly wonderful thing when properly prepared.

Herbed Butter Roasted Chicken for Thanksgiving

This herbed butter roasted chicken is the juiciest chicken you will ever sink your teeth into. Packing the butter and seasoning between the breasts and the skin locks in the flavor and keeps the chicken moist all throughout the cooking.

Kahlua Pineapple Glazed Ham Main Dish

One pan Kahlua Pineapple Glazed Ham is the BEST spiral-cut baked ham recipe to serve a crowd on a budget. A huge hit for holiday parties, brunch or dinner!

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Grilled Spatchcock Turkey with Maple Butter and Apple Cider Brine

This recipe for juicy, succulent, Maple Butter Turkey is absolutely delicious!  It’s roasted on the grill, giving it a smoky flavor. Learn how to spatchcock, brine and grill the best turkey you’ve ever had!

Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot

It’s simple to make pressure cooker turkey breast in an Instant Pot. Here’s an easy method to cook breast fillets so they won’t be dry. It makes for a great Thanksgiving main dish!

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Fitoru Fitness January 27, 2020 - 5:55 pm

This Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast in the Instant Pot is perfect for the season!I will surely bookmark your page and will come back on thanks giving! These recipes are the best! Thanks for sharing!

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