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Thanksgiving Entrée Alternatives

Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey front and center

When you think of Thanksgiving, you’re probably thinking a spread of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing. If you want a little diversity, you can change up the entree and offer something other than turkey! There are plenty of options for you to choose from, which is why we’ve got a few recipes you can try in this week’s Willington Lakes Phase 1 Blog. 

Prime Rib

  • 5 pounds beef prime rib (or larger* if larger, double the spices/seasonings)

  • Sea salt

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • horseradish, for serving (optional)

If you’re sick of turkey, try something you’re sure to like: prime rib! This delicious recipe will result in a savory, tender entree full of herbs that pairs perfectly with traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. Try it this next Thanksgiving!


  • 1 1/3 cups dry white wine, divided

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped shallots, divided

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 8 (4-ounce) cooked Maine lobster tails in shells (from 8 [2 1/2 to 3-pound] lobsters)

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage

  • 3 ounces whole-grain bread, pulsed in a food processor to coarse crumbs

Enjoy a delicious lobster meal here in Orangeburg, SC by trying out this recipe instead of the turkey! Though it may not be the traditional entree, lobster is a delicious choice for the next time you invite your family and friends over for Thanksgiving!


  • 4 cups thickly sliced or quartered red, white, and/or yellow onions and/or boiling or cipollini onions, peeled

  • 1 5 pound whole roasting chicken

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • Chard Leaves (optional)

Not departing far from the poultry motif of Thanksgiving, this chicken recipe is a good substitute for turkey if you’re not in the mood for it. Chickens are also smaller, which means manageable leftovers! 

The next time you invite some friends and family over to your apartment for Thanksgiving, you could try these recipes out!