7 Alternative Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas for Your Table – ZING Blog by Quicken Loans

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Thanksgiving is a foregone conclusion, right? A big, boring turkey, lots of different beige-tinted side dishes, football, pie and a nap. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Alternative Thanksgiving dinners are trending in kitchens across the country, and not just in the homes of chefs. More people are exploring ways to fill their relatives beyond the bird and gravy. We teamed up with the culinary experts at Omaha Steaks to explore some options and discover what your next big meal might look (and taste) like!


A beef roast makes a tasty substitute for turkey as the main dish on Thanksgiving, and a chateaubriand is one that makes a statement. It’s a beef tenderloin roast, meaning it’s a roast-sized filet mignon. There’s no other beef roast that’s this tender, and the mild flavor goes well with nearly any seasoning or side dish.

Prime Rib

A big prime rib roast is probably the most “traditional” of the nontraditional Thanksgiving centerpieces. Start with a big, beautiful aged prime rib beef roast, sear it for amazing flavor and slowly roast it to juicy, rich perfection. Serve it in big slices with au jus and tasty accoutrements like horseradish or chutney. Serving prime rib for Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily easier than serving turkey, but it’s guaranteed to make an amazing impression.

Slow Cooker Meal

How does a Thanksgiving with actually, literally, zero work involved sound to you? Look to your slow cooker. The ingenious low-temp kitchen device is the key to creating rich, sharable dishes without complicated recipes. Omaha Steaks has partnered with Crock-Pot® slow cookers to create ready-to-cook meals that don’t even require chopping or prep. It’s all there. You can serve family-size dinners of chicken and dumplings, jambalaya, beef bourguignon and more. Seriously … try it for Thanksgiving! Get a few slow cookers together and make everyone’s favorites! Your family – and stress level – will thank you.

Turkey Roulade

Yes, it’s turkey. But this Thanksgiving idea has a unique gourmet presentation that’s far from the traditional bird. Making a turkey roulade means taking tender white-meat turkey and wrapping it around a mélange of ingredients like a stuffing. Omaha Steaks’ easy roulade is filled with croutons, kale and apricots, then the entire roll is wrapped in savory prosciutto. An easy option like this means chef-like results without complicated cooking on your…

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