5 Main Dish Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Don’t let Thanksgiving creep on on you — it’s only one week away! Do you know what you’re making for your main course yet? Chicken? Pork? Ham? Or the classic turkey? If you haven’t quite figured out what you want to serve yet, don’t fret! As always, we’re here to help. We’ve found some fantastic main dish recipes for you to serve for Thanksgiving dinner.

1. The Perfect Turkey

If you’re preparing a traditional Thanksgiving feast this year, we’ve found the absolute perfect turkey recipe. Most of the reviewers swear it’s the juiciest turkey they’ve ever had (the secret is in the brine), and it’s simple to execute. Good news, right? Now here are some of the things you’ll need: a whole turkey, kosher salt, onions, celery, fresh thyme, bay leaves, and white wine.

2. Cranberry-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens

If you want to go for a main course that adds a new spin to a classic dish, this recipe for cranberry-stuffed Cornish game hens is just the one to try. You’ll impress your guests with the impressive presentation, plus the cranberries add the perfect Thanksgiving flavor. For this recipe, you’ll need shiitake mushrooms, dried cranberries, cornish game hens, rye bread, and chicken broth.

3. Duck à l’Orange

Want to make something that will wow your guests? This roasted duck recipe is impressive, delicious and not as difficult to make as you would think. This dish will only take about three hours total to prepare, and you can even make the orange duck sauce ahead of time. To serve this for Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll need ingredients such as carrots, tomatoes, oranges, currant jelly, Grand Marnier, and white wine.

dried cranberries

4. Honey Baked Ham

Looking for a yummy ham recipe that perfectly captures the idea of sweet and salty? We’ve found it for you! This is an easy recipe, and it will only take around three and a half hours total. You only need six ingredients for this succulent ham: brown sugar, 6 pounds bone-in ham, honey, cornstarch, red pepper flakes, and cayenne pepper.

5. Glazed Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf

Thanksgiving should be a festive celebration for everyone at your table, including vegetarians! This savory and hearty vegetarian recipe can be served as a main dish Thanksgiving dinner and might even upstage the meat on the table: glazed lentil walnut apple loaf. Bonus: this recipe is also gluten-free! Here are a few of the components you’ll need: chopped walnuts, green lentils, ground flax, raisins, and apples.

What are you planning on making for Thanksgiving dinner? Share your recipes and ideas with us!

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