Traditional & Unique Dishes For Thanksgiving Centerpieces

These Thanksgiving food ideas will make your main course a show-stopping centerpiece. From traditional turkeys to holiday-worthy roasts and hams, spectacular seafood and vegetarian and vegan recipes for a showstopping holiday entrees, here are 50 vetted recipes from experienced chefs, publishers and cooks.

When you think of traditional Thanksgiving dinner, turkey is naturally the first thing that pops into your head, so of course, we’ve included some excellent turkey recipes perfect for a crowd or a smaller gathering.

But turkey is just the beginning. Why not a beef roast? Or a stuffed pork loin? Grilled racks of lamb are tasty and impressive. Make a DIY seafood buffet with crab, shrimp, fish, and more. There are also vegetarian and vegan recipes that go way beyond salad.

Beginning with the classic turkey main course - here are some festive, delicious Thanksgiving turkey recipes that are great for large groups or an intimate Thanksgiving for two.

Beef - It's What's For Dinner

If you want to switch up fowl for a beefy main course this Thanksgiving, here are a few delicious options!

Mouthwatering Lamb Recipes

Lamb has always been a winner for holidays and special occasions. These delicious lamb recipes will make your guests swoon.

Pork and Ham

We know pork as the "other white meat," but put a little lipstick on this pig, and you'll have stunning roasts, smokes, and roulades that highlight the true potential of porcine cooking!

Surprising Meaty Mains

For Thanksgiving, you don't have to stick with the standard turkey, beef, lamb, or pork. Why not branch out with some unique meat mains?

If you have hunters in your life, showcasing their prize at the holiday table will make both of you the star of the show.

Sea Food? Eat It!

Including fish, crab and shrimp on your Thanksgiving table brings something unexpected and unique.

These recipes would work well as a stand-alone Thanksgiving Entree or to augment a larger meal.

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Entrees

Going meatless this holiday? Here are some of our favorite options for a vegetarian Thanksgiving feast!

Vegan Thanksgiving Main Courses

Plant-based eating doesn't have to be boring. These creative mains are perfect for holiday celebrations and omnivores will love them too.

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  1. Cynthia | What A Girl Eats says:

    Thanks so much for including me in this tasty round-up! I’ve scheduled a share and pinned!