By Leslie Kelly
November 11, 2015

While roast turkey definitely rules on Thanksgiving, there are loads of people who crave something besides the typical big bird. From pork roasts and roast duck to prime rib and stuffed squash, these hearty main dishes are a twist on traditional Thanksgiving fare.

This five-star rated recipe, featuring a tart cranberry stuffing, looks stunning on your holiday table. And you're not going to believe how good it tastes. DLSRZBB says, "This recipe was perfect in every way. Easy to do, tasted absolutely wonderful and was as tender and moist as you could possibly want."

Crown Roast
Photo by Meredith

Good things do come in small packages. These small birds are great when your flock's just a few. "What a hit," says Mario M. "Roasted my hens with sweet potatoes, carrots, garlic cloves, onions, and cherry tomatoes. Such a beautiful, rustic dish."

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary
Photo by Jean Ann

Fancy fish, worthy of a celebration, this recipe has been made more than 2,000 times, so you know it's a winner. "VERY TASTY!" raves DebP. "A definite company meal. This is a wonderful recipe for salmon."

Baked Dijon Salmon
Baked Dijon Salmon | Photo by Angela Thorassie
| Credit: angela thorassie

Far richer than its poultry cousin, this bird is a big hit among lovers of dark meat. Just remember, one duck feeds 2 to 3 people, max. "This was the best roasted duck we have ever had," says GoneToTheDogs. "The rub was tasty, the duck moist, the skin golden brown."

Roast Duck and Merlot
Roast Duck and Merlot | Photo by Meredith

Not really a "turkey", this faux bird flies high alongside a mess of roast veggies. "I'll be making this for Thanksgiving from now on!" says natalie. "Even meat eaters liked this one. I left the tofu in the colander overnight (at least 12 hours). Left-overs made nice sandwiches as well."

Please pass the horseradish sauce! This big ol' hunk of beef makes for a dramatic centerpiece to this feast celebrating family and friends stuffing themselves silly. Watch this video demo below for a deep dive on making this regal roast. "Prime rib was perfect, juicy and perfectly pink," says karenkooks. "Loved it! Love the video to really get a good sense of how to apply the butter and herbs."

With a bold spice rub made with cumin, smoked paprika, garlic, and oregano, this 5-star turkey brings the flavor in a big way. Reviewers urge you to be sure to make the creamy, spicy gravy that goes with it.

Delight the vegetarians and vegans at your Thanksgiving table with this gorgeous stuffed squash main dish. Recipe creator Nicholio says, "Maitake mushrooms make the squash stuffing extra special. They're meaty, crisp, and rich, but not overpowering." If you can't find maitake mushrooms, go right ahead and use any other fresh mushroom you like.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Farro Stuffing
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

"This recipe for maple-brined pork roast is a delicious way for you to experience just how easy a simple brine really is," says recipe creator Chef John. "I love the way the meat gets infused with that subtly-sweet maple flavor."

Maple-Brined Pork Loin
Photo by Jacob Mustin
| Credit: Jacob Mustin

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