These individual-serving-size Cornish game hens are paired with a flavorful rye bread stuffing seasoned with fresh herbs and dried cranberries. A hen on each plate drizzled with a luscious Port-wine pan sauce makes an impressive presentation for Thanksgiving dinner.
This flavorful roast beef recipe uses a budget-friendly cut of meat, either top or bottom round, in place of the more typical special-occasion cuts, such as tenderloin or prime rib. While the roast sizzles in the oven, whip up the easy sour cream-horseradish sauce to serve on the side.
Classic roast chicken has universal appeal any time of year, and will be right at home on the Thanksgiving menu. The cavity of this plump six-pound roasting chicken is stuffed with a lemon, garlic cloves, and fresh thyme, creating an aroma that will permeate the meat as it roasts.
Whether you have vegetarian guests coming to Thanksgiving dinner or your family simply loves lasagna, this version, made with fresh lasagna sheets and stuffed with ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses, will be a knockout. As an added bonus, it can be made a month in advance and stored in the freezer, tightly wrapped.
Dried bay leaves, fresh sage, and orange zest give this roast prime rib amazing aroma and earthy flavor. Rub the herb mixture over the roast the day before Thanksgiving and refrigerate overnight so the flavor permeates the meat. For best results, buy a new container of bay leaves for this recipe so their fragrance is at its height.
Try duck for a sophisticated Thanksgiving alternative to turkey. These duck breasts are glazed with a crimson cherry syrup and roasted to medium-rare, then served with a chutney of cherries, golden raisins, and tarragon. This recipe uses canned Bing cherries rather than fresh.
Duck breasts are sandwiched together with a celery-root-and-wild-mushroom stuffing, pan-seared, and then roasted until the meat is medium-rare and the skin is crisp. The stuffed duck breasts are sliced before serving and drizzled with a simple yet elegant red-wine sauce. Just as with Thanksgiving turkey, any remaining stuffing can be baked separately.