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6 Ways to Change Up the Bird

Soy-Ginger-Lacquered Cornish Hens

Soy-Ginger-Lacquered Cornish Hens Photo © Con Poulos

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For some people, a whole roast turkey can be the low point of the meal—bland, hard to cook perfectly—but there are satisfying alternatives, like roast Cornish hens or pimentón-spiced turkey breast. Here are three genius recipes from chef Maria Helm Sinskey, plus smoked and cured main courses to buy from top suppliers.

Alternative Main Course Recipes

Soy-Ginger-Lacquered Cornish Hens
Pimentón-Roasted Whole Turkey Breast with Chorizo
Sour-Cherry-Stuffed Duck Breasts with Thyme

Main Courses to Buy

Cornmeal-Crusted Pork Ribs. This cured and cooked, eight-bone center-cut pork loin roast has a golden crust that seals in the juices. $105; realcanadianbacon.com.

Smoked Turkey. This turkey is more succulent than others we sampled in the F&W Test Kitchen, with just the right amount of smokiness. From $80; nodinesmokehouse.com.

Cooked Ham. Smoking Goose's boneless "city" hams from Indiana are hot-smoked over hickory and fruit woods. From $8.50 per lb; smokinggoose.com.

Related: Thanksgiving Alternatives to Turkey
Thanksgiving Centerpiece Roasts
Turkey Recipes

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