Turkey-free Thanksgiving menu

Break from the crowd and try something completely different this Thanksgiving (go on, we dare you).

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Thanksgiving table setting
Photo, Sian Richards.

Get friends and family together this weekend for a gorgeous, casual Thanksgiving meal. We’ve prepared a full menu (sans turkey this year) that will delight everyone so much they’ll be thinking about hosting their own turkey-less Thanksgiving next year.

 

Creamy mushroom paté
Photo, Sian Richards.

Starter
Creamy mushroom pâté
Rich and delicious, this vegetarian spread is a test kitchen favourite. You can make this pâté up to 2 days ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted fennel with parmesan-lemon vinaigrette
Photo, SIan Richards.

Side
Roasted fennel with parmesan-lemon vinaigrette
Keeping a tiny piece of the centre core in each fennel wedge makes it pretty for presentation, but it’s not crucial. Even if the wedges fall apart, they’re still tasty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pork tenderloin with spiced nuts and walnuts
Photo, Sian Richards.

Main
Pork tenderloin with spiced plums and walnuts
To get the pork tenderloins beautifully golden, pat them dry all over with paper towels before brushing them with the Dijon mixture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate-bourbon pecan pie
Photo, Sian Richards.

Dessert
Chocolate-bourbon pecan pie
Every bite is laced with chocolatey, nutty and boozy decadence. Bonus: Bake it for a chance to win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related:
Traditional Thanksgiving menu
6 pumpkin-free Thanksgiving desserts
How to make the best soup stock