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Hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner this year? Try these main dishes

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

You might not want a whole roast turkey for a gaggle of reasons this Thanksgiving. If the idea of not eating turkey doesn't ruffle your feathers, let yourself off the hook. Here are ideas for cooks who want to mix up tradition -- and are likely hosting small groups this year.

As a food professional who personally could care less about the bird, I have spent the past few years serving anything but an entire turkey at my Thanksgiving dinners.

As a compromise for those who like the idea of turkey and gravy but not the process of roasting a whole bird, pot pie serves up the traditional combination in a different package.

A vegetarian pot pie, stuffed with vegetables like potatoes, green beans, squash, corn and peppers, can be just as thrilling and filling.

Stuffed peppers are for weeknight dinners — stuffed squashes are showstoppers for Thanksgiving!

Like stuffed squash, you can take a stuffing casserole in almost any direction.

A white lasagna layered with roasted squash is a vegetarian option that feels very seasonal, like this acorn squash lasagna.

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