Thanksgiving Alternative

No turkey! No green bean casserole! No sweet potatoes! No Pumpkin Pie! How could this be??? What is Thanksgiving if not that? I was first struggling with this myself when I finally admitted I didn’t like the food. Could you have Thanksgiving without the traditional dishes? Then it hit me, yes. Thanksgiving should simply be a special joyous meal where you join together with those in your life and reflect and give thanks.

Armed with this revelation I then thought, if I were to throw all preconceived notions of “Thanksgiving Dinner” out the window what would I do? After reading a bit about Thanksgiving and looking at recipes I came to the conclusion of it needing to be a special meal. Then I happened to come across the Cuisine at Home December 2014 issue. In it they had Stuffed Filet Mignon Oscar with Crabmeat Filling and Béarnaise Sauce, Sautéed Asparagus, and Simply Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. This meal screamed “SPECIAL” to me.

Stuffed Filet Mignon Oscar with Sautéed Asparagus and roasted fingerling potatoes

All in all this was much easier to do than a full blown Thanksgiving meal. It’s sounds harder than it is but if you can stuff a turkey and make gravy you can easily make this meal. The other great thing about doing this was the amount of food it made. I was able to do Thanksgiving for two and not have endless leftovers.

My husband and I both enjoyed the meal and if you’re a fan of surf and turf you’d love this dish. What this meal taught me was to look beyond that we think of an know as “Thanksgiving Dinner” and make something that special and celebratory. Having learned this I was able to change my approach to a classic meal and work towards developing it into something that is uniquely meaningful to us.

I may not be making this meal for Thanksgiving anymore but having it in my arsenal for special occasions is fantastic.

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