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There comes a point when you just have to be real with yourself, and the Monday before Thanksgiving is prime time to do that when it comes to turkey. You've read everything there is to know about cooking a turkey and know there are no more secrets to be learned. You've looked at the million turkey recipes there are, knowing that you only have to pick one—but the job is just too difficult.
And you know, deep down, you do not want to make this turkey. And that's acceptable: Instead, make something that's equally showy and main-dishy and grand. It's not quitting, it's called pivoting.
More: For traditionalists, here's the most classic Thanksgiving menu for you.
Here are 10 very delicious ways to get out of making a whole turkey:
A leftover gem, just like turkey.
A Turkey Part
It's still turkey!
Cooked low and slow—and with crispy skin, just like turkey is supposed to be.
Drop a whole cauliflower on the table and folks' mouths will drop.
A Whole Chicken
You might even be able to fool a few of your relatives into believing one of these is a turkey.