Lose the Turkey, Here’s How to Have a Prime Rib Thanksgiving

Is there a turkey-hater in your family? Believe it or not, some people out there just aren’t turkey fans. If you or someone attending your Thanksgiving is one of them, consider serving an alternative instead. Switch it up this year with one main dish that never, ever disappoints: prime rib.

While not everyone may be glad the turkey is gone, there’s still something to be said for having an amazing, perfectly prepared meal. If you want your holiday drinks, apps, sides, and dessert to be just as prime as your rib, this list is for you. From your first sip to your last forkful, we’ve got everything you need to make before, during, and after serving prime rib.

Cocktails

Taylor Flagdate Imperial

Taylor Fladgate Imperial Port Cocktail recipe
Port Cocktails

Port Cocktails describes the Taylor Flagdate Imperial, saying “A splash of Scotch throws the profound caramel and nutty aromas and toasty flavors of Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port into relief in this contemplative cocktail.”

We don’t care how contemplative you choose to be, but we do know that bourbon and port both pair well with beef. Why not mix the two together if you’re tired of the standard red wine and red beef combination?

Get the recipe here.

Bourbon Mint Iced Tea

How Sweet It Is
How Sweet It Is

This cocktail is a refreshing take on a classic that will keep your palate cleansed throughout dinner. Just be careful how much you drink, this one disappears from the table quickly.

Luckily, it’s best made in big batches so fill up a pitcher and let your guests enjoy every last drop. Get the recipe here.

Appetizers

Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail Sauce

OMG these Shrimp are done in 10 minutes and are seriously amazing! Perfect appetizer for the holidays! | www.joyfulhealthyeats.com
Joyful Healthy Eats

Having a heavy appetizer before a fat slab of prime rib is often too bold, so, in this case, fortune favors the seafaring.

Turn standard chilled shrimp with store-bought cocktail sauce into an aromatic homemade delight by trying out the Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp with Homemade Cocktail sauce recipe.

It will leave your palette ready for umami-packed red meat while also leaving plenty of room. Get the recipe here.

Brandade de Morue

Food and Wine

Morue, French for cod, on its own may sound unappealing before eating beef. When whipped with potatoes, milk, olive oil, and garlic, though, things certainly get interesting.

If you read the previous caption and were into the idea of seafood pre-prime rib but against the motif of keeping it light, this one’s for you. Bon appétit, nos amis! Get the recipe here.

Main Course

The Best Prime Rib Ever

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Foodie Crush

No matter where you are, you should be grilling your prime rib because that smoky flavor is unlike any other. Need a refresher course?

Find this recipe here.

Sides

Roasted Green Beans with Almonds

Roasted Green Beans with Almonds
Barbara Bakes

Prime rib is done justice by a side of green veggies. While serving creamed spinach may be familiar territory, we suggest going a little lighter with these Roasted Green Beans with Almonds.

Not only is the recipe heart-healthy, but it’s also delicious and a great addition to beef. Get the recipe here.

Olive Oil and Sea Salt Oven-Roasted Crispy Potato Rounds

Recipe for Perfection
Recipe for Perfection

You can’t mention great additions to beef without mentioning the time-tested side of potato. Yes, we also love a standard baked potato, but we also love to experiment.

Salty, savory, roasted potato rounds will enhance your prime rib while additionally leaving you the option to snack sparingly or indulge, well, indulgently.

Get the recipe here.

Desserts

Fresh Fruit Tart with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream

How to make homemade fresh fruit tart with buttery pastry crust and mascarpone cream filling! Recipe and step pictures on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Sally’s Baking Addiction

Managed to save enough room (or at least convinced yourself that you have room) for dessert? Follow your salty, umami-based entree with a light, sweet tart to end your perfectly planned prime rib experience.

Get the recipe here.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

redwinehotchoch2So this is both a dessert and a drink, but it is so rich, you will want to end your dinner with it. The red wine adds a depth to the hot chocolate, and the spicy seasoning packs a palate-cleansing heat.

Oh, and did we mention red wine goes excellent with red meat? Get the recipe here.

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