Discover the succulent wonders of unconventional roasts that promise to steal the Thanksgiving spotlight. From tantalizing cuts of prime rib infused with herbaceous elegance to the savory marvel of Mexican pork loin glazed in delectable spices, each recipe is a triumph in its own right.

Oven-Roasted Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

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Celebrate with luxurious proteins like beef tenderloin, lobster, prime rib, and leg of lamb. These exquisite ingredients evoke special moments, whether a holiday, a wedding, or a cherished family tradition. Rejoice in the enduring love for these remarkable foods. Get the recipe: Oven-Roasted Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb.

Tender Glazed Corned Beef

Fully cooked glazed corned beef.
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Achieve oven-cooked corned beef effortlessly with this no-fuss braise. A delectable blend of brown sugar, mustard, and horseradish creates a sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy glaze for the ultimate corned beef. Get the recipe: Tender Glazed Corned Beef.

Brown Sugar Spiral Ham

Sliced brown sugar spiral ham.
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Indulge in a holiday classic, the Brown Sugar Spiral Ham. Glazed with brown sugar, maple syrup, mustard, apple cider, and warm spices, it’s a festive main dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and daily delights. Get the recipe: Brown Sugar Spiral Ham.

Oven Roasted Whole Beef Tenderloin

Slices of roasted whole beef tenderloin on a plate with garnish on top.
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Impress your guests with an approachable, elegant dish that combines the “reverse sear” technique for even, pink perfection. The key? Quality tenderloin, precise seasoning, and a foolproof approach. Get the recipe: Oven Roasted Whole Beef Tenderloin.

Veal Pocket Stuffed

Sliced veal pocket stuffed with mushrooms and bread on a rectangular plate.
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Indulge in an Italian favorite, Veal Pocket Stuffed with Mushrooms. Perfect for dinners and special occasions. It’s surprisingly simple and stunning on the table. Once you taste it, you’ll want to savor this insanely delicious dish repeatedly. Get the recipe: Veal Pocket Stuffed.

Brown Sugar Glazed Ham

Slices of brown sugar-glazed ham.
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This easy recipe, featuring a quick stovetop glaze, is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter dinner. Your family will gather around the table, proud to enjoy this flavorful main course adorned with fresh herbs. It’s the best brown sugar glaze for ham. Get the recipe: Brown Sugar Glazed Ham.

Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

Dijon herb crusted rack of lamb on a plate with garnish on top.
Photo Credit: Coley Cooks.

Create an elegant dinner for two with Dijon herb-crusted rack of lamb. Roasted to succulent perfection, this sophisticated dish is ideal for special occasions like date nights. Herbed breadcrumbs and tangy Dijon mustard complement its mild, slightly mineral flavor.  Get the recipe: Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb.

Smoked Garlic Butter Prime Rib

Garlic prime rib on a wooden board.
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Smoked Garlic Butter Prime Rib delivers rich, melt-in-your-mouth beef. This recipe guides you through preparing and smoking the perfect prime rib for special occasions. Indulge in the smoky flavor and succulent crust of this impressive Christmas dinner tradition, worth the splurge. Get the recipe: Smoked Garlic Butter Prime Rib.

Lomo Mechado

Lomo mechado pork roast.
Image credit: Maricruz Avalos Flores.

Treat yourself to Mexican Lomo Mechado succulent, flavorful pork sirloin stuffed with prunes, bacon, and nuts. Slow-roasted with a delightful prune sauce, it’s a simple yet impressive dish. Pair with your favorite sides for a Merry Christmas or any special occasion. Get the recipe: Lomo Mechado.

Prime Rib Roast

Roasted beef rib on a plate.
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Celebrate the holidays with a family favorite: Prime Rib Roast. It’s the perfect centerpiece for big moments, Christmas dinners, or cozy evenings. This slow-roasted prime rib recipe ensures a tender, flavorful ribeye roast. Get the recipe: Prime Rib Roast.

Dry-brined, Reverse-Seared Prime Rib

Sliced reverse-seared prime rib.
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This recipe is your ultimate guide to making the best dry-brined, reverse-seared prime rib. Follow the recipe card for step-by-step instructions and check the notes for pro tips. Elevate your prime rib game to “OMG, this is the best!”. Get the recipe: Dry-brined, Reverse-Seared Prime Rib.

Bonus: Vegetarian Nut Roast

Vegetarian nut roast on a plate with sides.
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Discover a flavorful meat-free option for your roast dinner with this nut roast. Slice and serve it with your favorite vegetables and a drizzle of gravy. It’s easy to prepare in advance and freezes well, making it a convenient choice for those reducing or eliminating meat. Get the recipe: Vegetarian Nut Roast.

Mouthwatering Side Dishes to Complete Your Thanksgiving Feast

Cheesy scalloped potatoes in a baking dish.
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These delectable sides will transform your Thanksgiving table into a cornucopia of taste and tradition. Go to Thanksgiving Side Dishes.

Maricruz Avalos Flores is a Mexican cook and photographer living in Italy where she shares authentic Mexican & Italian recipes that can be easily made at home using easy-to-find ingredients.

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