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Jell-O Turkey, Beer Butt Turkey, and Turkey Cheese Balls

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Sure, you can have a dull traditional turkey on Thanksgiving, but why do that when you can eat something different? Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of different alternatives to a Thanksgiving bird for those who want to crank their holiday meal up a notch. When you serve one of these, your guests may not be as thankful.

Sick of unbuttoning your pants after Thanksgiving dinner? Well, keep it light with a tasty Jell-o Turkey! Mmm nothing says Thanksgiving quite like J-E-L-L-O.

Of course there are those who want to add a bit more to their bird. What better way to do that then by stuffing a lot of other meat into it? Try the Turgooduccochiqua. It's a quail stuffed inside a hen inside a duck inside a chicken inside a turkey and inside a goose. Wow. Not to mention the layers of bacon throughout. Yowza.

Forget the turkey and cook up another bird like the Beer Butt Chicken. This is simple and still pretty tasty while adding the proper ingredient to help fill ya up even more: beer.

Sometimes it really is all about the cheese. With a turkey cheese ball you pile on the cheese instead of the meat and still feel fat and happy. Add some crackers and you are good to go!

What better way to end the day than by chowing down on a cake that looks similar to your actual Thanksgiving meal? Try out the turkey cake for dessert or a sweet alternative to your turkey meal. You may even fool grandma until she puts the fork in her mouth.

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