Chrissy Teigen Hates Thanksgiving Turkey — So We've Got Some Ideas

We got you, girl. Don't worry.

October 19, 2018

Chrissy Teigen is, to put it mildly, not a big fan of Thanksgiving turkey. She's been very clear:

And this year, she's already scouting for alternative ideas:

Chrissy, your controversial food opinions (she can’t stand Nutella either) are always sure to make us LOL. However, when we saw that you’d rather eat dog food than Thanksgiving turkey, we knew this was a food emergency.

We can’t have you missing out on the most important food day of the year, Chrissy! In the interest of holiday happiness, please enjoy these turkey alternatives. We promise they taste better than dog food and candle wax.

Food Stylist:  Anne Disrude 
Prop Stylist: Leslie Siegel


Food Stylist: Anne Disrude Prop Stylist: Leslie Siegel

Photo by: Tina Rupp

Tina Rupp

A glazed ham is an absolute showstopper, especially when serving a crowd. That's why we think Chrissy needs to try this beautiful, no-sweat recipe. It includes four different glaze options, so she can choose whichever one best suits her Thanksgiving menu.

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Marshall Troy, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Who needs turkey when you have Tyler Florence's roasted chicken? His beautiful dish is perfectly seasoned, wonderfully golden and deliciously juicy. Plus, it pairs just as well with stuffing and rolls! Let’s hope Chrissy doesn’t hate those, too.


Giada De Laurentiis' butternut squash lasagna is a vegetarian dish, but it’s full of the seasonal flavors that define Thanksgiving. Plus, the butternut squash adds a beautiful orange color that’s definitely Thanksgiving-appropriate. Sounds like a surefire hit to us, Chrissy.


Turnips tend to appear on a lot of Thanksgiving menus, so why not complement them with a tasty, tender leg of lamb? Even better, Chrissy can marinate the lamb the day before, so come Thanksgiving, all she needs to do is throw it in the broiler.

Chrissy can beef up (pun intended) her Thanksgiving table with Anne Burrell's 5-star braised short ribs. And just think of all the things she can do with the leftovers! Short rib tacos, anyone?

Chrissy has previously said that she eats a whole branzino a day (sometimes two). In that spirit, why not prepare Valerie Bertinelli's stunning dish for Thanksgiving? It's quick, simple and absolutely delicious.

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