Here’s what you get when you cross your Thanksgiving turkey with hot dogs


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A giant turkey in the center of the table is a Thanksgiving tradition, but if you’re getting tired of the same flavor year after year, Reynolds Wrap has created three brand-new recipes, all inspired by another classic American food: the hot dog.

The cookware company has created three “turkey dog” recipes, all inspired by popular hot dog styles, including the no-ketchup Chicago style, the onion and sauerkraut-covered New York style, and the popular chili-cheese dog.

The Chicago-Style Turkey Dog is definitely for mustard-lovers. The turkey will turn a mustard-yellow color after it’s rubbed with a combination of celery salt and ground mustard and glazed in yellow mustard. The cooked bird is then basted in a fresh coat of mustard glaze before being served with pickle spears, chopped onions, sport peppers and tomato slices.

Is mustard not your thing? The New York-Style Turkey Dog is for ketchup fans and features a bright-red glaze made from the condiment, plus a zesty onion powder rub. It is then topped with sauerkraut, homemade onion sauce and spicy brown mustard for a New York touch.

The Chili Cheese Turkey Dog doesn’t have mustard or ketchup — instead, its flavor comes from a chili powder rub. You can top the finished bird with shredded cheese, onions and sliced jalapeños to re-create that chili-cheese-dog flavor.

While these recipes are no doubt unique, Reynolds Wrap has also created a variety of other interesting turkey recipes you might want to draw inspiration from. Find recipes for a Mac and Cheese Turkey and one covered in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust. Or, light up your table with a Glitter Turkey. If these don’t sound appetizing, Butterball also has a few unique ways to spruce up your holiday entree, as with this Dill Pickle-Brined Turkey.

When Turkey Day comes around and you start cooking your meal, Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line will be back for the 40th year to assist you with any problems. You can also call Jennie-O’s talk line at 800-TURKEYS or text “Turkey” to 73876.

Will you be making a traditional turkey or changing it up a bit this Thanksgiving?

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5 cheaper alternatives to a Thanksgiving turkey

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Turkey may be the default choice for Thanksgiving but it’s not the only choice.

Between the growing number of vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian eaters in the world, and those who simply enjoy the opportunity to mix things up now and then, there are plenty of alternatives for your holiday meal.

Here are five options that not offer a break from the tried-and-true turkey centerpiece but can also be more budget friendly than our fine feathered friend.


For those who still want to have meat for the big feast, shepherd’s pie is a meat and potatoes dish that can be made inexpensively, said Tangela Walker-Craft, creator of the lifestyle site Simply Necessary Inc.

Traditionally, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, said Walker-Craft. But there are variations.
“When beef is substituted for the lamb the dish is actually cottage pie,” she said. “However, many people in the United States refer to cottage pie as shepherd’s pie.”

The dish includes mixing onions and other vegetables with beef or lamb and then the entire thing with melt-in-your-mouth mashed potatoes. Shepherd’s Pie typically costs less than $20 to assemble, said Walker-Craft, and can make enough for 10 to 12 people.

Google pumpkin pot pie and you’ll find countless variations for this popular vegetarian dish. The main recipe ingredients however are pumpkin (of course) and a handful of vegetables of your choice: typically celery, carrots, peas and onions. (Check out these nine ways to save money on fruits and vegetables.)

With pumpkins available this time of year for as little as $5 and the remainder of these ingredients also just a few dollars each, pumpkin pot pie is another budget-friendly alternative.

Another meat option for those who want to skip the turkey, rosemary lemon chicken is not only delicious, it’s also easy to cook, said Walker-Craft.

“What makes this recipe even better is that most of the prep work can be done ahead of time,” she said.

The chicken can be prepared as much as 24 hours in advance and then baked just in time for dinner. It’s also a recipe that works for dark or white meat.

Like shepherd’s pie, Walker-Craft said this dish is easily less than $20 and can be made to serve as many as 10 to 12 people.

A favorite of pescatarians everywhere, countless salmon recipes can serve as an unforgettable main dish for your holiday gathering. With just one main ingredient and a few spices, this dish can also be a bargain depending on where you buy the salmon and what type you select.

A vegan option that’s ideal for the season, this simple but delicious recipe relies on a few very basic and inexpensive ingredients.

There is of course, the main ingredient: butternut squash, which, depending on the recipe you choose, is combined with onions, rice and vegetable broth. Add some coconut milk and spices, and you’ve got all the needed ingredients.

Some recipes toss a few Brussels sprouts on top for added color and flavor.

Making Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd? Don’t let it break your budget. Here are seven ways to keep your Thanksgiving feast under $100.

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Featured Image Credit: Reynolds Wrap.