Ok, a nitpick first, so bear with me...
It's only two days until Thanksgiving, and less than a month until Christmas
...well, assuming we all live in the States it is...some of us celebrated last month, and some, not at all.
At any rate, in my (Catholic, Italian) family, one of my sisters had a particular beef with turkey - pardon the pun. Personally, I think it had a lot to do with the fact that my father was a chef, and turkey is rather bland when you're used to eating full course Italian meals... :-)
So, our substitute, which has been passed on to many a friend, was simple:
Beef Prime rib, as good as your wallet will allow you to get.
Now, like a true meat lover will tell you, rare is best...but I guess you can ruin it if you want to. :-)
The key though, is to add the serving sauce. Keep the gravy in the trailer parks, because Bernaise Sauce is actually where it's at.
Aside from this, you can serve anything your heart desires that you think will go. Although keep in mind that pasta salads are not Italian, and serving cold pasta is a bit of an insult in traditional Italy - if you're trying to be authentic. If you've done the main dish properly, you and your guests will never have another turkey again.
It's slightly Japanese, but without all of that fanatical devotion to the workplace. - CheeseburgerBrown