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I like the turkey well enough, though gravy is an important part of it. The potatoes and stuffing are less important, but gravy is necessary there as well. Perhaps good turkey gravy is the point. It is certainly much of the draw in the excellent Blake's Turkey Farm pies out of Concord, NH.
But as Garrison Keillor said, "pumpkin pie is just a vehicle for nutmeg."
Assistant Village Idiot
The Turkey is basically for sandwiches on Friday, Saturday...
I like the turkey just fine. The trick is to eat the dark meat.
Of course it's also wonderful in turkey soup, turkey tetrazzini, and turkey sandwiches.
Which reminds me of something I saw on FB yesterday: a picture of long lines to wait for some kind of special organic turkey that's fashionable in Falls Church, Va., these days. The posting friend said something about being in time to get a turkey. Someone responded: "If you are Russian jet, Turkey get you.
Assistant Village Idiot
Roast turkey is usually dry and lacking in flavor. You need to brine the bird. I have a 5 gallon white plastic bucket with a lid ((Home Depot Paint Dept). For a 15-18 lb. turkey (if you get a really big one you may need to increase the recipe)
2 gallons water + 2 cups kosher salt + 1/2 cup brown sugar + 1 1/2 quarts buttermilk. Mix all together, put the bird in head first and soak for 10 hours. Dry with paper towels and stuff. roast as normal.
This makes the meat moist and tender, more closely grained, and more flavourful. Too late for this year, but I'm on the west coast and just putting mine in the brine.
The Elephant's Child
I use a garbage bag.
Doubt it makes any difference, but it' s a ritual.
Cooked a boneless turkey (white and dark meat)and a bacon wrapped pork shoulder wrapped in bacon with smashed sweet potatoes and a green bean casserole to share with a friend and his dad who would not have had a Thanksgiving meal but for me. I am grateful I could.