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Nov 11, 2002 09:51 PM

Wow Your Guests at Thanksgiving

  • b

Shh! I can hardly believe that Philadelphia's Best Value Glatt Kosher Market (8564 Bustleton AVe) is the only place a person can buy a fresh Empire pre-cooked barbecued turkey, or a (now, only frozen) Empire pre-cooked barbecued chicken.

These fabulous birds will not be found in the Kosher section of your supermarket--I believe they are only carried in small Kosher markets. They are certainly worth asking about. Expensive, but so good. Very rich, and a little goes a long way.

If you hide the wrapping, and don't tell, your guests for Thanksgiving will think you are one heck of a cook.

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  1. They're pretty universally available in most supermarkets in any area with a Jewish population. I get them in my local Stop & Shop.
    Chickens are available not frozen as well.

    Tasty gravy makes this a family favorite, but I don't think anyone will think that highly of cook's skill. The birds themselves are steamed or boiled, and then packed in sauce.

    1. b
      Bride of the Juggler

      Don't mean to burst your bubble, but Empire bbq chickens are what they always serve at kosher dining halls in college and Jewish high school dinners. So to me having lived through that, it really doesn't imply gourmet. I will agree that the meat is amazingly tender. But I find the sauce too sweet.

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      1. re: Bride of the Juggler

        See what I missed, growing up secular, and eating secular chickens? I appreciate your sociological comment about the dorm-food popularity of Empire barbecued birds. To me it was a treat. I can't get poultry to be that tender, and I wish I could.

        1. re: BAshful3

          Sure you can. Just steam it for as long as you dare.