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Nov 6, 2009 06:05 AM

Rock Cornish Turkeys

Am I the only one who wishes they were available? My kids are coming on two separate weekends this year for "Thanksgiving," and the smallest turkeys I could find are between eleven and twelve pounds. I would LOVE to find a five pound turkey! Am I the only one? Hey, Butterball, are you listening?

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  1. The visual of "tiny turkeys" running around the farm, ...provided no food science of the mad scientist variety was required.

    Rock cornish hens will do (for now). I make them often.

    1. I think they're called chickens.

        1. re: alkapal

          Hey, those are all MATURE voices! But cure. '-)

          1. re: Caroline1

            ok, well....maybe you can go hunt your own, using this handy dandy guide:

        2. I prefer a capon to a small turkey - better meat-to-bone ratio. I have made Perdue roasters that are over 6# but they don't have much flavor compared to capons from the local poultry farm. Or, just buy a turkey breast or breast and thigh.

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          1. re: greygarious

            Good reminder! While I'm wishing, I wish the Rock Cornish turkey would have six legs and a VERY small breast!

            1. re: Caroline1

              I've sewed extra legs onto chickens before. It can be done. And it's really really hilarious. Dental floss and a deft hand with the suturing is all you need.

              1. re: Nyleve

                Ah, but have you ever done a breast implant? Imported prosciutto or pancetta does a nice job!

          2. Turkey breast is the answer. I roast these often for meat for sandwiches. For a thanksgiving meal, slather them with butter, shower with S&P and roast them on top of stuffing, You should get enough pan drippings to make some gravy if the roasting pan is just a bit larger than the breast.

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            1. re: janniecooks

              #1 Problem for me: I HATE white meat! Sorry. <sigh>

              1. re: Caroline1

                The groceries around me carry just a turkey thigh or leg in cryo-vac packaging, especially around this time of year (hard to find in the summer). Maybe check with your meat department manager.