Rethinking bird day
- ZenSojourner Oct 26, 2010 08:20 PM
I don't know why, because I don't do bird day, and haven't for 26 years this coming November, but for some odd reason I clicked on the "THANKSGIVING" link at the top of the page these days.
There's a slide show going on and something flashed past that looked like a mutant lobster or maybe a giant pill bug in a roasting pan. Just caught it out of the corner of my eye and then it was gone. So of course I had to go through the slideshow to track it down.
OMG! I may have to totally rethink my take on bird day! They should have titled it "How to overcome Turkey's Low Fat, Healthful Reputation"
I won't be doing a bird this year despite the temptation that picture presents. But if someone else were to make it, I wouldn't turn my nose up at trying a few bites . . .
For years, I fixed seafood on Thanksgiving, just to be contrary. Plus it was a good excuse to spend the money on lobster or big scallops, since it was a holiday.
If I wanted turkey, I just roasted a breast anytime during the year.
But then one year when the kids were little, I made a turkey and stuffing... and found out that I love turkey broth made from the roasted carcass, the pan drippings, and all the overdone bits of wings and legs that stuck out. I make chicken broth regularly, and finally noticed that turkey broth has such a rich flavor in comparison. So I make a turkey every year mostly for the soup afterward.
And you're right - that picture of the pill bug looks like it would be amazing. Bacon on turkey? Somebody's a genius.
mamachef, the wild rice sounds great in the turkey soup. I am definitely going to try that. I usually ladle the soup over cooked rotelle or fusilli - they stay nice and firm and don't get mushy like noodles.
My mother's turkey soup has tomato puree, broccolli, cauliflower, mushrooms and white rice, it's a whole different taste and very good.
Uff Da, ok. Yup, take off the legs n wings, and it looks like the bug you mentioned that I can't bring myself to say. Now I suppose someone will get on me for not being willing to even TRY eating them. Turkey barded w/ bacon seems like a fabulous idea and I'm prolly going to steal it this year, since Oh Happy Day I haven't handed the torch to Lauren yet, and Mike and Danny show zero interest.
Thanksgiving dinner used to be a source of so much conflict (who's hosting? what are they making? who's coming? is it the same menu as last year? Will Uncle Pete get loaded and cry at the dinner table again?) that one year my parents got completely sick of it, so they made fantastic turkey sandwiches, loaded us into the car, and took us to a drive-in movie. The only problem was, no leftovers, but then Mom went ahead and made a classic dinner about a week later, so it was all good....she could actually knock out a pretty good Txgiving meal despite her other culinary shortcomings. Except for the gravy. She never got the knack of gravy or truly understood that it's NOT better if it's lumpy - but the rest was pretty good.
I love Turkey, My ex-wife and her family hated Turkey. So on Thanksgiving, I used to RFoast a turkey with all the trimmings for my side of the family and serve a lasagne for her side opf the family. Same salad, dinner rolls, red wine and fresh fruit for dessert.................