In defense of turkey
👋 Hey there, Joe here.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I've had enough of the turkey slander.
- I've heard it all — too dry, too bland, too big and awkward to handle.
Look, we're all entitled to our opinions, so here's mine: No Thanksgiving is complete without turkey.
- Here's why:
It's versatile: Much of the criticism revolves around the alleged lack of flavor and tenderness. I'm sorry if you've never enjoyed a properly cooked and thoroughly seasoned bird, but it's entirely possible with practice and sound technique.
- Turkey takes well to all kinds of flavor profiles — citrus, herbaceous or spicy all work.
- Too dry? Let it rest. Even 45 minutes isn't too long. Make sure to load up on dark meat, too.
It's fun: I love to cook, and turkey is a blank canvas to try different methods.
- We've been deep-frying turkey the last few years, and taking a break from the crowded kitchen, grabbing a few beers and heading outside for the frying is a blast.
The leftovers: My Thanksgiving isn't over until the next day's sandwich of turkey, mayo, stuffing and loads of black pepper.
The bottom line: Even if you disagree and your holiday plate is turkey-free, I'm wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful and harmonious holiday!
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