I have been threatening for the last few years not to make turkey for Thanksgiving. Michael hates turkey. He thinks it’s always dry no matter how many techniques you employ to improve the bird. He complains about it, and it’s the only food he refuses to eat as leftovers. The kids could take it or leave it, and I love the stuffing and gravy more than the bird.
Last Thanksgiving, I didn’t cook turkey because we traveled to Disneyland with my parents. We did have turkey at the princess luncheon on Thanksgiving Day. Michael stayed home, and I think at salmon he made for himself.
This year it will just be the five of us. No family or friends coming to visit, and I think I really may NOT make a turkey
So far I have not bought a turkey. I am thinking of either roasting a chicken with extra legs (they all love chicken legs) or maybe grilling salmon. (The Pilgrims did have fish at the first Thanksgiving.)
The advantage to the chicken is you could still do a nice stuffing and gravy. But I think the salmon seems a little more special.
Michael loves duck but it’s more complicated than turkey to make. (Sometimes I do it for Christmas dinner but it takes a long time.)
I have been told that my uncle and aunt often had lobster for Thanksgiving. So it makes me feel a little bit better about eschewing the tradition.
So what do you think: Do you always have turkey at Thanksgiving? Would it be heretical not to make it? If you didn’t make it, what would you replace it with?