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Old 10-27-2011, 11:08 AM   #21
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I hear ya, Andy. Whole turkeys are so cheap. Frozen ones anyway.
If they weren't already frozen it would pay to cut it up yourself and use what you want, but then there's that whole, Is it OK to thaw and refreeze poultry thing
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:18 AM   #22
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I'm tempted to buy a really small turkey in the next week or so and use it to make a couple of meals and stock for Thanksgiving.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:27 AM   #23
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I' m pretty much on track with Andy but, I usually throw in some Brussels sprouts, mashed turnips, and mincemeat pie.

This year it will only be two people at my table and I am trying to think of a new main dish instead of the traditional turkey. I usually cook one and freeze it but, I am losing my enthusiasm, any ideas! I am thinking stuffed pork chops but, still not convinced.
Spatchcocked (sp?) Cornish Game Hens. I like them with a cranberry relish.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:31 AM   #24
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Last year was the first time I made myself Thanksgiving dinner. I'll probably do the same thing this year, roast a leg and a breast and the usual, mashed taters, B sprouts or green beans, stuffing... Which reminds me, I better pick up the turkey parts early this year, as they can become non-existent around here come Thanksgiving. Must be a lot of folks cooking small meals and not whole birds.
Good idea Pac, I saw packages of 2 drums and a thigh last night. I should have picked one up. I'll go back tonight and get one. Then I just need to get a breast when they show up. Thanks for the nudge!
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:32 AM   #25
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Spatchcocked (sp?) Cornish Game Hens. I like them with a cranberry relish.
One cornish hen is just right for one person if you aren't looking for leftovers.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:49 PM   #26
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I'm not really sure yet. I know a turkey and dressing....maybe I'll get some ideas from here myself.....
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:56 PM   #27
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Looks like it will be just me this year. So I am thinking of buying Turkey Breast Cutlets and breading them with Stuffing Mix and pan frying in canola oil. Bake a Sweet Potato and undecided veggies.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:02 PM   #28
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Last year we had a home made carrot cake for dessert and the traditionnal turkey + cranberry sauce with sweet potatoes and green beans. But this year we might do a roadtrip for thanksgiving... so I don't think we're going to cook anything !

The crown roast seems great actually... I miss roasts :(
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:13 PM   #29
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I, too, am one who sticks to the meals I had as a child. That is to say a large turkey. I usually do 20 pounds, but I don't have any young people this year so may go with a smaller one. I stuff the turkey with a sage/bread stuffing, any leftover on the side. Mashed potatoes and gravy, canned cranberry sauce. I do a cucumber/mushroom/shrimp salad that I used to just serve on the side, but have learned to have hubby put it out as a first course as I finish carving and making gravy (normally I don't do courses, but this works well). I tell my guests in advance what I'm making, and to feel free to bring something that is traditional for them (for example, I got tired of having tons of leftover sweet potatoes, and am not fond of cornbread, but invite my guests to bring a dish if it appeals to them). I do assign someone to "do" pies.
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Last year was the first time I made myself Thanksgiving dinner. I'll probably do the same thing this year, roast a leg and a breast and the usual, mashed taters, B sprouts or green beans, stuffing... Which reminds me, I better pick up the turkey parts early this year, as they can become non-existent around here come Thanksgiving. Must be a lot of folks cooking small meals and not whole birds.
See if your hometown meat man will run a turkey through his band saw. It is usually a lot cheaper than buying parts.
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