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Old 10-10-2015, 12:03 PM   #11
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I agree, I would also buy a small breast.
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:17 PM   #12
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Because you bought all dark meat, I assume that's what your guests prefer. I think a leg (drumstick and thigh) has a higher percentage of bone than the breast so I'd buy some extra to be sure you have enough.
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:49 PM   #13
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Another thought...I know people who simply will not eat dark meat turkey. I personally think they're nuts, but unless you're sure all your guests prefer dark meat, you should have some breast available.
For another time, when all is said and done, a whole turkey is a better bet. I know my guests would gladly take home leftovers if I didn't want them.
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:55 PM   #14
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Another thought...I know people who simply will not eat dark meat turkey. I personally think they're nuts, but unless you're sure all your guests prefer dark meat, you should have some breast available.
For another time, when all is said and done, a whole turkey is a better bet. I know my guests would gladly take home leftovers if I didn't want them.
I agree, next time go with a whole bird!!!

I would also work on the notion of leftovers.

Turkey can be used for cold sandwiches, turkey salad, hot turkey sandwiches, Thanksgiving casserole and on and on and on until all you have left is the carcass for the soup pot!

Have a great holiday!
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:00 PM   #15
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OMG !!!!!! My husand just called me from my son's hockey game to tell me he just talked to his brother and he is going to come with his 2 daughters for dinner tommorow ..... I guess I am going to have to go back to the store to buy the smallest WHOLE TURKEY they have !!!!!!! Talk about being disorgnized (ME and my bright idea to down size Thanksgiving.....lol ) , Oh well The turkey legs won't go to waste and I can always buy a coup;e breast instead of a whole Turkey . I am very happy though that I will see my brother in law and my nièces . Thank you all my cooking friends for the advice .
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:00 PM   #16
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Cookie...make sure you don't buy a frozen bird. It will never defrost in time for Thanksgiving tomorrow!
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:09 PM   #17
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Cookie...make sure you don't buy a frozen bird. It will never defrost in time for Thanksgiving tomorrow!

Excellent point, Kay!

My 20+ pounder has been thawing in the fridge for 6 days, and was still frozen in the middle when I took it out today. I did read something recently about cooking turkey from frozen. Apparently it's possible, just not the way I'd do it.
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Old 10-10-2015, 02:39 PM   #18
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I always make an after-Thanksgiving quiche with turkey, Havarti and roasted red peppers.
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I always make an after-Thanksgiving quiche with turkey, Havarti and roasted red peppers.
That sounds great...maybe some asparagus if you can re-mortgage the house or have a kid for sale.
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I always make an after-Thanksgiving quiche with turkey, Havarti and roasted red peppers.
And? You can't tell us you used up all the leftover turkey in one quiche! Sandwiches don't count.
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