questionsfried, smoked, or roasted turkey?

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There is a Cajun place here locally that does fried turkeys for the office celebration, and they are the best.

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Fried. After a night soaking in brine.

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If you want something new you could try a turducken.

http://www.ehow.com/how_2075299_buy-turducken.html

http://www.cajungrocer.com/fresh-foods-holiday-dishes-turducken-c-1_15_24.html?gclid=CJWjj_nPv7MCFZGPPAodkn4Aag

http://www.cajunspecialtymeats.com/browse.cfm/turducken/2,52.html

I've never had a fried turkey, but I would imagine it's great. I love smoked meat and I hear Costco has smoked turkeys this year so that's probably what I will go with. In previous years I have gotten smoked turkeys from Honeybaked Ham Company and they are fantastic. But also very expensive.

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Turducken from Hebert's (A-Bears) in Tulsa. They are delicious! http://www.hebertsmeats.com/

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I agree with @rhmurphy. Brined and fried, maybe with some Cajun butter injection thrown in, is the way to go.

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Any of the three as I like to change it up when I can. One year I went crazy when we had a large gathering at my house for Thanksgiving and did 3 small Turkeys...one each way.

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All kinds. It's turkey, it's awesome.
Even better wrapped in bacon!

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I'd say tofurkey but I tried one a couple years ago that was just awful. Anyone try any good vegetarian thanksgiving turkey alternatives?

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@thedogma: I'm not vegetarian, but my opinion is that vegetarian foods should stop trying to be meat. I went to find a veggie "burger" style patty and the only one I like is Amy's. It doesn't try to be meat, it tries to fit the bun but is a delicious combo of veggies. There's nothing wrong with a meat-eater wanting to find some delicious vegetables to eat, and it's hard - because most prepackaged foods are trying to be meat.

If I had to make some kind of vegetarian entree for Thanksgiving, though, I'd probably be enjoying some stuffing made with veggie broth, chickpeas, and quinoa. Something very hearty and full of flavor - something you can't expect out of meat substitute sponge.

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Well, this is a handy and timely discussion. I also started a thread on T-day side dishes if you want to check it out (and hopefully add some stuff) so we can keep on the main dish track here! :)

This thread is making me hungry and it is 7:45am. That isn't right (but so delicious to think about).

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Just make sure you brine that sucker!

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@omnichad: That's actually a fantastic suggest, I think I will make that.

I find veggie meat stuff to be pretty hit or miss. Boca and Morningstar Farms make good alternatives pretty consistently. Other companies like Smartsomethingorother often aren't that great, in my opinion.

I can definitely see where you're coming from though. Amy's is always really tasty, but I'll have to disagree with companies should stop making veggie meats. I don't eat meat because the texture generally wierds me out, and I'm paranoid with sanitation/ age of the meat. It's really just not my thing. But veggie alternatives I really enjoy and it makes it a lot easier to get good protein compared to other alternatives.

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@thedogma: And it's odd that this comes up now, as I just bought a pack of Amy's veggie patties a week ago after not seeing them in any stores around me for a decent price. Haven't bought them for years.

Of course when I was talking about the stuffing, I was talking about including all the other standard ingredients as well - just lazy typing. I love food, so I try not to let vegetarian food scare me as it's something we omnivores should love too.

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@omnichad: I've actually noticed that myself. I'm a big fan of Morningstar Farm's veggie bacon. Usual price in my grocery store is 3.99 (sometimes as low as 3.79) but last time I was there it was 4.69

I think the world is trying to subtly discourage my vegetarianism

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We always do roasted, but that's only because I am relatively certain we would set ourselves, the house, and possibly the neighbors down the street on fire if we tried to fry a turkey.

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@thedogma: I think that marketers assume that poor people can't afford to be vegetarian anyway, so they can keep raising prices and still get their money.

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I like all three, but I like smoked the best, fried second, and roasted third.

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All are good. I like smoked and fried about equally but smoked is much less of a pain to do.

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I've only ever done roasted, though last year I received a fryer for Christmas and I've used it to make fried chicken and used the propane stand to steam crabs but haven't done a turkey - yet. Haven't discussed how we're going to do Thanksgiving's turkey yet but I would like to try to fry one at some point.

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Yes, please.

For Thanksgiving we used to host every year. We did 2 of each, had 4 hams, a brisket and tons of veggies and desserts.
Now, we go to Palo Duro for hiking away from family. Having a hundred+ family members in your house for 5 years in a row really makes you rethink the "family" holiday thing. Of course it helps that our kids are grown and spend this time with other family members now.

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I got ambitious a couple years ago and did turkey 4-ways: 1 small turkey oven roasted, 1 small turkey fried, half BBQ, and half confit.

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@dogbountyhunter1: Dog the Bounty Hunter, one of my favorite shows. Dog kicks butt in a kind way.

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Brined in Fruit juice (Apple, Orange, +spices)
Slow Smoked with applewood chips
OMG
to die.

@thedogma: I thought Portabellas were the officially sanctioned meat-like vegetable.
I do know that a mixed mushroom and bean chili is super awesome.

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@j5: generally yes. I cant stand mushrooms though

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@j5: Recipe or link to a particular mushroom/bean chili, pretty please?

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@j5: Do you have a mixed mushroom and bean chili recipe? That sounds incredible!

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@coreyking: @jjkehoe: I'll have to hunt it up when I get home. Not sure which book it came out of.

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Is "yes" a valid answer? If so, yes.

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I prefer smoked, but usually roast b/c it is quick and easy. However, T-day only comes once a year so I'll make the effort.

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Smoked is my preference, but I'm good with the others as well.

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@kmeltzer: Amen. I just wish I had an excuse to make all three on turkey day. Yum!

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@kmeltzer: Good answer, all of the above!