Nice to 'meat' you
The average turkey cost is due to fall to $21.76 for a 16-pound bird, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, but who said anything about being average?
San Francisco artisan butchery 4505 Meats seems to have taken that idea of "too much of a good thing" and added an enticing question mark at the end, presenting its fifth annual Grand Turducken. Using the freshest, tastiest bits from local chicken, duck and turkey, it is 20 pounds of "juicy perfection" with enough meat for up to 30 people, resting on root vegetables and offered with a side of gravy. It needs to cook for 10 hours, at which point the tantalizing aromas will presumably make you forget all about the $380 you spent on the bird(s).
If you'd rather confuse your guests, there's the vegan whole turkey option from Healthy Eating. For $93.99, this dish is "shaped like a turkey," or for just $80.95, Hebert's Specialty Meats offers a boneless turkey stuffed with alligator dressing -- just how the Pilgrims would've wanted it.
And "Top Chef's" Rosenberg says to up the ante with squab, a young pigeon, as a main course.
"It's one of the most delicious birds you can eat," he said. "You can partially debone them and stuff them with a truffle and foie gras stuffing for a most decadent holiday treat."
"They have amazing flavor and texture, yet most people are not very familiar with them," Rosenberg says.