Bacon lattice turkey — seriously?

We’re doing Thanksgiving a day early this year because my daughter-in-law has to work Thursday. And she’s making it easy on herself by bringing in most of the food from a local restaurant. I don’t know how they’ll prepare the turkey, but chances are it will be roasted in a fairly traditional manner.

That’s fine with me. I’ll take my turkey any way I can get it. (I prefer the dark meat.) I’ve had it roasted, smoked, brined. And I’m sure I’d loved deep-fried too but am glad no one I know has tried to fix it. It looks dangerous.

However, there’s a new way of doing a turkey this year, and my first reaction was ugh! I know, I shouldn’t judge until I’ve tried it. It might be delicious. Then again …

So what do you think of the idea — bacon lattice turkey. They fixed it on “The Chew” this week, and I remain unimpressed. All that bacon had crisped up into a shell that they just lifted off, then chopped up to put in the gravy or something.

Anyway, if anyone out there fixes or has bacon lattice turkey, let me know how you liked it. A lot of foods are better with bacon, but I’m not convinced turkey is one of them.

Categories: Culture, holidays

15 replies

  1. I must admit I loved the turkey when I was in America, that is one thing you Yankees shine at Turkey and how to cook it. I do believe the best I had was in Hawai’i along with the baked ham, unforgettable.

    The funniest experience I ever had with turkey was in San Francisco on our first visit. I spotted this Irish Bar not far from Union Square and they had the equivalent to the Australian Counter lunches so we popped in.

    Came my turn and the ‘guy’ serving asked me what I’d like and I said “I’d like a turkey leg please”. and he asked me ” Left or Right?” I said “beg your pardon?’ He said ” do you want a left leg or a right leg” and I said , “Is there any difference?”

    He said ” Some people think so” I told him I didn’t mind which, any way he put a leg on a large plate and asked “Do you want gravy?” ‘Yes please” says me. So he poured a great dollop of gravy over the leg and handed me the plate.

    Nothing else on it just a great big turkey leg, swimming around in a pool of gravy, and that was it. No veggies no chips nothing, just a leg, in gravy..

    Turkey in Australia is a luxury and not worth a bumper, weigh in at 4 or 5 kilos if you’re lucky and a 4.6 kg free range turkey will set you back $A46.00, that’s $A10 a kg a kg = 2.2lbs, so a 10lb turkey costs $4.60 a pound.Believe it or not.

    Don’t believe me? Check this out!

    And I still don’t know if it was a left or right leg. it wasn’t very nice.:(

    • See. That’s what I mean about bacon being so popular. But I’ve learned I have my limits. I bought some glazed donuts once, thinking they had flecks of chocolate in the glaze. Turned out to be bacon. Ick. I picked out all the bacon before I ate them, but it had still affected the taste. Negatively, I thought.

  2. With that much bacon, you’ll never taste the turkey. If anyone out there is cooking it this way – well, I’ll be right over to get a taste…

    • Like you, I’m curious. Since I’ve no plans to fix it myself, I’d like opinions from people who’ve tried it. I can only think of my turkey dripping with bacon grease and overwhelmed by bacon flavor. I like turkey taste! If I didn’t, I’d have ham or pizza or something.

  3. Far too labor intensive for me. Maybe it would be good for those people who always overcook their turkeys, but … I think I’d feel like I was eating a turkey club sandwich. There will be some bacon involved in my Thanksgiving dinner, but only because it’ll be in the rice stuffing I’ll put in the Cornish game hen. That’s more than enough bacon.

    I can’t get behind desserts with bacon in them. Everything is NOT better with bacon. Doughnuts and cupcakes don’t need any help.

    • Turkey club sandwich. Funny! Yes, that’s how I feel about it. Again, in fairness, I’d have to try it, but it just doesn’t sound inviting. Your stuffing, on the other hand, sounds delicious. I never thought to stuff a Cornish game hen with anything but lemon, garlic, rosemary, etc. Can’t get much in there, after all …

  4. For those interested … I grew up thinking we ate turkey at Thanksgiving because the pilgrims did. Turns out the tradition is not nearly that old. And not surprisingly, most of our Thanksgiving traditions were established and driven by advertisers wanting to sell their products. See “How Advertising Shaped Thanksgiving as We Know It.” Nevertheless, I like to think we are in some way emulating the pilgrims.

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