Thanksgiving Cooking, Not Gonna Do It


#21

If you buy a kosher turkey, it’s already brined, so all you have to do is stick it in the oven and roast it. I got a fresh kosher bird some years ago and it was one of the best non-heritage birds I’ve had.

We got a smoked turkey one year, it was great.

https://www.williebird.com/shop/smoked-turkey/


#22

Thanks Robert, did you heat the bird up or is it ready to serve as is?


#23

Tavern (cooked that morning, you pick it up by noon)
Gelsons
Erewhon
Daily Grill


#24

I just saw that Wexler’s Deli is offering a Thanksgiving meal for delivery or pick-up in Santa Monica.

https://wexlersdeli.com/thanksgiving/


#25

You could serve smoked turkey cold if you wanted to. I warmed it up.


#26

@HolySchnikes I had it at a Friendsgiving a while back. My friend ordered it from http://www.lacrawfish.com/

You have to heat it up so u fortunately there’s some “cooking” involved.


#27

Honestly, Gelson’s turkeys are pretty darn good for a reasonable price, and the ordering and pick-up is super easy. My brother and I used it as our go-to when we had toddlers + alternating host duties. Never failed us. They have smoked and deep-fried turkeys, in addition to regular roasts.


#28

I’ve ordered the turkey from Sam Woo before and was not impressed. Maybe another restaurant will deliver a juicier and more flavorful bird, but I thought it was just meh.

It’s very cheap though, $40 or so for a ~10 lb bird. With sticky rice dressing (not stuffed in cavity).


#29

Awesome. I thought you were being funny, making a reference to the “Chinese Turkey” in the movie A Christmas Story.


#30

I must try “tandoori turkey”.


#31

I don’t want to put a damper on the smoked turkey suggestion - it seems to be the front runner. But here… My cousin gets a smoked and a roasted turkey every year. I try the smoked every time and every time I’m glad she also gets a roasted one. Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s the brand, but it always tastes too smokey and lighter fluid-y. Others seem to enjoy it, though. Then again I cannot imagine not having turkey sandwiches about 10 different ways over the following days and I don’t want ‘em all smoked (one maybe). Also, what about gravy? I’ve been tempted to get a deep fried turkey, but I’d still have to roast a chicken and buy innards to make gravy - I love me some gravy. I say go with the Gelsons, Bristol Farms, Whole Foods suggestions. But that’s just me. Have I mentioned how much I love Thanksgiving? :blush:

P.S. Congrats on your your impending bundle of joy!


#33

Gjusta catering does roasted turkey


#47

Love me some Wexler’s, thanks for this.


#48

Tbh I am more excited about leftovers.

Save leftover turkey bones/meat and make rice porridge or turkey-cranberry-mashed potato-gravy-stuffing sandwiches!!


#50

For me, turkey is kinda like meatloaf - it’s the sandwiches.


#51

Yessss, good call, didn’t even think about Gjusta. I better their turkey is killer. I see on their catering menu it’s deboned, I’ll give them ring and see if they’re doing a whole uncut turkey for the holiday, though I’m sure the deboned version is delicious and easier to transport.


#54

Thanks TheCookie! You bring up a good point. I like the idea of a smoked turkey but in reality, I may be disappointed at the lack of a traditional roast turkey. In my 40+ Thanksgivings I don’t think I’ve ever had anything other than a roast turkey and the nostalgia factor is high for this holiday. I live in Woodland Hills and I have a Gelson’s, BF, and WF all within 5 minutes of me so all options are open. I do know one thing, I am getting a pie from Doan’s Bakery. Accidentally found them earlier this year, bought and devoured an apple pie and I’ve been fantasizing about that pie ever since. I love me some Urth Caffe pumpkin pie but I’m going to give Doan’s a try this year.


#55

I love the idea of getting a Tavern turkey, but I just can’t get with the price point, $148. I’m sure it’s delicious. I’ll check out Erewhon and Gelson’s, a few votes for Gelson’s so far.


#56

I’ve had some pretty bad smoked turkey in the last 2 years. But that Oklahoma Joe’s smoked turkey was special.


#57

That must have been quite some argument. I checked in and it was getting really funny, come back and it’s scrubbed. See? If we had this kind of action back in the day when you-know-who was menacing some of us we probably could have lived with the guy.