Alternatives to Thanksgiving Turkey from the First Thanksgiving

In most American households, a roast turkey holds the pride of place on the Thanksgiving table. However, according to the History Channel, even though we do not have an exact description of what was on the menu for the first...

In most American households, a roast turkey holds the pride of place on the Thanksgiving table. However, according to the History Channel, even though we do not have an exact description of what was on the menu for the first Thanksgiving, turkey was not the only main dish that was served. The main courses likely included goose, swan, and duck, and perhaps some seafood, such as lobsters and bass.That fact suggests that there are some alternatives to Thanksgiving turkey. So if you’re tired of dealing with turkey one more year, maybe serving up another bird along with some seafood would be the way to go.

Roasted Goose
Roasted Goose

Great Britain does not have a Thanksgiving holiday, but it does have the tradition of a Christmas goose, as anyone who has read Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will remember. There is no reason that, as an experiment, an American family cannot enjoy a Thanksgiving goose instead of the usual turkey. A recipe courtesy of the Food Network suggests that preparing a cooking a goose is very similar to doing a turkey. The trick is to brine the goose overnight in sea-salt water and then stuff it with apples, potatoes, oranges, and celery instead of corn bread stuffing before roasting it in the oven in a roaster.

Sea Bass Fillet
Sea Bass Fillet

Sea bass can either by baked or pan-seared. If you’re using the oven to cook a bird, it is probably a good idea to cook the bass on the stove. The Food Network has a great recipe for fillets of Chilean sea bass dredged with flour, using a non-stick pan with a butter/olive oil combination and some capers.

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