Thread: Your First No-Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner

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    How many of you have had something instead of turkey for your Thanksgiving dinner??? When did you have your first "no-turkey" Thanksgiving dinner and how old were you?
    The first Thanksgiving Day in which I didn't eat turkey was in 1978 when I was 14 (in 8th grade), when my parents and I went out to a restaurant for our Thanksgiving dinner. I never really had a taste for turkey or even chicken when I was a teenager, so instead of ordering turkey, I ordered a scallops platter, since my dad got me "hooked" on them that summer when we were at the shore! My parents of coarse, ordered turkey and the fixins. The reason we chose to have our Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant was because we were still in mourning over the tragic loss of my brother a little over a year earlier, figuring it would still be too difficult to have it at home. Anyway, that's besides the point.
    I've had many "turkeyless" Thanksgiving dinners ever since, including last year when I went to a Chinese buffet restaurant for Thanksgiving, which I may do again this year unless I'm invited by one of my friends to join them.
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        I have always had turkey for Thanksgiving.
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          My goodness man... who would do such a thing?
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            Never had a no-turk thxgiving, then again, someone else has always had the chore of spending all day cooking the fat bird. If I was doing the cooking, I wouldn't have turkey. While turkey is good, it's nowhere near worth the all-day cooking time and ammount of effort that goes into it. I can get a pack of boneless chicken breasts, boil them for half an hour, make some gravy from the broth, and be done with it. Very similar flavor & eating experience, with less than 1/10th the time or effort. I'm sure that someone here will argue "but what about the stuffing?!", but I find the stuffing repulsive anyway.
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              "The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE!"

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                I think i've had ham in place of turkey but that may be xmas i'm remembering too... either way I too have never had a love of turkey I'd actually prefer ham over it for a holiday dinner and btw chinese food is delicious anytime!!
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                  If getting Chinese on Thanksgiving try General Tso's Turkey
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                    Quote by stake
                    If getting Chinese on Thanksgiving try General Tso's Turkey



                    Well said my friend.

                    Spent one Thanksgiving at my girlfriends house back in my college days. Her parents served stuffed Cornish game hens instead of turkey. Excellent meal.
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                      Quote by eddstarr88
                      Quote by stake
                      If getting Chinese on Thanksgiving try General Tso's Turkey



                      Well said my friend.

                      Spent one Thanksgiving at my girlfriends house back in my college days. Her parents served stuffed Cornish game hens instead of turkey. Excellent meal.

                      I've cooked Cornish game hens on at least a couple of past Thanksgivings. I've never stuffed the birds...always cooked the stuffing separately.
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                        Drahken hates stuffing. I'm not too fond of regular stuffing myself. But to fill the bird with vegetables--carrots, onions, potatoes--now that is delicious!
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                            A thanks giving dinner without turkey is an abomination.
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                              I think i've had ham in place of turkey but that may be xmas i'm remembering too... either way I too have never had a love of turkey I'd actually prefer ham over it for a holiday dinner and btw chinese food is delicious anytime!!

                              I've always been a big seafood person and no matter what the holiday is, I would go for a nice big seafood feast over the "traditional" holiday fare in a heartbeat. As I've mentioned when I started this thread, scallops was my food of choice when my parents and I went out for Thanksgiving dinner back in 1978 when I was 14. Therefore, I don't always refer to Thanksgiving Day as "Turkey Day" like most people do!
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                                Quote by bklynbren
                                A thanks giving dinner without turkey is an abomination.


                                Oops, I meant "Thanksgiving" not "thanks giving". Lol, that was an abomination too.
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                                  Anybody eat spaghetti on Thanksgiving? My girlfriend just heard about it from a coworker yesterday and she thinks its weird. I have heard of it many times before. Never done it myself but I don't think it's that strange.
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                                    I've also had ham as an option on Thanksgiving, but we've always had turkey. It was one of the few things that my Grandma could eat because it was lean. She loved her turkey sandwiches!
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                                      I know of coarse that turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, etc. is the traditional Thanksgiving Day fare, but I'm just as happy...if not happier with an all-seafood feast, or going to an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant where you have a choice of a large variety of items if you wish to eat something other than turkey.
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                                        I begged my parents when I was like 14 to do this. It was because my friend made fun of me for having turkey at Thanksgiving and not ham.
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                                          Spaghetti for thanksgiving is very weird. It's like having hamburgers or pizza for thanksgiving.
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