Looking for a Thanksgiving alternative

Trish1974

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Every year it seems like I end up throwing away half of the Thanksgiving turkey no matter how small of a turkey I buy. I decided this year to do something different... maybe prepare individual game hens for everyone so there would be less waste. While looking online I found some wild game sites that sell exotic meats, so I thought, "if I'm going to try something different, why not be really different". So that got me thinking about trying quail, or pheasant, or even guinea. Can anyone explain to me how the different types of game birds taste, or what you like or don't like about them? Or any recommendations for an alternative to chicken and turkey? I will say the one time I tried duck, I didn't like it. I found it to be very greasy.

ETA: Most of my family likes dark meat. I think this is why most of the turkey goes to waste...more white meat than dark.
 
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AlleysChicks

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Not sure about the alternative but we waste a lot here too. I don’t even eat turkey. We usually buy 2 small breasts and that’s it. If we buy a big full turkey then the dog gets the leftovers (over half the bird)
 

Soon2BChixMom

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We've gotten the small cornish game hens from the grocery. Plus everyone gets their own. :) (* According to what I just read there is no game bird in Cornish game hens sold at the store.) :confused::th
I have made some yummy chicken for Christmas dinners, but usually we stick to turkey for Thanksgiving. Ours never goes to waste. I make quite a few meals out of leftovers and the broth. If I don't feel like messing with it, I can freeze it and use later.
Sounds like an interesting plan. I would love to know what you decide to do. :pop
 

Trish1974

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I do like alligator, squirrel, rabbit, but thought I'd stick with a bird since its Thanksgiving. Definitely need something I can stuff because my dressing is to die for! I just read pheasant is "an earthy, acquired taste"....that's kind of scary. So now I'm leaning towards quail. Are pheasant and quail similar in taste? Is quail the proverbial "taste like chicken"?
 

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