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Pre-cooked Turkeys

gaylenwaydelich | Dec 1, 2007 10:26 PM

I'm sure there are OLD threads on this, but I'm sick of reading post that start out from 2003. Time for fresh blood. No pun intended - see below.

Over the years, my family has supplemented our holiday buffets with pre-cooked turkeys from Vons, Albertson's, Bristol Farms RHE, and Ralphs. This Thanksgiving while in NYC, my daughter decided she wanted her 'Mommy' to cook instead of heading to see friends on Long Island. I purchased a pre-cooked organic turkey from Whole Foods across the street from her apartment on Union Square. After reheating it for one hour in a Reynolds cooking bag. (I sauteed aromatics, added a stick of butter and 3 cups of stock with the turkey breast side down - to soak up the extra goodness.) When I started to carve the turkey, it was still running blood and tough as shoe leather. Not only did this turkey ruin my Thanksgiving, it was expensive!!!

I am hosting Christmas Eve buffet for approximately 45 friends and family members here in LA. I need suggestions for the best pre-cooked turkey in LA to make up for my dismal bird from "Whole Paychex", in NYC. I would love to find a Cajun fried turkey similar to those sold at Popeye's in Harlem. Yeah, I know turkey is easy to make, but I would rather concentrate my efforts on traditional Italian and Filipino dishes.

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