Turkey

First up, a little myth busting. It's widely said that Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey as the national bird. However, he was merely trying to make the point that the eagle on the original seal looked like a turkey, rather than an eagle—which he found to be of a lower moral character. That doesn't diminish the bird's perch of importance in American cuisine though, especially in holiday celebrations. Though European forebears had certainly included turkey as part of yuletide meals, colonists found it prudent to slaughter birds for these big feasts, because they'd mostly been fattening themselves on insects and worms on the farms since their birth in spring, and would have to otherwise be fed beginning in the colder months. That's some good old American common sense.

Learn how to spatchcock a turkey.

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