5 Mexican Ways to Eat Turkey for Thanksgiving
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which is my most-hated of all holidays. Forget the whole Indian slaughter thing--Thanksgiving messes with our production schedule. Turkey as served by gabachos is vile. Thanksgiving is a manufactured holiday that forces families together usually torn apart by the machinations of capitalism.
But does anyone listen to me? HELL NO. Hell, my own Mexican mom has zealously celebrated El Dia de Acción de Gracias even though it's not a Mexican tradition, going so far as to make a full turkey, cranberry dressing, stuffing, and all that jazz. She has always ignored my pleas to do something, anything not involving an American-style turkey. Maybe I should show her this list, because turkey is not only indigenous to Mexico, but we have regional recipes far better than what Butterball has convinced us is the only way to eat guajolote. And, no: turkey tacos or enchiladas, or turkey rubbed with chipotle or using turkey as a substitute for chicken doesn't count. We're talking about dishes with some heritage, cabrones.
5. Turkey Mole
Mole poblano de guajolote
This one is obvious, and it's also historic. Mexico's ancients were eating mole long before cows, pigs, and chickens invaded the Valley of the Sun, so they were likely slathering sauces on turkeys when the Visigoths were still ruling Spain. Here, the infamously dry meat becomes sprightly due to the all-encompassing mole.
4. Turkey Tamales
And if the ancients weren't eating their turkey in mole, then they were stuffing them in masa, steaming the results, and creating tamales. Turkey tamales usually come with a green sauce ala their pollo hermano, the better to let it all soak in.
3. Caldo de Pavo
This is caldo de queso, not caldo de pollo, but you get the drift...
Turkey soup--'nuff said.