Deep fried turkey. To think!
On request, here is that excerpt of Calvin Trillin's satirical take on Thanksgiving.
I am perceived as anti-turkey. I'm aware of that. If you launch a campaign to change the national Thanksgiving dish from turkey to spaghetti carbonara, you have to expect some fallout. In 1981, I suggested that on the first Thanksgiving the Indians, having had some experience with Pilgrim cuisine in the past, may have shown up with a dish of their own and that it may have been a dish their ancestors had picked up generations before from Christopher Columbus, of Genoa's spaghetti carbonara. When the Pilgrims rejected it as "heretically tasty" and "the sort of thing foreigners eat," the Indian chief made a comment about the Pilgrims that caused the misunderstanding we live with today: "What a bunch of turkeys!" I hope it's a sign of my open-mindedness on this issue that I've recently developed an interest in fried turkey. I'm talking now about an entire turkey being lowered into several gallons of hot peanut oil or lard. Cautiously.