Holidays are amazing. I love them. Everyone becomes a little nicer and the days off work, if you're lucky enough to get, are something to look forward to through the dull, gray world that is winter in the Midwest.
My boyfriend and I don't live far from our families but we always choose to stay home for Thanksgiving because it's a nice a quiet day that we can enjoy together. We prep the food, cook it, watch football, and in the evening put the Christmas tree up. It's a really nice tradition we've started.
This year I wanted to source the meat locally so I checked with some local places to see what they had to offer. In the past I've made hens, a chicken, and a turkey breast. The only thing I could find from a local farm that pasture-raised their poultry were whole chickens and turkeys. A chicken would have been perfectly fine but we reeeeeally wanted turkey this year. So that's what we went with!
It was 15-pound turkey which is an outrageous amount of food for two people. But after we ate, we sectioned it out into freezer bags and froze what we wouldn't eat as leftovers for the week. We both hate wastefulness so it will not be wasted. I already made a broth from the bones and used some of the frozen meat for a delicious soup that was completely devoured.
Anyway, accompanying the turkey was Brussels sprouts cooked with bacon and baked sweet potatoes. It was so delicious and we didn't feel disgusting after eating, like a normal family holiday leaves us.
Local pasture-raised turkey, 15 pounds: $26
Two bags frozen Brussels sprouts, thawed, chopped in half: $2/bag ($4 total)
Bacon to cook with sprouts: free from a visit from my mom :)
Four sweet potatoes, baked and served with butter and brown sugar that was on hand: $3.50 for all four
I rubbed butter all over the turkey then seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, sage and thyme. I roasted first for about 45 minutes at 450°F to crisp the skin then lowered the temperature to 325°C for the remainder of the time (I used a chart online to determine cooking time and used a thermometer to check the internal temperature). The only picture I got was an after shot of the turkey out of the oven and the angle and lighting makes it actually look terrifying so no pictures today.
The price for the dinner comes to $33.50 but we cook for leftovers and we had some all week. So for two people for about 5 days it equals about $3.35 per person per day. I was able to source clean and locally raised meat, support a local farmer, and eat a delicious and healthy meal for that price! I'm more than happy with that outcome.