If you are a turkey lover I have great news for you! June is national Turkey Lovers month. Turkey is low in fat and high in protein. It is an inexpensive source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins.
Here are a few gourmet ideas to spruce up your summer turkey:
• BLT Turkey Sliders—Top mini turkey burgers with the classic combo of bacon, lettuce and tomato. Add an avocado for extra excitement.
• The Parisian Brie Burger—Place Brie-yogurt spread on top bun. On the bottom, add turkey burger, caramelized onions, chopped turkey bacon and roasted garlic yogurt spread.
• Apple Butter Onion BBQ Turkey Burger—Spread horseradish on bun and layer turkey burger with lettuce, tomatoes, Cheddar, red onion and apple-butter-onion BBQ sauce.
Turkey Fun Facts
At one time, the turkey and the bald eagle were each considered as the national symbol of America. Benjamin Franklin was one of those who argued passionately on behalf of the turkey. Franklin felt the turkey, although “vain and silly”, was a better choice than the bald eagle, whom he felt was “a coward”.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving—that’s one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. American per capita consumption of turkeys has soared from 8.3 pounds in 1975 to 18.5 pounds in 1997. Ten years later, the number dropped in 2007 to 13.8 pounds.
Turkeys are the only breed of poultry native to the Western Hemisphere.
Turkeys have great hearing, but no external ears. They can also see in color, and have excellent visual acuity and a wide field of vision (about 270 degrees), which makes sneaking up on them difficult. However, turkeys have a poor sense of smell (what’s cooking?), but an excellent sense of taste.
Domesticated turkeys cannot fly. Wild turkeys, however, can fly for short distances at speeds up to 55 miles per hour. They can also reach speeds of 25 miles per hour on the ground.
Turkeys sometimes spend the night in trees.
Turkeys can have heart attacks: turkeys in fields near the Air Force test areas over which the sound barrier was broken were known to drop dead from the shock of passing jets.
The ballroom dance known as the Turkey Trot was named for the short, jerky steps a turkey makes.