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What Should Replace Roast Turkey as the National Thanksgiving Dish?

In 1981 Calvin Trillin wrote a hilarious piece for the New Yorker openly campaigning for spaghetti carbonara to replace roast turkey as our national Thanksgiving dish. In 1995 he wrote a follow-up to that story suggesting that a case for deep-fried turkey could be made. Neither campaign managed to gain much traction, but I must admit that as I dragged my 16-pound turkey home from my local supermarket last night (the bus never came, so I ended up walking half a mile with that damned bird), I started thinking about alternatives that would be easier on my back and balky hamstring.

New Yorkers might make a case for brisket or pot roast with potato latkes, which is what we serve the Levine family for Hanukkah. But that is a fairly radical suggestion—not as radical as Trillin's spaghetti carbonara, but fairly extreme all the same. Plus, brisket and latkes might give Thanksgiving a regional and religious skew the rest of the country might not find so appealing.

So I have a better idea, one I believe the whole country could get behind.

part of a Serious ThanksgivingI want to propose a Thanksgiving repast inspired by one of Trillin's beloved Kansas City restaurants, Stroud's:

I think the following line-up is pure genius, as well as a marked improvement, over what we're all going to eat on Thursday. Think about it:

This meal is one that I would be most thankful for. I would like Serious Eaters everywhere to consider my idea and also propose their own alternative Thanksgiving feasts. I do think my idea could garner more support than Trillin's spaghetti carbonara.

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