Turkey Was NOT The Center Of Attention On The Table At The First Thanksgiving
At the first Thanksgiving in 1621, Turkey was not the protein of choice.
We stress and worry about the turkey...is it cooked completely...is it too dry...who is going to eat the leg...etc. But, did you know that was not a worry in 1621 because they served fish, and to be more specifically, mussels. History.com reported that...
"Culinary historians believe that much of the Thanksgiving meal consisted of seafood, which is often absent from today’s menus. Mussels in particular were abundant in New England and could be easily harvested because they clung to rocks along the shoreline. The colonists occasionally served mussels with curds, a dairy product with a similar consistency to cottage cheese. Lobster, bass, clams and oysters might also have been part of the feast."
It makes since, and lets be honest, most likely much easier to cook. Steaming mussels is an easier task then roasting a turkey especially considering they were using a wood burning stove.
Some people still eat a form of fish on thanksgiving, including Steve Martin. Whatever you choose, enjoy it!