Popeyes could make edible cardboard and I would try it at least once, so I thought I’d see what this Thanksgiving could have in store for me.
The picture shows a very appetizing turkey with a couple of cut slices, and indeed that’s what I expected: a couple of slices of the Thanksgiving meat.
Maybe I could throw in a side of Cajun fries and we would have a meal. With my plan set, I strolled in to my nearest store, but as has become a bit of a pattern, I was told the store was sold out of the item I desired.
This repeated at a second store. At the third, I asked if the turkey was available. The cashier gave no response but to turn and walk away, opening a series of drawers and boxes.
I was a little confused as to why he wasn’t looking in places where they kept warm food, but I was soon distracted by the woman walking in and asking if I had ordered yet. I wasn’t really sure where my order stood, but I let her know I’d need a little more time in front of the register.
It was at that point that my guy emerged from the deep freeze. By now, you may realize what was coming: He was carrying a full, frozen bird, and I was shocked.
Regardless of what I had been expecting walking in, my path forward was clear: Our household now needed to cook a full Popeyes turkey.
To get down to actually reviewing some food: This thing had more flavor than any turkey has any right to have. There’s zest packed into every inch, but the real surprise is what’s waiting for you on top: There is some serious heat in the skin.
We threw together an impromptu Friendsgiving party in order to get through this considerable amount of food, and everyone agreed they’d never had a turkey so spicy. Whether that’s a good thing is up to your individual preferences, but I couldn’t get enough.
As to whether you should work this in to your Thanksgiving plans, you already have a leg up on me just by knowing what you’re getting into when you order.
Unless your mom is Guy Fieri, I doubt you’ve had such a flavorful turkey from the standard, homemade Thanksgiving offerings. The spice level is probably too serious for a lot of grandparents, but if you can get your family on board, this is quite a treat.
The Popeyes Cajun-style turkey is 13 to 16 pounds and costs $39.99.