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American Thanksgiving

Celebrate American Thanksgiving at Godfreys

Free Range Bronze Turkeys - The finest Turkeys money can buy

No additives, drugs or growth enhancers.
Fabulously fully-flavoured Bronze Turkeys only come from traditional breeds of Turkey that are naturally slow growing and enjoy the freedom of roaming in pastures, woodland or stubble fields. They must be allowed to forage freely on a natural diet with no additives, drugs or growth enhancers.

Avoid the disappointment of the supermarket visit
Only when they are naturally fully matured - and never before - can they be traditionally prepared, hand plucked and game - hung for up to 12 days - before being carefully presented to you to enjoy the ultimate in festive gourmet experiences.

Traditional rich depth of flavour belonging to a bygone age
We scour family-run farms with only the highest standards of stress-free husbandry for such rare birds, so we can offer you the most tender, moist, beautifully textured Bronze Turkeys with a traditional rich depth of flavour, which almost belongs to a bygone age - but which always creates such a wonderful festive and celebratory dining experience - and a memorable spectacle for that special American Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States and wherever Americans live, on the fourth Thursday in November.

Since 1863
It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens," to be celebrated on Thursday November 26th.

Turkey traditionally served
Turkey was one of the dishes traditionally served on this important American celebratory day.

Although Turkey was the dominant meat at the dinner table, Venison was also plentiful.

Pilgrims five Deer
On record, the Pilgrims killed five Deer to divide amongst themselves. They also had Waterfowl and Fish. The dinner actually had little vegetables and lots of meat and nuts.

Fruits, such as Strawberries and Grapes were also plentiful because they were growing in the wild.

The President of the United States
Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented the President of the United States with one live Turkey and two dressed Turkeys, in a ceremony known as the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.

A one-off joke by Ronald Reagan
In a tradition that began as a one-off joke by Ronald Reagan in 1987 and made permanent by George H. W. Bush in 1989, the live Turkey is "pardoned" and lives out the rest of its days on a nearby peaceful farm.

And so as usual - to help with the Celebrations - here are some recipes for you to consider - or just to get you thinking - just click on the recipe title for full details:


•  Bay & Bacon Roast Turkey with make-ahead Gravy - By Sara Buenfeld
Try this delicious way to prepare the Thanksgiving or Christmas bird, with Bay leaves, Lemon and stuffing - perfect flavours to compliment your festive dinner. Preparation time 30 mins : Cooking time 3 hrs 40 mins - 4 hrs - plus resting. Click here for Bronze Turkey, Unsmoked Streaky Bacon, Fresh Chicken Stock
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Salt & Pepper Turkey - by Mary Cadogan
A finishing touch of a lattice of Bacon makes this Turkey a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner centre-stage star.
Preparation time 45 mins - 1 hr : Cooking time 3 hrs 30 mins- plus resting.
Click here for Bronze Turkey, Unsmoked Streaky Bacon, Fresh Chicken Stock
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Moist Turkey Crown with Chestnut Truffle stuffing - by Emma Lewis
If a huge turkey seems too much to bear and turkey sandwiches aren't your thing, opt for a crown instead of a whole bird.
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 1 hr 10 mins - plus 20 mins brining.
Click here for Bronze Turkey, Fresh Chicken Stock
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• All-the-Trimmings Roast Potatoes - by Barney Desmazery
Save space and time by throwing everything together in the same bowl. Perfect for people without a four-doored oven
Preparation time 5 mins : Cooking time 45 mins. 
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Lincolnshire Sausages, Cocktail Sausages
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• Maple & Pecan Carrots
Sweet Maple syrup and Pecan nuts go brilliantly with roasted Carrots in this festive vegetarian side dish.
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 40 mins.

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•   Really simple Cranberry Sauce
- by Sara Buenfeld
Making your own sauce is really easy, and you can do it a few days ahead. Plus, this one uses only three ingredients.
Freezable, Gluten-free
Preparation time 5 mins : Cooking time 10 mins.

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•   Maple-glazed Hot Dogs with Mustardy Onions 
If the full blown Thanksgiving feast is a bit too much - you can still quietly celebrate Thanksgiving and treat yourself to a homemade TV dinner of sticky Sausages Hot Dogs topped with fried Onions. Yee- Hah!
Preparation time 5 mins : Cooking time 30 mins.
Click here for Directors Pork Sausges
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When only the best will do
Here at Godfreys we have been proudly supplying Premium Quality Thanksgiving Turkeys for more years than we care to remember.

We are delighted to maintain the traditions of this historic celebration by supplying only the best Free Range slowly matured and expertly hung Turkeys money can buy - for the occasion when only the best will do.

A delightful alternative to Turkey
You may also want to consider as an alternative to a Turkey - and lately getting very popular - are one of our Three Bird Roasts - either the full works - or our not so Mini Roast version which will feed and delight eight comfortably - or perhaps even a Goose as a change!

Click here for Whole Three Bird Roast, Mini Three Bird Roast

Now is the time to celebrate!
So if you are an American now indigenous to these shores and missing the old customs, temporarily resident in the UK, visiting relatives or friends or even wanting to celebrate your ancestry now is the time!

To help you decide the menu we have included a selection of Premium Quality Cuts on the American Thanksgiving Tab on our website www.godfreys.co which of course features that elusive Free Range Premium Quality Bronze Turkey - to make your choice easier and even more enjoyable.

Give it a Click
So why not give it a Click - and experience a whole new way to enjoy Godfreys Free Range Premium Meats and Poultry - all week long - by ordering from the comfort of you own home - at a time that is convenient to you.

We do the rest - be it if you would prefer delivery direct to your door Nationwide - or at our Click and Collect Points in Highbury or Finsbury Park. 
Directors Chipolatas
Sweet succulent - great in salads, quick to cook.
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Lincolnshire Cocktail Sausages
Herby, small bite size sausage - perfect for parties.
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Pigs in Blankets with Pancetta
Traditional - but with a gourmet twist for parties and kids.
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Directors Sausage Meat
Free range ground Pork cuts with white pepper, nutmeg and mace.
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Lincolnshire Herby Sausage Meat
Ground Free Range Pork cuts, skillfully blended with an array of Herbs.
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Free Range Honey Roast Ham
Slow-roasted Ham with Honey, Juniper berries, Cloves, Orange and Lemon peel
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Free Range Smoked Ham
Hand-prepared, slow-cooked Ham left off the bone for easy carving.
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Free Range Boneless Ham
Hand-prepared, slow-cooked Ham left off the bone for easy carving.
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Smoked Streaky Bacon
The mild smoked flavour works perfectly with Streaky Bacons sweet qualities.
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Unsmoked Streaky Bacon
Its the succulent fat running through it that impart its delicious sweet flavour.
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Free Range Whole Goose
Our succulent Free Range whole Geese make a fabulously rich Roast.
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Chestnut Stuffing
A rich nutty mix, ideal for poultry and game.
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Cranberry and Chestnut Stuffing
An award winning sumptuous stuffing, ideal for all poultry and meat.
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Cranberry Sauce
The ideal traditional accompaniment to Roast Turkey.
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