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It did not occur to me until quite recently that some people purchase pre-cooked turkeys to serve on Thanksgiving. Not only am I far too much of a control freak to trust the wellbeing of The Bird to someone else, the concept seems flawed right out the gate. Turkey is already incredibly prone to drying out, and the act of reheating cooked meat drives out even more moisture. But one day I drove by my local Popeyes (the best Popeyes in Portland), and saw they were advertising Cajun Turkeys infused with “zesty Louisiana-style seasonings.” As a lover of all things Popeyes, I was immediately intrigued. I called the restaurant and asked how to order one and was told to “just come in and ask for a turkey.” (According to Thrillist, you can also preorder the bird, so call your local Popeyes and ask them what is the truth? ) I got my turkey as a walk-in, and took the frozen, pre-cooked bird home in exchange for $49.99. After letting it defrost in the fridge for four days (the amount of time prescribed by my local Popeyes manager), I was ready to eat some zesty turkey. It’s not quite as simple as “heat and serve” Photo: Claire Lower Two reviews of this turkey describe the Popeyes Cajun Turkey as “flash fried,” but the skin tells another story. Straight out of the packaging, the cold bird was beige and grey, with splotches of cajun seasoning speckling the skin and lots of […]