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Hanukkah Main-Dish Meats

If you’re looking for a Hanukkah feast, Whole Foods Market® has your meat needs covered. 

Turkey

For the first time ever, Kosher Valley turkeys are certified to the Global Animal Partnership’s 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Program. With a Step 1 rating, these birds have ample space for natural behaviors, and each farm is audited to more than 120 animal welfare standards - which is no small achievement.

Don’t need another 8 pounds of leftovers?  We have a variety of turkey cuts like breasts and drumsticks that are just as tasty, but a bit more manageable in the fridge.  We love this recipe for Herb-Crusted Turkey Breast (swap out the butter for olive oil to keep kosher), and Turkey Breast with Root Vegetables.

Brisket

At Whole Foods Market we offer a variety of brisket options. Depending on your store, you may be able to choose from locally raised, grass-fed or grain-finished beef. All of our beef has been raised in accordance with the Global Animal Partnership 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating Program standards.

Commonly, the flat portion of the brisket is served, which is a little leaner and needs the right blend of low heat and time. With proper cooking, this is a fall-apart-tender roast that will have everyone coming back for seconds. Try our recipe for Roasted Beef Brisket with Carrots and Tomatoes, or this Brisket with Parsley, Mint and Thyme.

And while briskets are prized for their leanness, I like a little marbling in mine. Small flecks of fat running throughout will add flavor and moisture to the finished roast. Your butcher can help you pick out the best cut for your meal.

Be sure to check back for more meaty holiday tips.  Next time: Tenderloin vs. Rib Roast in a battle of the beef! 

What’s your favorite meat to serve during your Hanukkah celebration? I’d love to know how you prepare it. Tell me in the comments below.