Cape Cod Turkey
The origin of the name "Cape Cod turkey" is obscure. It has come to mean cooked fish; more specifically, baked stuffed codfish well larded with salt pork. One explanation of the term centers about Thanksgiving. The traditional food for that day was, and still is, turkey. Turkey meant thankfulness to God for his bounty. However, without the fishing industry the colonists would have had very little to be thankful for. Then, too, the Irish in and around Boston used the term "Cape Cod turkey" to refer to their Friday meal of fish. Fish, and particularly salt fish, seemed to taste better if it bore the aristocratic name "Cape Cod turkey."
—from THE YANKEE COOKBOOK by Imogene Wolcott, 1939
- 1 box salt cod fish (1 pound)
- 1/4 pound salt pork
- 8 medium potatoes, boiled and peeled
- 1 cup medium cream sauce
- 1 hardcooked egg