I was just looking at a Yahoo web page where somebody asked why it was impossible to get a 5 lb. turkey in the U.S. And it does seem to be impossible. The only option is to buy a rolled roast, not a whole bird.
The elusive 5 lb. turkey can be found in France.
Well, here in France, it's not impossible. I cooked a 2.4 kg whole turkey yesterday (it was a late Thanskgiving for us). That's a 5¼ lb. turkey. It was on special at SuperU at 3.95 euros/kg, so the turkey cost under 10 euros.
A turkey perfect for two people who like turkey leftovers
The thing about buying turkeys here in France is that you only find whole ones at the supermarket around Christmastime. The rest of the year, you can easily find turkey parts — breast filets, leg/thigh sections, wings, even rolled roasts, etc. — but not whole birds for roasting. Those you have to order in advance from a butcher.
Turkey and a pan of stuffing — or dressing, if you prefer
Anyway, we enjoyed our late Thanksgiving turkey. Now we have leftovers, but not tons, because it was a small bird. Turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, and turkey soup are in our future. You probably are just barely over your turkey feast in the U.S., but ours is just starting.
To go with the 5 lb. roasted turkey, I made pan of bread stuffing with dried apricots, dried cranberries, toasted walnuts, lardons, onions, and celery. And we roasted one of our garden-grown acorn-type squashes in the oven along with the turkey and stuffing to have alongside.