Game of food: turkey legs are coming to Arby’s
Turkey legs are coming.
Arby’s is serving smoked turkey legs fit for a Stark or a Lannister at select restaurants Sunday, just in time for the season finale of HBO’s mega hit “Game of Thrones.”
The sandwich chain, known for its roast beef, will sell the massive hand-held turkey leg you typically find at Renaissance fairs or theme parks seasoned with salt and brown sugar, smoked and then “slow roasted to perfection.” The drumstick packs a hefty pound of meat on the bone for $5.99.
On the medieval fantasy show, the nobility of the Seven Kingdoms feast on meals with exotic meats like quail and lamprey pie, an eel-like fish baked in wine and spices. Jon Snow loves a mutton stew with pork pie, Sansa Stark favors sweet lemon cake and Tyrion Lannister and other wealthy folk sip mead, a wine-like alcoholic sip fermented with honey, water and spices. But it’s unclear if they actually ate turkey legs.
While Hollywood often portrays turkey legs as a favored dish among medieval folk, turkey is native to America, and didn’t actually appear in Europe until centuries later. But the greasy meat lollipop is still a tasty fan favorite. Disney has been hawking the giant drumsticks for years at around $12 each.
A giant juicy turkey leg may seem perfectly healthy, since the meat is lean and protein packed but since most places serve a whole pound of the stuff, a leg has almost enough calories to satisfy an entire day’s menu, ringing in at 1,136 per serving, and 54 grams of artery-clogging fat, according to Livestrong.com.
Arby’s is not partnering with HBO for the promotion, but it’s ripping on the show’s ubiquitous tagline, “Winter is Coming,” in advertisements with the foodie phrase “Turkey is Coming.” The turkey legs will be available in select locations in Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver and Atlanta for a limited time.
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