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What's wrong with turkey?

Mama called yesterday. She wanted my permission to serve roast pork instead of turkey at Thanksgiving. Turns out my entire family except for me is all "meh" about turkey if they don't outright hate it. Mama said I was the only one in the family who liked it except for Grandma, who died in August. I'm almost 35 - how did I miss that me and my grandmother were the only people who were totally delighted with the traditional main course on Thanksgiving? And my family is GOOD at cooking turkey - even if they don't like it. It's always moist and flavorful, so the argument that it's dry and tasteless doesn't wash with me. But I couldn't be the holdout when everyone else prefers pork, so looks like that's what we're going with.

Anybody feel like standing up for turkey? Or is it really just an unappetizing dish continually inflicted onto miserable diners out of slavish adherence to tradition?

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  1. A well-roasted turkey is a delight, as far as I'm concerned. Moist white meat from the breast, succulent dark meat, accompanied by an honest-to-god stuffing cooked inside the bird, with all the trimmings (Canadian trimmings, that is - no green bean casserole, or sweet potatoes cooked with marshmallow, thanks). It's great that day, and the sandwiches for the week after are just the gift that keeps on giving.

    Not that I have anything against roast pork, but we have that all the time; turkey is a once or twice a year thing. And since it takes a few hours to do properly, you can really only do turkey on a holiday, whereas roast pork can be done any Sunday.

    I feel for you!

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    1. re: FrankD

      I have to disagree with you there Frank. We buy small turkeys (8 - 10 lbs.) and roast them frequently. A spatchcocked turkey that size will roast in an hour. A bone-in pork roast takes longer than that to get it cooked near the bone.

    2. I love turkey so really can't understand why others don't and I cook it several times a year whole and even more for other dishes like pulled turkey bbq, mole, turkey & dumplings, etc. To me, it's a canvas for so many flavors and if it's boring, it's because someone is not making it interesting. That's not to say that I wouldn't partake of othe sources of protein in the same meal but come on, it's just not the same as a turkey on Thanksgiving!

      1. There is nothing like a good turkey gravy, and there is no other way to produce it except to roast a turkey yourself. As heavenly as any food on Earth.

        I could also say the same thing about turkey gumbo. Nothing quite like it. An awesome food.

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        1. re: Steve

          Smoked turkey gumbo is one of the most delicious things I have ever created. I have to smoke another turkey soon!

        2. Once a year, people - go turkey! Not tofurkey, not prime rib - TURKEY! I don't care how - roast it, fry it, batter it and bake it, whatever - but go turkey!

          1. It's not that there's anything wrong with turkey, it's just that by the Sunday after Thanksgiving, I'm pretty much okay with not seeing it again for 51 and a half weeks.