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Do You Despise Turkey As Much As I Do?

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Every year. Turkey. Every year I try to get my family to agree to a nice prime rib. Or steak. Or leg of lamb. Or cornish hen. Or even guinea fowl--or quail. It doesn't work.

The weird thing is that so many people I know don't even like turkey but put up with it anyway because it IS Thanksgiving. My own kids are adults. Not only do they insist on turkey--but they crave that disgusting green bean casserole too!! UGH!

Sooooo...I'm wondering. AM I the only one around here who does not like turkey? I pick at the dark meat but when I sit down at the table I only eat the potatoes, Turnips, and greens.

Oh well...just askin'

  1. I agree with you. I eat the wing & then I'm done with turkey. Maybe if you served a goose, you could sneak it by them (since it's big, but not quite as big as turkey)-- and then they might get hooked on something that's actually tasty!

    1. You can make a turkey AND a prime rib/ham/leg of lamb/steak/lasagne/whatever. There are no rules.

      Saying you sit and pick and only eat sides at a rare meal with all family and tradition and most likely permanent memories(photographs that the grandchildren will look at long after you are gone) sounds waay too picky.

      There are plenty of things I don't like, but if I am making the meal, in my own home, I make certain to include items I do like and will eat. I'm not going to cook a huge meal and not enjoy it.

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      1. re: Cathy

        Wow. I must've sounded like a totally miserable woman when I posted that! Yes. I realize that I can make whatever. However, between the sides, all the baking, the turkey, the brining and everything else that goes into the traditional meal, I can make the rib/ham/lamb....the next day.
        Goodness! I may sit at the table and eat the sides, but I certainly don't sulk about..I still engage in the great conversation. My bad for sounding so...so bad!

        1. re: jarona

          The word "despise" is harsh.

          We always have a ham and a turkey. At Christmas, we have ham, turkey and also have a rib roast. All three/any of those meats can be cooked the day before, sliced and re-warmed for serving. None needs to be served hot from the oven. Also, you can just buy a turkey breast if you think that it would be too much food.

          I'm glad you aren't miserable. You really can do whatever you want though. Tell them you were 'experimenting' with another recipe and wanted them to all try it since they would all be there that day...see if it goes before the turkey. Be the 'eccentric' grandma.

          1. re: jarona

            Jarona - you didn't sound bad, just vehement!

        2. I cooked for a living off and on (mostly on) for 35 years. It took years for me to be able to enjoy turkey, prime rib, steaks again. At a country club I worked in I had to cook off 3 turkeys and 7 rib roasts every day and double that on Sundays. I ate alot of sandwiches and hot dogs those years.

          1. I find turkey generally boring and my least favourite commonly available meat. However, it is the traditional Christmas meat and there's no convincing the family that we should try something else. I eat a bit of the leg meat and look forward to some nicer food later on.

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            1. re: Harters

              Traditional CHRISTMAS meat? I thought that was ham - at least in our family. We often had both, but if we only had one roast for xmas, it was ham. Actually goose is probably "traditional" but seldom used these days, at least in the US.

              1. re: ZenSojourner

                Harters doesn't live in the US, Zen. Neither do I. In Canada turkey would be more generally served at Christmas. In Québec, where I live, Thanksgiving is not much more than a day off for most people.

                I don't despise turkey, but in general I think it is better served in ways other than a big and often dry roast. I bought some very good turkey thighs not long ago, and braised them as part of a mole (molé) dish. Very good and flavourful that way.

                1. re: lagatta

                  I realize Harters lives in England, hence my surprise that turkey is considered "traditional" for any holiday. I would have thought goose or duck or ham or a roast far more likely.

                  Goes to show what I know.

                  1. re: ZenSojourner

                    Actually, I'm in the US and turkey is also our "traditional" Christmas meal.

                    1. re: gaffk

                      Turkey was the "traditional" Thanksgiving, Christmas AND Easter meal for my family, probably because everyone would eat it. Now in my own house I switch it up. Love prime rib which will be on the Xmas table this year. I could live without ever eating ham again, but my husband loves it so we have that for Easter now and then and he'll grill a couple of lamb chops for me. A thick slice of ham is always availabe in the grocery store. Consider that for yourself next Thanksgiving.

                      1. re: Island

                        I've never had a mere slice of ham that was actually any good. Gotta be the whole ham! Which is why I almost never have it anymore.

                      2. re: gaffk

                        Which is why I said "at least in my family"

                        Ham was "traditional" for Easter, too.

              2. I can't believe your family would choose turkey over a standing rib roast...

                I don't dislike turkey as a protein, but I do dislike the accepted idea that it must be eaten for Thanksgiving. If I were to pick a protein for a big gathering, the first two options would be a standing rib roast and a roasted suckling pig. I hate that turkey often gets in the way of better things.

                I like green beans, but I usually just gobble down anything and everything sweet potato.