Poll: White Meat vs. Dark Meat vs. No Meat

It's a Thanksgiving dilemma on tables across the nation.


What will you do this Thanksgiving Day—stay in your white meat comfort zone, stray to the dark side, or go entirely guilt-free? The question of white meat vs. dark meat vs. no meat at all is a holiday dilemma played out on tables all across the nation.

According to the National Turkey Federation, Americans consumed an estimated 46 million turkeys for last year's Thanksgiving holiday. And while white meat is the top request in the United States when passing the plate, other countries prefer dark meat.

The mild taste of breast meat might be thought of as “better” for being lean, but those who eschew it say the real flavor is in the legs and thighs. And in vegetarian households—about 3 percent of the country, according to various online sources—there will be no bird at all, but a big Tofurky platter.

When you tuck into your Thanksgiving meal this week, what will you be asking for?

Angela Carson Dean November 21, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Gobble Gobble......
Daniel Woolfolk November 21, 2011 at 11:50 PM
<:>== <-- sideways turkey
SJ November 22, 2011 at 12:25 AM
What about the delicious skin of a perfectly roasted bird?
Christine Huard (Editor) November 22, 2011 at 12:27 AM
That deserves a poll of its own!
againstthegrain November 22, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Actually this year we are having grass-fed bison prime rib from the grasslands near Glacier National Park in Montana. And as far as I'm concerned, grass-fed bison IS a truly guilt-free meal, and it pays homage to the Native American contribution to the Thanksgiving tradition, as well as turkey. There is *nothing* guilt-free about Tofurky, made from highly processed GMO soy grown on Roundup-soaked and torn apart fields that were previously grassland and native habitat for native bison, soil enhancing deep rooted grasses, wildflowers, birds, and a multitude of other animal and microbe species. Gaseous and nausous, maybe. YMMV
Daniel Woolfolk November 22, 2011 at 04:17 AM
That sounds delicious. What did you have last year?
Christine Huard (Editor) November 22, 2011 at 05:24 AM
Wow! I've never had prime rib for Thanksgiving. That sounds yummy!
againstthegrain November 22, 2011 at 07:31 AM
Last year I ate wild turkey. I wasn't hosting dinner (I was in my Northeastern hometown for my high school class reunion that weekend, too). My younger sister and niece are successful hunters (deer & other large game, too). Most Thanksgivings I do prepare a turkey though, and over the years I've developed a strong preference for fresh, never frozen turkeys. In recent years I've chosen heritage breeds with good results, too. I either order the turkey from a local natural foods store, or I buy one from someone local who raises a small flock of birds in a rural community not far away ("backyard turkey"). Unless I was really strapped for cash, I'd give away one of those "free" or super cheap frozen turkeys from supermarkets, as I find they do not turn out very juicy, and cook unevenly (mostly because of the monstrously large breasts on the conventional breeds. I usually brine turkey in an iced cooler the night before, too, because I find the combination of brining, then roasting a fresh heritage turkey results in a flavorful, moist bird throughout. I'm pretty selective about meat in general, for lots of reasons, though I don't typically buy expensive premiums cuts, but rather I buy half animals (cut & wrapped) in bulk for a lower per pound price and use all the various cuts, or I "cow-pool" with other people. I already have two prime ribs in the freezer that need to be used (& I just bought more bison, so I need the freezer space), so why buy a turkey?
Deanne Goodman (Editor) November 22, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Anyone else surprised to see the majority of the votes (as of Tuesday morning) are for tofurky? I find that interesting.
SJ November 22, 2011 at 08:55 PM
They (tofurky fans) have to convince themselves that they don't want a delicious and real turkey. Even starving pilgrims would have gagged on that (tofu) gunk-food. It also seems wrong to leave that dead bird sitting naked, cold and unloved in the grocery store meat section. However, I have to somewhat admire vegans for giving traditional T-Day meal the bird. It can't be easy, and turkeys have never done anything to me. Can I change my vote.
Hoa Quách November 22, 2011 at 09:48 PM
I make a tofurky and turkey ever year and everyone in my family eats both. There's a misconception that tofu is "gunk food" when in reality, it's pretty tasty and the beans are used for a variety of foods! I would get over that misconception and give it a shot before you bash on the food. If anything, the health benefits of tofu alone deserve praise.
SJ November 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Hah! Then just try skipping the turkey this year. You can probably pick up some discount riot gear from the UC Davis police force. You will need it...if your family even shows for tofurkey. And health benefits are overrated. Genetics will most likely decide when you die if you don't totally go off the deep end of the deep-dish consuming. Anyway, I don't want to rain bean curd on your holiday parade, but the one reason to eat tofu is to save the turkey...you eat both. I guess that makes you a cuisine criminal of a very low order indeed. And all I have to add is.... ....Im just kidding.......eat what you want ....Happy Thanksgiving, Pilgrims and Pilgrimettes.
Patrick Canler November 24, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Or you could just have a Turbaconduken! It's a chicken, stuffed in a duck, stuffed in a turkey, all wrapped in bacon!
Christine Huard (Editor) November 24, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Oooooo!! Bacon makes everything better.


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