With Christmas almost here, the argument of holiday ham vs. Thanksgiving turkey continues.
This time of year is full of talk about bowl games, NFL playoff hunts and big NBA matchups on Christmas day. But most importantly, it brings up the debate of Thanksgiving Turkey vs. Holiday Ham. Honestly, I couldn’t tell whether this was a clash of the titans or a lopsided debate at first. The only opinion I had was my own, but I’m known for going against the grain on these types of things, so I’ll try to sell you on my thought process.
I’ll admit I had to think about this one a bit before making a decision because there are just so many factors that play this battle. In most of these debates, I go in thinking it’s a no brainer, but in this one, I had to go through all the attributes that crown a champion:
- Sweet honey taste
- Crisp snap of outside
- Easier to keep moist
- Can be put in frying pan next morning and used with breakfast ham (throw a little maple syrup on there and you’re golden)
- Can be put in a sandwich with some cheese and have a dank ham and cheese for lunch the next day
- Little sumtin sumtin for everyone (dark and light meat)
- Can be pulled apart and easy to eat (shredded meat is superior to any other cut)
- Harder to keep moist than ham, but… gravy
- Some people like Thanksgiving leftovers more than the meal itself and this is because of turkey sandwiches
This breakdown made me realize that gravy is the real reason turkey has any stake in the game. Generally, turkey is just too dry and doesn’t put up a fight with ham without its sidekick, gravy. This is why ham’s game must be respected more – because he does the job solo.
As any good blogger would, I asked for the opinion of the person that matters most in my life, the person whose basement I live in, my mother. Her call in this situation was naturally the Holiday Ham. I guess the apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. The next step in the process to find a winner was to ask my fellow coaches on their thoughts, and I got a pretty even split on the debate.
“Thanksgiving Turkey, or as some know it, is just bigger regular chicken. It lacks a punch as it’s usually just put in the oven. Alternatively, a Holiday Ham, with its honey glaze, gives you more bang for your buck especially considering how infrequently we eat ham steaks.” – Sick Wheels
“Not only does turkey define Thanksgiving, it represents America. If you don’t like turkey, you’re probably a communist.” – Fisch
“Birds suck. Pigs are chill. Ham is better than turkey.” – Me
So that settles it, Holiday Ham is in fact better than Thanksgiving Turkey. Agree? Disagree? Comment your thoughts below.