Chronicle poll results: Thanksgiving
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Chronicle poll results: Thanksgiving

We asked our readers about their preferred main course on Thanksgiving. Here's what they said.

Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “What is your preferred Thanksgiving main course?” Of the 231 people who responded, 44% said “white meat,” 36% said “dark meat,” and 20% said “vegetarian or other.” Comments were submitted by 52 people. A few follow.

Dark meat is moister and more flavorful.

Stuffing is the most important food at the table for my family!

The indigenous people call the American Thanksgiving their “National Day of Mourning.” There are also almost 50 million turkeys killed for this holiday. We need to gain some perspective on this day.

Too much meat is unhealthy.

We’re talking turkey, right?

I do not like turkey; I prefer salmon.

Love stuffing that is done in the turkey, but as a one-person household (and no invites for joining anyone), I haven’t had it in a few years. Rock Cornish hen with a very few sides will be my Thanksgiving dinner.

Gluten-free vegetarian.

Butternut squash.

I’m a strict vegan, so it’s vegan turkey roll stuffed with vegan stuffing.

Whole chicken.

I’ll eat most everything other than turkey. I don’t like turkey; I will eat all of the sides, but not the turkey!

Turkey (breast, thigh, or leg) with green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.

Three cheers for a plant-based meal!

Chicken, not turkey


The only turkey we like on Thanksgiving (and any other day of the year) are the live ones we see in Frick Park. Delicata squash stuffed with wild rice and lentils is our preferred main dish for a Thanksgiving meal.

Turkey generally is dry and nasty. I always prefer the sides.

Turkey (breast, thigh or leg) with green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.

I love dark meat, but I know it contains more fat. Happy Thanksgiving! PJC

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