Is turkey for Thanksgiving overrated? KIRO Nights says yes

Nov 25, 2021, 7:50 AM


Turkeys are displayed for sale in a grocery store ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in 2021. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

A lot of people across the United States will be eating turkey for Thanksgiving this year because that’s the tradition. But what if it doesn’t have to be?

“According to this NBC News article I saw, turkeys are 6.2% more expensive this November than they were last year, and the price of turkey is at a three-decade high,” said KTTH’s Tarik Ansari on KIRO Nights.

“I don’t get the obsession over turkey,” Ansari said. “… Do we have to have a turkey? Why can’t we get a really, really nice chicken, an awesome chicken, like one of the best chickens you could even chicken? Or maybe some steak or — I don’t know — some pork? I know we’re going against the vein of tradition, but are we really going to talk about, ‘Well, we’ve got to be like the pilgrims with the turkey.’ Do we really want to be like the pilgrims?”

“No, we don’t,” he continued. “It’s 2021 — we have TikTok, we have microwaves, we have a lot of other stuff. Let’s have food that is more cost-efficient, stuff we can enjoy. Because turkey, in all fairness, tastes like a chicken that hates you. Let’s actually enjoy this Thanksgiving and not have to cave in to the norms.”

KIRO Nights host Jack Stine agreed.

“For my Thanksgiving this year, we are having a roast. We are skipping turkey altogether,” Stine said.

“We’re having an actual meat roast,” he said. “I’m going to go buy a huge side of beef and we’re going to roast it because I’m tired of eating dry meat that I don’t want to eat ever. I never go out of my way to get turkey. … I don’t eat turkey, I don’t like turkey. I’m sure if someone handed me a nice plate of dark meat turkey, I may be into it, but for the most part, I’m over it.”

Stine and his wife decided this year they’re dropping the turkey and doing whatever they want.

“This is America, and we don’t need to eat bad bird anymore,” Stine said.

Hear the rest of this turkey talk from KIRO Nights below:

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