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Best Thanksgiving main course: Ham or turkey?

It's down to the main event for Thanksgiving! Do you go for a slow-roasted, juicy turkey that you spend hours and hours brining before the big day? Or do you want that honey-glazed, savory holiday ham that masterfully balances both salty and sweet? Turkey can also be a vessel for popular sides like gravy and cranberry sauce. Ham works best alone, but is a more versatile protein (especially for leftovers). So which one is the best? Vote below! 🦃

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What's your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? Everyone has an opinion, and now we want to settle age-old Turkey Day debates! We pitted Tylters' favorite dishes against each other to determine, once and for all, the perfect Thanksgiving meal! 🦃

Don't forget to check out these other head-to-head culinary battles:

Best Thanksgiving side dish: Potatoes or stuffing?

Best Thanksgiving veggie side dish: Green beans or yams?

Best Thanksgiving dessert: Sweet potato pie or pumpkin pie?

Best Thanksgiving condiment: Gravy or cranberry sauce?

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What entree is truly more American: Ham or turkey? The great debate has raged for centuries.

#TurkeyFTW

Yeah, but turkey is the healthier food choice. And with all the gut-busting desserts and beerminding your calories at the table may not be such a bad idea. Turkey tastes delicious and it's heart healthy!

Both are pretty lean meats, but turkey is much lower in sodium. “When you take in more sodium, you retain more water, which puts more pressure on your heart, and that raises your blood pressure,” explains Sass. “You don’t want to add more stress to your heart by having too much sodium.” (Especially since, with all the sides, a Thanksgiving dinner is already sodium-heavy. According to Largeman-Roth, the average Thanksgiving meal comes in at 2,000 calories and 2,000 milligrams of sodium—only 300 milligrams shy of the maximum recommended total daily amount for adults.) Just steer clear of trendy turkey preparations, such as deep-frying or brining, which add unnecessary amounts of fat and salt, respectively. For a simple and flavorful turkey, Largeman-Roth prefers a fresh (as opposed to frozen) bird: “All you have to do is roast it and you are going to have a delicious meal.”
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Malarkey! Ham is already on the rise with Thanksgiving cooks after last year, when avian flu sent turkey prices soaring. Plus, ham is the only protein choice where leftovers can be incorporated into all meals: breakfast (omelettes!), lunch (sandwiches!) and dinner (soup!). You can even take the ham bone and make a killer soup stock. Ham is versatile, delicious and awesome. Can you make a killer beer glaze for turkey? I think not!

This year, Frankenmuth Brewery offers a beer glazed ham recipe to finally end the debate on which dish reigns supreme. This time, ham means business.
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Frankenmuth Brewery’s beer glazed ham may not be the most complicated recipe, but the choice of which Michigan beer to use throughout the roasting process is essential. The Munich Style Dunkel Lager is sure to lend mighty fine flavor notes to the ham, as it delivers an impactful taste from our use of German Noble hops. The sweet malt and slight bitterness will implant this beer glazed ham into your memory for Thanksgivings to come.
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Nothing is more all-American than turkey! If you're not eating turkey on Thanksgiving, why even bother celebrating at all? 

#HamFTW

Turkey is old. Ham is the new hotness. The people want change!

FINAL RESULTS
Culture
Best Thanksgiving main course: Ham or turkey?
#HamFTW
A festive crown for the winner
#TurkeyFTW