Saturday, January 29, 2011

Turkey Ham?

Blondie and I had company for dinner on Friday night and wanted to cook a special meal for our guests. We decided to make chicken cordon bleu, which we both really like. Unfortunately, though, two of our guests don't eat pork, so we had to come up with an alternative for the ham layer. Blondie suggested we use "turkey ham" instead, and I thought that sounded like a reasonable solution.

I assumed "turkey ham" was just turkey made to look and taste like ham. You know, like turkey jerky or turkey burgers. This seemed perfectly fine to me. I don't mind a little processed meat in my diet. I went to the grocery store to find the elusive "turkey ham" last week and couldn't find it. I found turkey and I found ham, but no "turkey ham." Blondie looked at me like I was a fool and said he would get the "turkey ham" himself.

Yesterday he came home with this and it was my turn to look at him like he was a fool:

Does this look like "turkey ham" to you? NO. This is turkey. Not ham. Not "turkey ham." Turkey. No wonder I had such a difficult time finding "turkey ham!" There's no such thing! There's just turkey or ham, no hybrid meat product known as "turkey ham."

According to Blondie, any kind of lunch meat is ham. So, this is turkey ham. And apparently there's chicken ham and salami ham and roast beef ham and ham ham. This reminds me of the times my grandma would ask me to make her a bologna sandwich.

She lived in the nursing home in town and was usually satisfied with the food they would serve, but on occasion she would be in the mood for something different. Since I lived close by, she would often call me and ask me to bring a sandwich if she didn't like the meal they were serving in the cafeteria. She usually asked for a bologna sandwich, but I rarely stock bologna in my fridge. I would tell her that I didn't have bologna, and offer whatever kind of cold cuts I happened to have (usually ham...not "turkey ham.") She always gladly accepted, saying, "any kind of bologna is fine."

To Grandma all cold cuts were bologna, and to Blondie all cold cuts are ham.

Do you like turkey or ham? Have you ever found "turkey ham" for sale anywhere? I'm sure it does exist...even if I can't find it in our grocery store. Where can I get it?

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Lilibeth said...

I'm pretty sure I've eaten Turkey ham and I think I found it with the hams--not the lunch meat hams but the cured hams like you cook for Thanksgiving and Christmas and those other events when calories don't matter so much.

Domestic Diva said...

I like honey-roasted turkey. I've never seen turkey ham.

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anewphelps said...

Ha! I believe I just realized that I may have the same misconception about deli meat since I knew exactly what turkey ham was...smoked turkey ham was my favorite growing up!

Kendra said...

I know when I lived in OKC before moving out west for college that I ate turkey ham sandwiches at my granny's house. Nowadays I just buy plain 'ol turkey for my family.

If I come across a package of turkey ham I will for sure get you a package. (and that's not to win the contest.) You've perked my interest as to if it's even made anymore.

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Carina said...

I've also found the ubiquitous 'turkey ham' in the ham section, not the cold cuts section. Although, come to think of it, I haven't seen it at the local Wal-mart.

I'm so sorry that you went through the stress of buying Turkey Ham for nothing! Trust me, though, you should be glad we stayed home!

Liz said...

Apparently it does exist, but what he got wasn't it!

Who knew? I never head of calling all lunch meat 'ham' either. Maybe it's like how all soda is Coke in parts of the South?

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Erika said...

I don't think I've ever had turkey ham, but I love honey roasted turkey deli meat! Thanks!
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Jennifer Ladd said...

I love ham. I hate turkey. :)

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Susan said...

HAM HAM HAM that is what I AM
gonna pick--not turkey not SPAM!
especially not the elusive TURKEY HAM . . .

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Heather said...

:) Believe it or not, I might have to say bologna is my fav. lunch meat... and I don' teven like IT that much!

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