The results of this week’s Heller Poll are in and gravy – gloopy, gloppy gravy – has defeated ketchup as Michigan’s favorite pasty topping, based on more than 150 votes.
As a Yooper and a ketchup fan, I’m deeply offended and surprised. But the stomach wants what it wants, I suppose.
The survey results were thus: Thirty nine percent favored gravy, 34 percent favored ketchup (the pasty condiment of choice for God, Yoopers and anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex), and 27 percent inexplicably went with plain.
Personally, I’m baffled why anyone would eat a pasty plain but one reader insisted he does because “the miners ate them without gravy and without silverware, that’s why they are shaped that way. Just pick ’em up and enjoy!”
Yeah, well, miners also died of black lung and being crushed by falling rocks, too. You gonna emulate that, too?
OK, maybe I’m taking this too personally.
But then food is one of the most personal subjects there is. Particularly pasties, for some reason. People get emotional about them, especially where I come from. You have no idea. That’s why I’m probably not going to take another reader up on her suggestion for a follow-up poll on whether pasties should include rutabaga or not.
No way, Jose (or should I say Eino & Toivo). I don’t need a knife fight on my conscience.
You can view the poll results here and still vote if you like. But the gravy damage is done, I’m afraid.