Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TURDUCKEN, the ultimate meal: Turkey, duck and chicken

A Turducken is a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The name is a portmanteau of those ingredients: turkey, duck, and chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage meat, although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird. Some recipes call for the turkey to be stuffed with a chicken which is then stuffed with a duckling. It is also called a chuckey.

The result is a relatively solid, albeit layered, piece of poultry, suitable for cooking by braising, roasting, grilling, or barbecuing. The turducken is not suitable for deep frying Cajun style (to deep fry poultry, the body cavity must be hollow to cook evenly).

i A video on how to make a Turducken:

Foul Bird?
In the United Kingdom, a turducken is a type of ballotine called a "three-bird roast" or a "royal roast". The Pure Meat Company offered a five-bird roast (a goose, a turkey, a chicken, a pheasant, and a pigeon, stuffed with sausage), described as a modern revival of the traditional Yorkshire Christmas pie, in 1989; and a three-bird roast (a duck stuffed with chicken stuffed with a pigeon, with sage and apple stuffing) in 1990.

Gooducken is a goose stuffed with a duck, which is in turn stuffed with a chicken.

The YouTube channel Epic Meal Time made their variation of turducken with what they call "TurBaconEpic." It is a roasted pig wrapped in bacon, basted in a mixture of butter and Dr. Pepper which is stuffed with bacon stuffing and a bacon wrapped turkey stuffed with a duck, chicken, Cornish game hen, quail, the bacon stuffing, and more bacon, all held together with "meat glue" (a mixture of ground bacon, veal, and pork sausage), and was garnished with Wendy's Baconators. The finished product yielded 79,046 calories, and 6,892 grams of fat (equivalent to 14.35 pounds of fat)!