I had been pondering eating a Turducken for months. A Turducken is a
boneless chicken stuffed into a boneless duck, stuffed into a boneless turkey.
I had read about it on the net and even seen John Madden talk about one during football.
The Superbowl Party was a good occasion to try one, so I ordered
one from Frank's Smokehouse in Louisiana and had it delivered overnight.
Update: Franks Smokehouse is not online anymore. If you are interested in getting one online, you might try a turduckhen from Cajungrocer.com. They come highly recommended.
I pulled the turducken out of the shipping container and was surprised that
it was a square shape. I guess when you take the bones out, you lose a familiar shape.
The turducken thawed for two days in the fridge.
Ready to be put in the oven.
Unlike the traditional turkey roast, there was no prep. All I had to do except put it in the pan.
Preheat oven to 360 degrees.
Cook for 5 hours covered and 2 hours uncovered and you get...
A cooked turducken!
Showing the bird to the crowd.
There was a bit of debate on how to cut it.
We finally decided on a cut lengthwise so that we could make easy slices.
Sidenote: Behold the electric knife. I strongly recommend an electric knife for
any large carving you need to do. It makes all the difference.
Note the layers of meat & cornbread stuffing.
A serving dish of turducken shortly before the crowd jumped on it.
Everyone loved the Turducken. It was a big hit. Even my wife, who had previously
called the idea of a turducken 'an abomination', was excited about it and enjoyed
the flavor. The stuffing kept the meat moist and added a good counterbalance.
The duck was fairly easy to find, but the chicken was indistinguishable from the turkey.
I do enjoy duck and ate a number of large chunks, as is the carver's right.
I suggest everyone try a turducken if they get a chance. It is quite a treat.