The Turducken

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 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.



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