So What Is A Turducken?

| November 21, 2012

If you are still debating whether to have chicken, duck or turkey for Thanksgiving, why not all three? Just choose Turducken, which is a turduckende-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which is in turn stuffed into a de-boned turkey and sometimes filled with stuffing. This is sure to satisfy all your guest’s palates since each layer gives you a slice of each type of bird. Turducken is bound to be a crowd pleaser as well as giving your guests an appreciation for your sense of humor.

So how do you actually prepare this unique, multi-layered poultry dish? There are many techniques for actually stuffing the birds into each other on the internet, but we suggest buying an already completed Turducken.

The following is the easiest way to cook the complete Turducken;

Season the outside skin by rubbing a combination of salt, pepper, ginger, paprika and garlic powder. Rub the spices in the cavities as well. Use a cooking safe brown bag to put the Turducken in. Stick in a meat thermometer to monitor the temperature of the birds. Place the Turducken in a roasting pan and into a 250 degree oven that has been preheated.

Monitor the meat thermometer until the temperature reaches 165 degrees. Once the temperature reaches 165 the Turducken is done. Average cooking time is 10 to 11 hours.

Take the Turducken out of the oven still wrapped in the bag. Carefully remove the bag from around the bird. Once out of the bag, wrap the bird in aluminum foil and let it sit for about an hour. Next slice the Turducken on the width and serve.

We suggest cooking and serving your stuffing separately.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to cook a Turducken, but must have it for Thanksgiving, checkout in Hells Kitchen since they are serving Turducken for the holiday or try to order your birds online! . As an alternative choose Gooducken for Christmas, which is goose, stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken.  This old Victorian favorite is having a huge revival in the United Kingdom. Hopefully it will not only delight the palates of your guests but also make them smile. After all it is the holiday season!

Charlotte Goldblatt