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How About Turducken This Year?

Updated on September 7, 2012

Let's Have A Turducken

How about breaking with tradition this year, and trying a Turducken? My family and I took the plunge last year. It's a pretty expensive dinner, but at least I can say I tried it. I wouldn't like it for Thanksgiving every year, but maybe in another couple of years, it would be fun to eat again.

So what's a Turducken you ask? It's a deboned hen, stuffed inside a mostly deboned duck, stuffed inside a mostly deboned turkey. Rumor has it that the acclaimed Cajun Chef, Paul Prudhomme came up with it, but that has yet to be confirmed. It does sound interesting though, doesn't it?

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How Do You Prepare This Thing?

You have to make sure your turducken is completely thawed out before you cook it. You might want to stick it in your refrigerator for about 48 hours or so before it's cooked. You're also going to want to prepare it the day before, because, like a turkey, it takes all day to cook. It needs to bake at 225 degrees for about 6 hours.

You have to debone the chicken, most of the duck, and most of the turkey as well. Otherwise, you're not going to be able to stuff them inside each other. There's some videos below showing you how to do that.

That's the hard way to do it. If you want to prepare an already deboned for you bird, all you have to do is do an internet search for Turducken, and you'll be shown where in your area you can purchase one.

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Taste Break Down

Of the nine people who tried this thing at my Thanksgiving Dinner, here's the breakdown of who thought what tasted best.

5 people thought the chicken part of it was the best. Two of them were under the age of 10.

4 people thought the turkey was the best part of it.

1 person thought the duck was the best.

The general consensus was that it could have been a lot moister, but we can all say we tried it now.

How To Debone Your Bird

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    • lkamom profile image

      Heather McGlaughlin 

      6 years ago from Marryland

      Such a unique main dish. I just learned of it on the Food Network show unwrapped this year.

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      Shari O'Leary 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      @naturegirl7s: Thank you for the blessing! Much appreciated.

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      Yvonne L B 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      We've had turduckens down here in Louisiana for years, but I don't think I've ever tried one. I suppose you need to enjoy duck as well as turkey and chicken. Sprinkled with dust from the Angel of the farmyard on a Back to School Field Trip.

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      8 years ago

      We had a turdunken for Thanksgiving a few years ago... it was good, but not as moist as my mom's roasted turkey.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      9 years ago from Concord VA

      I've heard of turducken before, but have never tried it, and never will. It might be ok for some, but I like my turkey, duck, and hen seperately, thank you. :-) Interesting topic for a lens!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      What a unique turkey recipe. Thanks for adding to: Tasty Noodle Recipe. We Love Noodles in our Family. This is a very unique recipe with turkey. Thanks for sharing your recipe and charity and adding to: A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Day Feast Have a Happy Thanksgiving! :)


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