Monday, November 24, 2008

Turducken, The Bird Within a Bird Within a Bird

How did I not know about this famous, albeit absurd, concoction before today? Turducken is the result of stuffing a chicken inside a duck and stuffing that stuffed duck inside a turkey. It's a bird within a bird within a bird and I love the concept! My coworker and I were talking about it and he's not nearly as comfortable with the idea - something about it seeming too cannibalistic. His loss. :)

If you want to take this basic idea and go a few steps further, try outdoing the alleged (Wikipedia-fied) current record of 17 nested birds. That one features a bustard (I think I need a bird dictionary) stuffed with a turkey, a goose, a pheasant, a chicken, a duck, a guinea fowl, a teal, a woodcock, a partridge, a plover, a lapwing, a quail, a thrush, a lark, an Ortolan Bunting, and a Garden Warbler.

For some reason, though, I don't think 17 is the number to beat. I have a feeling it's at least 21.

Or stick to the common Turducken of 3 birds and wrap the whole thing in bacon as featured in (yes, this news site does exist) Bacon Today.

And if you're vegetarian, stick with Tofurky. Sounds enough like Turducken so you don't feel left out.


Anonymous said...

Very enlightening! I may have preferred to stay in the dark - the bacon turducken especially made me think, "I'll skip the turkey this year and go for the veggies." Thanks for another fun read!!

Eve Wexler said...

But nothing beats the recipe for camel:


* 1 whole camel, medium size
* 1 whole lamb, large size
* 20 whole chicken, medium size
* 60 eggs
* 12 kg rice
* 2 kg pine nuts
* 2 kg almonds
* 1 kg pistachio nut
* 110 gallons water
* 5 lbs black pepper
* salt


1.Skin, trim and clean camel (once you get over the hump), lamb and chicken.
2.Boil until tender.
3.Cook rice until fluffy.
4.Fry nuts until brown and mix with rice.
5.Hard boil eggs and peel.
6.Stuff cooked chickens with hard boiled eggs and rice.
7.Stuff the cooked lamb with stuffed chickens.
8.Add more rice.
9.Stuff the camel with the stuffed lamb and add rest of rice.
10.Broil over large charcoal pit until brown.
11.Spread any remaining rice on large tray and place camel on top of rice.
12.Decorate with boiled eggs and nuts.
13.Serves a friendly crowd of 80-100.

Unknown said...

What timing! My friends and I had an early Thanksgiving dinner this past Saturday, and we ordered in a Turducken! I hadn't heard of it before either, but I must admit it was quite tasty. There were some who wanted it bacon-wrapped, but for the sake of my arteries I am glad we decided against it. =)

Unknown said...

I don't know about that bird within a bird within a bird! That looks a little gross to me.

Marni said...

Joyce - Stick with the Tofurky. ;)

Eve - great idea to serve camel. Then when I go to offer some to my guests, I can ask them, "One lump or two." Oh wait, that's hump. :-P

ctjhia - i can't believe I'm talking to a real live human who has tasted Turducken before! I don't if I've ever met one before. :) that's hilarious that you ordered one on Saturday!

Randi - so you fall into my coworker's cannibalism camp. To each his own. :)

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