Turducken for Thanksgiving

“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” -Fred DeWitt Van Amburgh

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, which is celebrated in the U.S.A. on Thursday November 27th, I thought it would be nice to dedicate this post to the turkey dinner most people will enjoy.

“I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Over the years we’ve tried turkey in many different ways, but being used to tasty and spicy food, the traditional roasted turkey never really appealed to my family. It is not easy to get a perfectly moist and flavorful roasted turkey and we tried many tricks. Stuffed with chinese mushroom stuffing, marinated with indonesian spices, roasted in an ovenbag, brined & roasted, brined & smoked, and the only thing left to try is a fried turkey. However, we may never even try that one now that we have discovered the turducken, which is becoming a family tradition.

Turducken? So what in the world is that? Some weird bird? Actually it is three birds in one! In my opinion it is one of the tastiest ways to enjoy Cajun style turkey, and duck, and chicken, and sausage stuffing, all at once. Yep, all of that constitutes the turducken. It is a partially deboned turkey, filled with deboned duck and chicken, which is stuffed with a spicy sausage stuffing. For those of you who like spicy food, definitely worth trying. Well, to eat that is, because it is not so easy to prepare. We usually order the uncooked “bird” from a Cajun meatshop and use their roasting instructions to cook it on Thanksgiving day. It is a real treat and I have never met anyone who did not like the turducken.

If you would like to know more about how turducken is prepared, you can follow this link to view a video at http://www.foodnetwork.com/turducken/video/index.html

Still want to learn more? Go to http://www.cajunstuff.com/store/turducken_faqs.php

And if you really, really would like to try making it, here’s the recipe.

“When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.”
– Vietnamese Proverb

Happy Thanksgiving!

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