Are you looking for a Thanksgiving dish that will have your dinner guests talking for months to come? If you answered yes, then it is time you tried Turducken. This original Cajun creation is a combination of turkey, duck and chicken. Actually, it is a turkey, stuffed with a duck that is stuffed with a chicken that is stuffed with stuffing. Sound complicated? Read on to learn a little more about this unique Cajun delicacy.
As you have probably figured out by now, this dish got its name by combining the words turkey, duck and chicken. But what is the origin of this outrageous dish? Like most legends, the origin of this dish is slightly muddy. Some will say that the dish began in the middle of the last century when a renowned surgeon used his skill with a scalpel to de-bone a turkey, duck and chicken and created the dish. Others will say that it's the creation of a well know Cajun-Creole chef named Paul Prudhomme in 1982.
One of the more popular stories about the origin says that in the mid 1980's a local, unnamed farmer brought a turkey, duck and chicken, cleaned and plucked to Herbert's Specialty Meats located in Maurice Louisiana. The story claims that this unnamed farmer requested that Herbert make the now (regionally) famous holiday dinner centerpiece. Herbert's Specialty Meats is now making about 5,000 of them per week.
Whatever the origin, you have two choices when it comes to acquiring one for your dinner. You can either purchase one pre-made from a specialty meat shop or you can make your own.
If you choose to make your own, keep in mind that this will take a lot of patience and some skill with a knife. But creating your own can become a family event that will make the holidays even more enjoyable.
One of the most difficult parts of creating it is the de-boning process. You may want to get detailed instructions on how to correctly de-bone your fowls. If you do not de-bone the turkey, duck and chicken, you will never get them stuffed into each other.
After you have the duck and chicken stuffed, the next hardest part is stuffing this combination into the turkey. This will take more than one person. You may want to get a family member ready with a video camera, because this can be quite hilarious. Imagine trying to push a slippery, stuffed chicken into the cavity of a very slippery turkey. The video could be used for entertainment for all of your guests before Thanksgiving dinner.
So if you want a unique Thanksgiving meat that will make your dinner a hit, try turducken this year. Get a great recipe for the stuffing and find detailed instructions for de-boning. Keep in mind that this type of turkey cannot be deep fried and it will take a little longer to bake than the traditional turkey. Get the family involved and make your holiday dinner one to remember!