Sure, Thanksgiving is nothing without turkey, but for those looking to push the boundaries of convention this year, why not look to the turducken? If you’re saying to yourself, “Tur-what now?” don’t worry. Read on for a handy primer on all things turducken, along with a few reasons to consider wowing your guests this year with a truly outside-the-box holiday meal.
The 411 on The Turducken
If you think the word “turducken” sounds like some sort of fantastical mythical beast, you’re not alone. Sorry to disappoint, but in reality the turducken is something much more elemental, and yet incomparably delicious: a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. The various cavities of deboned birds are each filled with stuffing before the creation is baked and served.
Whether you’re just hearing of the turducken for the first time with the reading of this article or you’re a lifetime fan of this mega-meal, one thing is for certain: the turducken predates your existence. In fact, historians suggest that the turducken dates all the way back to the European Renaissance, during which chefs to the rich and ruling class were always trying to one-up each other with meat mosh-ups.
One particularly extreme account tells of French gastronomist Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reynière “roast without equal,” which was no less than a “[A] bustard 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.”
The Modern-Day Turducken
So how did the turduckens of days past evolve into the comparatively tame version so many people know and love today? Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme claims that he invented the dish, although most experts agree that “reinvented” might be a better word for it.
Still, Prudhomme certainly played a part debuting turducken to the mass population, a role which was then added onto by NFL personality John Madden who once famously said, “The first one I ever had I was doing a game in New Orleans. The P.R. guy for the Saints brought me one. And he brought it to the booth. It smelled and looked so good. I didn’t have any plates or silverware or anything, and I just started eating it with my hands.” Madden immortalized the turducken by carving one on air during a 1997 Thanksgiving Day football broadcast.
A Turducken In Every Pot
The old expression may boast of a “chicken in every pot,” but we’d much prefer a turducken. However, unless you’re a master butcher, the work of preparing a turducken is likely far beyond your chef abilities. Thanks to FoodyDirect, there’s no need to go without. Instead, you can easily see what all the fuss is about thanks to FoodyDirect, the Gourmet Butcher Block, and the infamous, All-Madden Turducken.
This official food of the 1997 “All Madden Team,” this turkey tour de force weighs in at a whopping 17 pounds and includes the usual setup along with layers of sausage and cornbread dressing. Simply pop it into the oven and await a truly remarkable Thanksgiving meal.
While the tradition of Thanksgiving dates back hundreds of years, nothing says you can’t switch things up every now and then. We can think of no better way to do so this holiday than by swapping out your usual Thanksgiving turkey for a taste turducken. Or, why not fete a favorite gourmand in your life with an unforgettable turducken mail order delivery — the incontestable victor when it comes to fabulous gifts for foodies. Are you ready to take on the turducken or to encourage someone else to throw tradition to the wind and embrace the turducken? Shop foods and gifts at FoodyDirect today.