Godzilla of Roasts
Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me you are looking forward to the next week or so of being stuffed with delicious food. I’m sure were all accustomed to having a turkey on Christmas and/or Thanksgiving, but what if there was something different you could try? Something that is outside the box, that shows ones culinary creativity. Enter the TurDuckEn.
The TurDuckEn, just as its name suggests, is a ridiculously delicious combination of a deboned chicken, stuffed inside a deboned duck, which is then stuffed in side a deboned turkey. The result is the Godzilla of roasts, the Turducken. This concoction might sound like a real production to prepare but surprisingly it isn’t as difficult as it sounds.
Preparation of a Turducken includes boning the chicken, and duck. You will want to use a very sharp blade in boning so as to make as little incisions as possible and keep the skin intact.
Next you’ll want to think about some stuffing. Any stuffing will do, in fact an easier approach would be to use minced sausage if you want, but this makes the Turducken a little heavy for my liking. I recommend using my favorite bread stuffing: 4 parts bread, 1 part milk, 1 part celery. Salt and Pepper to taste.
Now we begin the cooking, it's quite a simple technique really. You will want to stuff your chicken with the stuffing until it is packed tightly. You can use kitchen twine to seal the cavity. Next you will want to poach the bird in some chicken stock (or water). You want to poach until the internal temperature reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit (67 degrees Celsius). Once it has reached 145 degrees Fahrenheit you want to take the poached chicken and stuff it inside the already deboned duck and then poach that until the internal temperature of the duck reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally take that poached duck and stuff that inside of the turkey. You can use skewers or kitchen twine to seal the bird. When you’ve finally sealed the turkey you can pop that into a preheated 425 degree oven. Feel free to add any herbs or spices before you insert into the oven.
You want to cook your Turducken until its internal temperature reads 145 degrees at the breast and 165 at the inner and outer thighs. That’s roughly 11 and a half hours of cooking time so be sure to get an early start!
That’s the Turducken in a nutshell. It's always amazing to see your friends and family crowd around this dish during the holidays so be sure to try it out. Merry Christmas to all of you out there!
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