No,Turducken is not Southern slang for dodging things a chimp might throw at you. Its a truly fascinating dish that seems to have it’s origins in the deep south of Louisiana. The name Turducken is a portmanteau of turkey, duck, and chicken. It is a dish consisting of a partially de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The chicken and the rest of the gaps are stuffed, sometimes with a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage meat, although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird.
A November 2005 National Geographic article by Calvin Trillin traced the American origins of the dish to “Hebert’s Specialty Meats” in Maurice, Louisiana. They have been commercially producing turduckens since 1985, when an unknown local farmer brought in his own birds and asked Hebert’s to prepare them in the now-familiar style. The company prepares around 5,000 turduckens per week around Thanksgiving time.
In all honesty the thing doesn’t look all that appetizing. Still, I have always wanted to try one of these things but have never had the patience or skill to prepare one. Its something that always grabs my attention when I see a newspaper article or a TV spot about it. How bout you..are you ..GAME..?
…sorry I had to, it was begging to be said.