"The Pecking Order" - Unique holiday recipe is sure to please
A turducken is a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey with layers of dressing between the birds. You can find and buy prepared turduckens online, but it's not terribly difficult to make at home and it can be a lot of fun for the whole family. A short list of the necessary ingredients and a link to the step-by-step video are found below.
Recipes can be found online as well and there are dozens of variations — cajun style or a Mexican spin on the dish seem to be the most popular. If you have a family stuffing recipe you want to incorporate, you can — there's a lot of leeway with the kind of stuffing you can use.
With generous assistance from Breana and Leslie Shattuck, and Todd Kahler, I attacked the project with earnest — and we had a great time. The hardest step in the turducken recipe was de-boning the birds, but with a little gumption, a little Internet research on de-boning, and a little wine — it was a an experience I'll not soon forget.
Here's what you'll need to make a turducken at home:
2 medium-sized onions
5 stalks of celery
¼ cup of paprika
¼ cup of pepper
1 cup of coarse salt
¼ cup of molasses
2 sticks of butter
3 boxes of dry stuffing
1 de-boned duck
1 de-boned chicken
1 de-boned turkey with drumsticks still attached