A short while ago, a representative of Echelon Foods reached out to offer me a chance to taste something I’d only heard about in TV shows and through word-of-mouth: a turducken. Not quite the same as Ted’s “turturkeykey” (a turkey stuffed with another turkey) in How I Met Your Mother, a turducken utilizes a similar concept, combining turkey, duck, and chicken meat in one complete and boneless roast.
With Canadian Thanksgiving on the way, I thought it would be a good time to give a turducken a shot. Here are my thoughts.
Product: Bacon Wrapped Turducken Premium Roast, stuffed with Italian Sausage
Cooking Time: Approximately 4 hours
Result: Taking no longer to cook than a roast leg of lamb or a hearty Sunday stew, the turducken goes in fully seasoned and requires only very minor cooking adjustments before pulling it out and letting it rest under tin foil. I was amazed at how easy it was to cook, especially compared to some of my turkey preparations in the past. And oh, the aromas that filled the house while it was in the broiling stage!
Even though it doesn’t seem like a huge roast, it’s easy to see how this turducken could feed ten people. Each sliced was filled with generous helpings of turkey, chicken, duck, and Italian sausage stuffing, all wrapped with layers of perfectly crisp bacon. Two generous pieces are enough to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites, which means plenty of leftovers for the family if you’re only serving up to five people (we were serving three, so you can imagine how much we had left over).
Not wanting to outshine the turducken, and knowing that there was enough protein at our fingertips, we made simple sides for the meal: garlic mashed potatoes and a medley of roasted vegetables. The turducken left plenty of juice in the pan–enough to make a gravy or simply drizzle over the meat itself.
As for taste, I was impressed. While many people overcook turkey, leaving it dry and tasteless, the turducken was moist and flavourful. Each bite revealed a different kind of meat, which added to the variety of the meal and was, to be honest, completely delicious.
Based on the ease with which the turducken could be cooked, cut, and served, as well as the delicious meal that resulted from it, I would strongly recommend this product to any family looking to serve a big meal around the holidays.
You can purchase a turducken from Costco or learn more about it on the Echelon Foods website. Enjoy your holiday dinners this season and be sure to comment below if you decide to try a turducken for the first time!