Monday, November 20, 2006

I learnt a new word today!

TURDUCKEN ( noun, : er, sounds exactly as it is spelt )

So I'm going about my business, catching up on daily emails, blogs, myspaces, etc when this one word seemed to loom at me from out of nowhere, and I'm like WOARGH, that's even almost as funky as TOFURKY.

I'm sure lotsa people out there know what a Turducken is, but for us triple-fowl-recipe challenged ones, it's actually a de-boned (er, or boned, whichever school of English one subscribes to.. ) chicken stuffed in a de-boned duck, and both are then, er, stuffed in a de-boned turkey, just like the picture on the left. has a step by step guide to preparing this delicacy, and even breaks it down to the tur, duc and ken parts for easy reference. *lol* Those who prefer the gourmet flair, however, can go HERE for the Cajun Grocer's Award Winning Recipe.

Jeff-has-garu-power says that reading my blog is kinda like a mini documentary in itself, so here's the obligatory mini background on Turducken, compliments of who else, but :

A turducken ("TURkey-DUck-chiCKEN") is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage meat, although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird.

Turducken is a uniquely American development and is believed to be Cajun in origin, although it may also have originated in eastern Texas or northern Louisiana

As their popularity has spread from Louisiana to the rest of the Deep South and beyond, they are also available through some specialty stores in urban areas, or even by mail order.

Read the rest HERE

Odes to the TurkeyLurkeyDuckyWuckyChickyLicky
as found on and

The duck can sense impending doom,
The chicken, she can too...
But who will warn the turkey now,
who's just escaped the zoo?
The duck has started in with quacking:
"We must get quickly to our packing!"
The chicken's in an awful state,
and lunges at the padlocked gate.
A rope, a saw, adhesive tape,
just might help them to escape.
But there won't be any more cluckin',
Once they're cooked up as TURDUCKEN!

A young turkey well fed on grass
Had grown to significant mass.
One day in November,
As you might remember,
We shoved two more birds up his a**!!



dreaming-neko said...

accckk! turkey! :P

teddY said...

Wow I've learnt a new word today! Thanks =)

Anyway I've never tried turkey before since we don'treally eat it. How does it taste like? Chicken? Beef?

letti said...

well, it tastes like neither, teddy. LOL. maybe a little like duck, but less strong.

Joseph A. di Paolantonio said...

The word, which I've also seen as TurDucHen, may be uniquely America English, but the dish is a variation on a feast day recipe mediƦval Europe. The main difference is that the older recipe used a swan in place of the turkey, which was unknown back then. It was also usually presented with the feathers put back on the swan. The innermost bird might be a petite poulet or a game hen, and its cavity might be stuffed with an egg in the shell.

Always a lot of fun what one can learn from your blog, Letti.

letti said...

ooo there's also a peking grand fowl!

tracifish said...

I had Tofurkey last night for Thanksgiving. It's delicious!