Turducken Dinner - sides??
I am hosting a dinner with the featured dish being a turducken (which none of us have tried). Can anyone think of what side dishes are best with this meal?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
Green bean casserole
Baked sweet potatoes (yams)
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I've never had Turducken either, but from what I've read, there is usually some sort of stuffing layered between each of the birds and the thing as a whole sounds very rich. I'd likely stick with simple sides...for instance, roasted or sauteed fresh brussels sprouts or other green veg like broccoli, a dish of yams and apples, maybe a good old-fashion corn casserole if you want more starch...
What is yours stuffed with? Typical choices include cornbread, oyster stuffing, and andoille stuffing. Prudhomme uses all three in his turduckens, but generally when you buy them they only fill all with one kind of stuffing.
As such, you won't need to make stuffing, because the stuffing in the turducken sucks up all of the fat from the skins of the meats and it is to-die-for delicious.
You will want light sides, nothing that will compete with your piece de resistance. Grate some zucchini and squash and saute with garlic, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Or saute up some bitter greens like collard, kale, chard. I generally go light on the accompanying starches because there is a LOT of room for the stuffing between the birds, and the cajun cornbread stuffing is so damned good that everyone just loads up on it.
Mmmm....turducken. Didn't get one last year, and I missed it.
I love Turducken. I definitely would suggest uncooked or lightly cooked veggies -- crudite, salad, maybe lightly sauteed green beans with almonds? Asparagus? Things to help you...er, digest huge amounts of meat and stuffing that will come in your birds :)