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Oct 17, 2007 10:31 AM

Deep fried turkey/turducken

Hello all. I'm new to the board but I have a question about Thanksgiving in New Orleans. I've found a few sites that list restaurants that are open Thanksgiving day but I'd like to find out if any restaurants serve deep fried turkey or turducken instead of just regular turkey. Anyone know a place that serves either of those on Thanksgiving day or a place I could find that info?

Any help would be appreciated.


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  1. Porche's sells turducken to cook at home.

    1. Why would you want either? Never seen turducken in a restaurant or deep fried turkey.

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      1. re: Tonto

        Well I'm going to be in New Orleans over T-day for vacation so cooking my own is out of the question and I've read several times that New Orleans invented the deep fired turkey and turducken so I thought maybe a restaurant served one or the other as I would like to try the local style.

        1. re: lumberjackadal

          Both are actually more of a Lafayette/Cajun country thing. I would think, though, that there ought to be some place serving them here on Thanksgiving...

        2. re: Tonto


          I'm with you on the turducken. We've done a few (in AZ) and they have never thrilled me. Now, the deep-fried turkey, also done in my "official NOLA deep-fried turkey cooker," have been great, but I've never seen them in any restaurant. Does not mean that they are not there, it's just that I've heard often of them being done at home, but never in a restaurant. Maybe someone will have more and newer info, to teach me a thing, or two.

          BTW, one MUST always dry out the inside of the turkey, before plunging it into the heated oil. I have photographs of my first one, and it looked like a volcano erupting. There was a plume of fire about 30' high, shooting out the rear-end of the turkey. Now, I look like a has-mat worker, or one of Red Adair's oil rig firefighters, when I do them and always make sure the inside is dry as the AZ Desert.


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            I know at one time you could order fried turkeys from Copeland's, but I don't know if they actually serve them in their restaurant.

            Also, Alton Brown did a great show on frying turkey to help educate those on the wet turkey hot grease phenomenon : ) He built this crazy contraption to prevent fire, but we just fry our far away from any standing structure. Just in case!!! I am sure there are fried turkey explosion videos on youtube.

            1. re: mtleahy

              Well... Alton Brown came too late for me. Fortunately, I had a heavy, long-sleeved workshirt on, with a cap, goggles, and heavy fireplace gloves. Since I was in AZ and the weather was mild, I had on shorts. Luckily, I have enough freckles on my legs to hide the scars!

              Back then, there was no YouTube, and my house guests were shooting still, though with a high-speed motor drive, not video, otherwise, I guess that I'd be known as the "Flaming Turkey Boy," on YouTube! Oh well, missed my 15 mins. of "fame."

              Note to all: Dry out the inside of the turkey 100%!


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Shouldn't that be "15 min of flame"??? ;^)

                1. re: zin1953

                  Yes - great one. I'll use that line (with proper attribution), when I show the photos!


          1. OOOOOH Turducken is so delicious...I crave it