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sf food lover Nov 6, 2007 07:33 PM

Where can I order or buy a good turducken from??
Or is there a butcher that I can get a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. I am not sure I really want the whole cajan thing going on for Thanksgiving.

Or any other fun ideas instead of just turkey...

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    philmaur RE: sf food lover Nov 7, 2007 07:42 AM

    Maybe this is too cajun but, check out Cajun Pacific (http://www.cajunpacific.com/). They offer a 20lb. turkey stuffed w/a 5lb. duck stuffed w/a 5lb. chicken & andouille sausage & cornbread stuffing.

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      cristeen RE: sf food lover Nov 7, 2007 08:32 AM

      Rocky's Market on Leimert in Oakland used to have a sign in their window advertising Turducken. i haven't been by there in ages, but it might be worth a phone call.

      1440 Leimert Blvd
      (between Arden Pl & Clemens Rd)
      Oakland, CA 94602
      (510) 531-6133

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        Curtis RE: cristeen Nov 7, 2007 11:29 PM

        Sadly the butcher who used to do the Turduckens for Rocky's has retired. He was the head butcher at Piedmont Grocery for 20 years though and trained them to do it as well. The bad news is that he used to charge $50 and Piedmont Grocery charges $100. However, if you've got to have it, they'll do the hard work for a price.

      2. Melanie Wong RE: sf food lover Nov 7, 2007 08:40 AM

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/457309

        1. eatzalot RE: sf food lover Nov 7, 2007 11:19 PM

          "Or any other fun ideas instead of just turkey?"

          Well ... you could try doing more, or different parts, of the original "unparalleled roast" of which turducken is a vastly simplified form. The original is ancient and was re-popularized about 200 years ago; it is so bizarre that a lot of people have heard about it nowadays as food trivia (though I don't know of anyone actually making it). To do a stripped-down form, you'd assemble some other few boned birds (of different sizes) concentrically, same idea as turducken. I searched some CH boards for earlier descriptions of Grimod's recipe and didn't locate any, so here's a summary I wrote a few years ago:

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          [Turducken] is a simplified form of a venerable tradition of concentric bird roasts dating to the Romans and re-popularized in 1837 by the great food writer and theater critic A. B. L. Grimod de la Reynière at his death, Christmas eve 1837 -- he died during the midnight feast -- leaving a recipe for an "unparalleled roast," beginning with an olive stuffed with capers and anchovies and then into a garden warbler, and on up to a pullet, a duck, a turkey, and beyond -- 17 birds in all, and at the same time the recipe was an allegorical critique of the leading actresses of the day (except for the one who was his girlfriend) -- since Grimod was, first and last, a drama critic.

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