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Has anyone ever had a Turducken.????

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OK, first question from most is probably what is it:

A Turducken is a delicately deboned turkey that is stuffed with boneless duck and chicken. A delicious cornbread dressing and pork stuffing is then added to separate each poultry. Special seasonings are sprinkled over and into the entire product. The Turducken is vacuum sealed forcing the seasonings into the product enhancing flavors and freshness. All you have to do is put it in the oven. You are sure to have a meal that will impress even the best gourmet.

They are shipped from Tulsa OK, I was thinking about ordering one for the holidays.

Any comments??????????????????

http://www.hebertsmeats.com/turducken...

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  1. We did one once, a waste of money.

    Will be doing two turkeys this year, one in the turkey roaster and one on my smoker. Will make everyone happy that way.

    1. I have twice and actually enjoyed it very much when it was cooked properly. Probably as much for the novelty as the taste, but I've got to say it was a fun topic of conversation and definitely livened up the meal in the way that a unique menu does. One had a spicy Cajun sausage stuffing and the other was more traditional.

      I don't think it's something that you will have year after year no matter how much you enjoy it, but if the majority of the group has never experienced one it can be make for a memorable night.

      I did not however purchase either, so I can't vouch too much on the cost and value in terms of the raw produce. But I -do- value the fun/enjoyment that it did contribute.

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      1. re: LATrapp

        Agree with the novelty part, otherwise was just greasy duck meat inside a turkey.
        Not for me, but different for sure. The one I tasted was from Hebert's BTW.
        If you want turkey that tastes like turkey, cook one separately.

      2. We had one at a friend's house a few years ago. After the novelty wore off, people ate the regular turkey and ham and there were leftovers of the turducken that no one asked to take home. It was okay, it was interesting, but I won't want it again.

        1. I had one as the "centerpiece" for my 25th birthday party. So, so fun. Fed a ton of people and it was actually pretty good (and a really easy way to feed the 30-odd people or so that wandered by that night). But I'll agree with the other posters, that while I thought it was actually very tasty, the real fun of it is the novelty. Very appropriate for a student's house party, but I wouldn't serve it to my in-laws at Thanksgiving. Turducken party had a mardi-gras theme complete with beads, champagne and a traditional King cake, so it was hard to beat, but sadly, never to be re-created. Just depends on the vibe you're going for I guess.

          1. Not quite a Turducken, but in England you can get a goose stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a duck stuffed with I think a pheasant (all deboned), and then seasoned stuffing inside of that. My mother isn't keen on Turkey, so we have had this for Christmas for the last few years.

            The origins of this dish are apparently Elizabethan (noble fare rather than the peasants). My husband calls it "The Abomination" (not in front of my mother) and can't really bring himself to eat it.

            1. We've gotten two turduckens from the Gourmet Butcher Block in Gretna, LA, outside New Orleans. It's the place that used to supply John Madden with his eight-legged turkeys for his All-Madden awards. We liked them. A nice riesling or gewurztraminer is the perfect accompaniment.

              This place does a variety of more basic stuffed meats if the thought of a turducken is too much to stomach. Check out their offerings.

              http://www.butcherblockturducken.com/...

              1. I bought a frozen one at my local grocery store last year at Christmas and it was great. Very juicy and delicious. I think it was from a Louisiana producer, but I can't remember the name.

                1. It is odd that this would be shipped from--or at least orders received at---Tulsa. Hebert's in Maurice, Louisiana, is allegedly the inventor of the thing. It is an amusing novelty but I don;t bother with it. Hell, I don't even bother with a damn turkey...just a rib roast is good enough for me for holiday fare

                  1. The restaurant I work makes them to order for $80.00. I like the taste but am a tradional turkey person, by that I mean I have to have a turkey but it can be smoked, fried, grilled, etc.

                    1. I had it once, definitely different than a regular turkey. The biggest problem was the looooong cooking time. I think I overcooked it a bit, but it still tasted pretty good. It was quite the talk of the table. I had the butcher save me all the bones and innards; made lots of meat stock from them.

                      Can you not find a local butcher to put one together for you? It will probably be a lot less expensive than the prices I saw online.

                      1. A friend of mine made one last year, and it was delicious! If I were to buy one commercially made, I wouldn't even consider one from anywhere except Louisiana. Try Comeaux's or Cajun Grocer.

                        1. Been there, done that ~~~ A novelty ~~~ Mostly a waste of time and resources ~~~
                          If ya want a turkey, cook a turkey...If ya want a duck...cook a duck...etc. etc. etc.

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                          1. re: Uncle Bob

                            Well said...but do try other offerings of Hebert's..it's a good place

                          2. I get my Turducken from Alpine House, in Sarasota, FL, just up the road. Alpine House was featured on Diners, Drive-in & Dives a year or so back for their turducken. I like it. I would never attempt to make one - I've watched Mark do it! I don't want The Whole Thing, but you can buy it by the slice at the restaurant.