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Dec 12, 2009 06:04 PM

turducken in Calgary or Edmonton

We are looking for something special and different this Christmas. Xmas dinner is in Calgary but we can pick up before hand in Edmonton if needed. Any ideas where to order one? Do you think we are too late?

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  1. This is were we order our first turducken. Second one we made ourselves. Both were great. Second one better,

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    1. re: Heather2

      +1 for Griesser Spoon/Railway Deli, we've ordered twice now, both times a total success

      1. re: maplesugar

        this is looking like where we will be ordering from. They have a 4kg (1/2 size) which is perfect for us.

        apparently Andy's IGA has them too in Eton, checking with the meat manager tomorrow.

    2. The Bon Ton Meat Market in Calgary does them. Can call to see if they're still taking orders.
      10 Uxbridge Drive Northwest
      Calgary, AB T2N 2V2
      (403) 282-3132

      Most of the other butchers that do them seem to be in Canmore.

      1. Had a turducken from Valbella meats in Canmore at Thanksgiving. Maybe Valbella can ship it to Sunterra in Edmonton.

        1. South African Meat Shop on Kensington Rd has been advertising Turducken. Not sure when their deadline is.

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          1. re: Dr. J

            Thanks everybody I will check into all these leads tomorrow. Canmore is definitely NOT out of the question as we are going to be heading skiing.

          2. Seems like they are at quite a few Safeway's and Sobey's now. Around 75-100 bones.

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              1. re: cleopatra999

                I am sure I saw some frozen at the Royal Oaks Sobey's in Calgary.

                1. re: cleopatra999

                  Most definitely frozen.Now I can't wait to hear your experience cleo.

                  1. re: raidar

                    the turducken has landed! we ordered from Canmore (Griesser Spoon). They are the only ones with the right size. I sure hope they are worth the moula!

                    I will report back after Xmas.

                    1. re: cleopatra999

                      I know it's only the 27th celopatra999, but I'm interested to know what your experience was like!!

                      1. re: raidar

                        as am I cleopatra999...I would have been even more interested had you purchased it at Andy's as it is significantly closer than Canmore.

                        Nothing exotic for us this year. An 8.5 kilo utility grade [missing part of one wing...who cares!] from Safeway for a very good price that probably gave me the most moist breast meat of any turkey that I have cooked over the past few years. I could not believe how many full sized sandwich sized slices I was able to carve off both sides of the breast.

                        Have finally "waved the white flag" more leftovers...broth is in the freezer...last of stuffing to go in the bin for tomorrow's pick up...remaining white and dark meat bagged and sealed and going into the freezer...tonite, steak!

                        1. re: Bob Mac

                          I think we did pretty well here, We picked up a 6.5 kg and ended up with just a few leftover meals of turkey sandwiches and hot turkey sandwiches.

                2. re: raidar


                  I have never had a turducken.

                  What does the term, "Around 75-100 bones." mean?

                  Is that a standard term of reference, i.e. fewer bones = more time deboning = higher price?, or is it something completely different?

                  1. re: Bob Mac

                    "75 -100 bones"
                    bones = dollars

                    We definitely enjoyed the 'bird'. We ordered half a turduken, it was 4.3 Kg. It cost $110 (yikes!). The layers were all very moist, the stuffing in between was good (Italian sausage/bread stuffing). I have to admit though, I don't think we would do it again, considering the cost. We cooked it the low and slow way, 7hrs at 200F, in accordance to the directions. The skin never got nice and crispy, it was more chewy. I did not know what to expect on the inside, but it was difficult to discern the difference in tastes, just colors, of the 3 birds. The skin was left on the duck, so there was a thick layer of fat that I found myself hunting for to take off.

                    We purchased gravy from them as well, which was needed as there were no drippings at all.

                    the whole thing was very remarkable looking. the next day when we had our turducken sandwiches and sliced it cold really showed off the layers. The slices fell apart the night before. I miss not having turkey soup though. Not sure what else to do with the tons of leftovers....

                    take this all with a grain of salt as I am not a huge turkey fan, I would rather have a really nice prime rib roast any time!!

                    I will post a picture when I have them uploaded :)

                    1. re: cleopatra999


                      LOL...."75 -100 bones: "bones = dollars

                      I better lay off the "holiday cheer" as I did not pick up on that at all thinking that it dealt with all of the deboning least that is my excuse....

                      I do enjoy turkey but know exactly what you mean about the prime rib. I have a roast in the freezer that I was tempted to thaw and cook as I am craving red meat but said it was too big for two and I am tired of leftovers.

                      1. re: Bob Mac

                        Hey Bob. Sorry about the money reference. In my head I was playing on the fact that the turkey is de-boned, hence 75-100 bones or 75 to 100 dollars.

                      2. re: cleopatra999

                        here are our photos, very different looking than Lucki, but ours was a half....and not nearly as 'pretty'

                        1. re: cleopatra999

                          Thanks for the update. Turducken is quite the beast. Did you crank the heat (or put on the broiler) for the last 10 minutes to try for crispy skin? I think part of the flavour blend comes from all the animal fats mixing across the meats.

                          It's a once in a time thing for most..unless of course you carry a little packet of lipitor around with you. Which, I think explains where part of the turducken fuss comes from, as it's almost guaranteed to have no dry meat and, in turn, taste fantastic.

                          Now a big slice on fresh sourdough bread, with a smidgen of mango chutney. That might get me back in the turducken game!

                          1. re: cleopatra999

                            My brother-in-law ordered a turducken from the same place (Greisser Spoon). They delivered it to his home 5 days in advance. About a 7 Kg bird with the Italian sausage/bread stuffing. They cooked it low and slow - 12 hours at 200F (which meant he got up at 5:00 AM!). He also purchased the gravy from them.

                            Pretty cool looking bird! It didn't look very big, but it packed a lot of meat/stuffing in it. There were 9 adults and 8 kids, but it could have easily fed twice that many.

                            Everyone really liked it. Warning for little kids - the stuffing is a bit spicy because of the Italian sausage. Meat is very moist and tasty. I actually appreciated the fat! Contrary to popular belief, no need for the lipitor (cut down on your sugar and process food intake - buts that another debate!)

                            Definitely have a good carving knife to cut though, as it does fall apart.

                            Its something I wouldn't do all the time, but we definitely appreciate experiencing it.