Turducken -- Good or just a novelty.
I host Christmas dinner each year for 12+ people, and every year I like to do something different. In the recent past I've done the usual rib roasts, plus saurbraten, crown pork roast, roast goose, and grilled whole filets.
Recently on a regional board someone inquired about obtaining a turducken for thanksgiving and that got me thinking about buying one for Christmas, one that came fully assembled. I think that a couple of markets around here may carry them, but I also see ads for places like the CajunGrocer.com which was highly rated by the Wall Street Journal recently. I figured that by buying it all assembled (bird complete with stuffing) I'd be saving a lot of time both as far as prep and even carving was concerned.
But I was wondering what the experience any CHers might have had with turduckens. The one WSJ reported on had cornbread stuffing with a bit of pork in it apparently. If you've tried them, do you feel that they're good, or just a novelty?
To see the WSJ review, click on the Wall Street Journal link from the page below:
I hate them.
If I want to eat turkey, I'll make a turkey and make it properly.
If I want a duck, I'll roast a duck and do it right with a nice crispy skin and with the fat rendered out nicely.
Ditto with chicken. Roast the bird spread eagle, and then serve.
And if I wanted all three -- a turkey, a duck, and a chicken -- then I'll buy each separately, prep each separately, and cook each separately. They deserve as much, and so do my guests (and tummy).
If you wanted a screwdriver to fix your car for the most important drive of the year, would you buy a Swiss Army knife?
If you wanted to open a bottle of wine, for that glorious anniversary celebration, would you rely on the silly corkscrew in that Swiss Army knife?
I've never had a good experience with turducken. Never made it myself (or ordered it online pre-assembled), but it just doesn't taste very good.
Just my 0.02.
To me it is a novelty..I had some that we OK but I;d rather have a good duck I shot myself...or a rib roast
ITA with ipsedixit on every iota.
I ordered a turducken "breast roll" as a smaller option than the whole bird(s) because there were only three of us. It was the size of a pigeon. And half of it was stuffing. It was supposed to feed 6, but due to the stuffing/meat ratio, we each got a serving and scraps for the dog.
It was not a delightful experience. There was no taste distinction between the turkey/chicken and duck, and it boasted a 1,400mg/per serving dose of sodium. $51 I'll never get back.
That, and the instructions were totally wrong. Someone didn't do their homework. Instrux said to defrost overnight in the fridge; it took two days, incl. 1/2 day at room temp. It said to cook for 2 hours; took 3 to reach proper temp, and our oven is correctly calibrated. UGH. never again.
I'm going to jump in here and give my observation. Never having had one I will offer my opinion only. This whole turduken thing is not unlike the phenomonon caused by chef Prudhomme the first time he burned a rockfish and that started the "blackened" frenzy. John Madden presents a turducken to a bunch of footbal players and now you get the picture. I'm right up there with ipsedixit. It's a good revenue generator for these "cajun" outlets but I don't see "cajuns" falling all over themselves to make and much less eat a turducken. 'nuff said.
I have cooked a frozen turducken twice and thought it ws great both times, as did everyone who I served it to. Will probably do another one this Christmas.