As a special treat while my husband and I were visiting her, my sister-in-law served turducken for dinner. Stuffed turducken, that is. Now I had never experienced this mead-splosion before– stuffing in a duck in a chicken in a turkey, boneless in this case– but I’m also not against meat-splosions either so I was looking forward to seeing how this
delicacy unique roast would taste.
The meat came in some sort of seasoning and already strapped together (not sure which creature lent the skin to this but it was not attached to the flesh under it). While the package suggests cooking this for two hours, we wanted to speed the process up a little so my husband’s twin sister thought of putting it in this cast iron pot which is a fantastic idea for getting a roast well cooked faster. We also put it in at 400-degrees for 10 minutes before turning it down and cooking it. I believe in the end we cut off maybe 30 minutes of cook time successfully.
There was a decent amount of fat that had rendered from the roast and there wasn’t much browning going on. My sister-in-law set to work getting this all sliced up for serving and we were a little surprised to see pink in the middle which we later determined to be fully cooked duck.
As far as flavor goes, I don’t think any of us minded eating it but it was a little confusing. It’s virtually impossible to tell the difference between the turkey and chicken flesh (they taste the same after being roasted together) and everything had an essence of duck. We came to the conclusion that at least in this hunk of turducken there wasn’t much duck because only one or two of the four people eating the roast got a bite of it despite being able to taste that it was in there somewhere.
Will I be buying it and trying it again? Probably not. Mostly because if the occasion calls for turkey I now have my favorite way to roast a turkey (which I used again successfully for Christmas turkey) but it wasn’t a bad thing to eat. In fact, I’m glad I finally was able to experience turducken and that it was appropriately around the holidays.