I'm fascinated by the turducken. Yes, it sounds like a swear word, but it isn't. Apparently it's a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey. I'm sure this requires a lot of planning & finding just the right size of bird. What I'm unsure of who thought that this was necessary?
Who ate turkey & thought "Hmmm, that just wasn't filling enough, I need some chicken" Apparently one serving of this thing is 1733 calories & 111 grams of fat. Has anyone tried this before?
Other items of note from wikipedia:
- Gurduken: goose stuffed with turkey, stuffed with duck, stuffed with chicken
- Turduckendorpheail: turducken stuffed with cornish game hen, which is stuffed with pheasant, which is stuffed with quail.
- Osturduckncorpheail: Ostrich stuffed with turkey which is stuffed with duck which is stuffed with chicken.
- An English chef called Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall invented the turgoduckmaguikenantidgeonck which consists of turkey, goose, duck, mallard, guineafowl, chicken, pheasant, partridge, pigeon, woodcock
- The largest recorded nested bird roast is 17 birds, attributed to a royal feast in France in the 19th century:
a bustergophechiduckneaealcockidgeoverwingailusharkolanbler (originally called a Rôti Sans Pareil, or "Roast without equal") - a bustard stuffed with a turkey, a goose, a pheasant, a chicken, a duck, a guinea fowl, a teal, a woodcock, a partridge, a plover, a lapwing, a quail, a thrush, a lark, an Ortolan Bunting and a Garden Warbler. The final bird is small enough that it can be stuffed with a single olive; it also suggests that, unlike modern multi-bird roasts, there was no stuffing or other packing placed in between the birds. This dish probably could not be recreated in the modern era as many of the listed birds are now protected speciesHappy thanksgiving everyone!