Fad-Tastic! Turducken

    November 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

    There is a reason they are called fads. It’s because they disappeared just as quickly as they blew up in popularity.

    Today’s Subject: Turducken

    A turducken is a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which is then stuffed into a de-boned turkey. The cavity of the chicken/game hen and the rest of the gaps are stuffed, usually with a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage. The word turducken is a portmanteau of turkey, duck, and chicken or hen.

    I’m calling it a fad because, while its origins do trace back to 18th century, it seems like over the past decade or so turducken has become recognizable to the average American and even momentarily replaced the traditional Thanksgiving turkey. It’s probably thanks to retired NFL analyst John Madden who made mention of the turducken on air, then started handing them out as “Game MVP” awards to winning players on Thanksgiving NFL broadcasts.

    Some things you might not have known about Turducken

    “In his 1807 gastronomist Grimod de La Reynière presented his rôti sans pareil (“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.” I think I just threw up a little.

    “Claims that Cajun-creole fusion chef Paul Prudhomme created the turducken dish as part of the festival Duvall Days in Duvall, Washington in 1983 are unverified.” Yeah! So pipe down Paul!

    “A November 2005 National Geographic article by Calvin Trillin traced the American origins of the dish to “Hebert’s Specialty Meats” in Maurice, Louisiana.” Louisiana…why am I not surprised?

    “Turducken is often associated with the “do-it-yourself” outdoor food culture also associated with barbecueing.” Is anything not associated with BBQ?

    “As their popularity has spread from Louisiana to the rest of the Deep South and beyond, they have become available through specialty stores in urban areas or by mail order.” So it’s a chicken, duck and turkey stuffed in a mail box? Turduckenbox?

    “Turducken references are frequently made concerning non-food elements “stuffed” into others. On Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, correspondent Aasif Mandvi suggested that the Kurds, Iraq and Turkey should form a single nation and call it Turducken.” Ok. That’s funny.

    “On the 2010 Thanksgiving episode of How I Met Your Mother, Ted fixes a parody dish: turturkeykey. It consists of one turkey stuffed inside another turkey.” And that’s just to show an example of something that isn’t funny.

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