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Turducken Reco's - What Brand?

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Turducken Reco's - What Brand?

edwardspk | Nov 26, 2012 10:24 AM

After my niece made a special request for a turcken this Thanksgiving, I prepared the Big Easy Foods Tur-Duck-Hen, which I found at the grocery store for $60 (15 lbs). Having read online mixed reviews, I was dubious but willing to risk it.

Overall, the bird turned out fine (i heeded the advice about cooking time and temperature). I thought the meats and dressings tasted good, but I was a little disappointed about the ratio of meat to dressing - way more dressing than meat. The meat layers were on the thin side, and I never really did identify the chicken. And this one seemed to have a duck breast in the middle, not the entire duck wrapped around a chicken.

From what I can tell, there is a wide variation in quality across purveyors. So if you good CHers could chime in with what brand or provider of turducken you've had, and whether or not you would use the same one again, it would be very helpful.

At this point, I do plan to do a turducken when I host Thanksgiving again next year, but I will probably do something other than the Big Easy Foods brand. So I'm on the quest to find other good options, or to possibly have a butcher debone the three birds for me and make my own. Although, I'd rather avoid all that work if it's possible to find a good bird that is truly the whole 3 birds stuffed one inside the other, as opposed to pieces of duck and chicken stuffed inside a turkey

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