Special Grandpa’s Turducken

Preparation time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 4 hours

Serves: 12-14

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups prepared savory bread stuffing (room temperature, divided)
  • 2 cups prepared cornbread stuffing (room temperature, divided)
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3 cloves garlic (quartered)
  • 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 7 to 9 kg turducken
  • 1 tablespoon browning sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

METHOD

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Measure out 2 1/4 cups of bread stuffing and set aside in a bowl. Place 1 1/2 cups of the cornbread stuffing aside in another bowl.
  3. Place the remaining 1/2 cup of bread stuffing in a third bowl and add the remaining 1/2 cup of the cornbread stuffing. Add the whole berry cranberry sauce and pecans and toss gently to combine. You should now have 3 separate bowls of stuffings.
  4. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the butter, garlic, sage, and thyme until the herbs are finely chopped.
  5. Gently run your hand under the turkey skin to make sort of a pocket, but do not separate the skin completely from the meat. Distribute the butter herb mixture evenly under the skin.
  6. Rub the skin with the browning sauce, then the olive oil. Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
  7. Flip the turkey over so it is open and skin-side down. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Preheat oven to 150C.
  9. Spread bread stuffing evenly over the turkey cavity. Place duck on top of bread stuffing, skin-side down.
  10. Spread the cranberry nut stuffing on top of the open duck cavity. Top with the chicken, skin-side down.
  11. Spread cornbread stuffing on top of the open chicken cavity. Skewer the back of the chicken closed.
  12. Bring up the sides of the duck to cover the chicken. Skewer the back of the duck closed.
  13. Repeat the process with the turkey.
  14. Carefully turn the turducken over, so it is seam-side down and breast-side up. Remove all skewers except the last one holding the turkey together.
  15. Place turducken in a heavy roaster. Roast 3 to 4 hours, until a meat thermometer inserted in the very center of the chicken stuffing, reaches 70C.
  16. Baste once per hour with pan juices. If turducken begins to get too brown, tent loosely with heavy-duty aluminum foil that has been coated with vegetable spray.
  17. Let the turducken rest 30 minutes before carving.
  18. Slice the turducken across the breast to show off each layer.
  19. Serve and enjoy!

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