The Christmas Turbaconucken 2012: Part One

I’ve always wanted to cook a turducken. Or, wrapped in bacon, a Turbaconucken. It’s a chicken, stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey. So this is one to tick off the bucket list.

I don’t have the mad deboning skillz to produce a fully-fledged bird shaped delight. So this year I settled for a Turbaconucken Roll.

I’m cooking it tomorrow, with a maple glaze for our family Christmas. So I’ll post some photos, and if required, a post-mortem, tomorrow.

Special thanks to my sister Susie, her boyfriend Rohan, and my patient wife for bringing this all together.

But here’s our ingredients:

Meat

  • Turkey breast x 4
  • Duck breast (de-skinned – I’m attempting to turn the skin into some duck salt) x 4
  • Chicken breast x 4
  • 500gm Bacon Rashers

Stuffing

  • Breadcrumbs (we just cooked some white bread in the oven for a while and then food processed them).
  • Egg x 3
  • Butter (soft or melted)
  • Garlic
  • Pistachio Dukkah

We didn’t have any onions. So I put quite a bit of garlic in.

Split stuffing into three bowls…

  • 1st bowl – add 1 Jar Cranberry Sauce
  • 2nd bowl – add 3/4 Jar Plum Sauce
  • 3rd bowl – add nothing.

Glaze

  • Equal parts Maple Syrup and Butter.

I also picked up some cooking string to bring this all together.

Method.

  • Mix the ingredients of the stuffing together in a big bowl.
  • Bash the life out of the meat until it is as flat as you can get it.
  • Lay out a grid of string.
  • Lay Bacon rashers in a square.
  • Lay out the Turkey fillets – inside the bacon rashers (ie with some bacon overhanging on all sides).
  • Apply layer of Cranberry stuffing.
  • Lay out Duck fillets.
  • Apply layer of Plum stuffing.
  • Lay out Chicken breasts
  • Apply a pile of plain stuffing “on the fold” of the square you’ve made.
  • Fold like a taco.
  • Tie strings together until you’ve got a nice package.

We wrapped ours in glad wrap. Like a sausage. And I’ll be cooking it in the oven tomorrow. I have a meat thermometer.

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Nathan runs St Eutychus. He loves Jesus. His wife. His daughter. His son. His other daughter. His dog. Coffee. And the Internet. He is the campus pastor at Creek Road South Bank, a graduate of Queensland Theological College (M. Div) and the Queensland University of Technology (B. Journ). He spent a significant portion of his pre-ministry-as-a-full-time-job life working in Public Relations, and now loves promoting Jesus in Brisbane and online. He can't believe how great it is that people pay him to talk and think about Jesus.