Seeing as how I'm the "Fake-It Frugal Lady" now, I decided that it was high time that I learned how to make my own Turducken, so I did some research:
First, I watched this video on how to de-bone a chicken.
Next, I read this article about how to de-bone a turkey.
Finally, I read this article about putting together the Turducken.
I felt totally prepared to tackle this feat. I mean, how hard could it be???
I assembled my three fowls and two stuffings (family stuffing & cornbread stuffing).
I started with the duck to practice my de-boning technique. It was going well until I had to start breaking some of the bones to pull them out of the duck. That turned my stomach a bit... OK, that turned my stomach a lot!
I was in too deep to stop now, though, so I forged ahead with the turkey. I couldn't quite get the entire breast bone out without destroying the shape, so I left that piece in.
Instead of de-boning an entire chicken as well, I decided to "fake it" and use a chicken cutlet.
I then proceeded to layer the turkey according to the instructions: Turkey, Stuffing, Duck, Stuffing, Chicken.
As gross as the de-boning process was, it was the sewing up of the Turducken skin that did me in. All I could think of was Silence of the Lambs and that dude who was making a dress out of women! Terrible!!!
|Credit: Rob's Movie Vault|
I apologize for not having any photos of my final product. I was too grossed out by that time to take any pictures!
The Turducken did retain it's shape and my family thought it was delicious - even better than the store-bought one. But, was all my preparation angst worth it? Check out the Breakdown below!
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
DIY Turducken (Turkey $12.00, Duck $12.00, Chicken $4.00)
Total Fake-It Cost: $28.00
Compare to the Cajun Grocer's Turducken ($59.95 + Overnight Shipping $59.44)
Total Fake-It Savings: $91.39
OK, Yes, it was definitely worth it!!!
Do you think YOU have the courage to make your own Turducken?
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