Monday, December 28, 2009




Tis' the season to be jolly!!

I love this time of the year where my creative juices go on overdrive to prepare for the Christmas celebrations. Every year the W and I get into baking mode to use as gifts, and brain storm to think of a new dish to contribute to the annual family feast.

THE ORIGINAL ORDER (turkey, duck, chicken).

This year we went out on a limb, as we didn't have (or look for) any recipe, so went in blind folded. Both clans have shown some interest for Turducken, which is Chicken stuffed into a Duck stuffed into a Turkey. As we usually spend a lot of the day traveling between the two clans, roasting the infamous 3-in-1 bird was not an option due to the 4-6hrs roasting time it needed per bird per family. We opted to make an alternate roulade, only using the breast meat of each bird to form a football sized roast.


It was fascinating reading the origins of the Turducken. Some other interesting facts shown below:
"South African dish employed the turkey-duck-chicken combination but went a step further and stuffed it into an ostrich. (The result, obviously, was an osturducken.) An old feast dish in the Republic of Georgia consists of an ox stuffed in succession with a calf, a lamb, a turkey, a goose, a duck, and finally a chicken. A traditional wedding dish in West Africa was a camel stuffed with, among other things, a sheep, a few buzzards, and several carp."


The risk of pulling off this dish was a fine line between overcooking the breast meat of the 3 birds and serving salmonella 3-ways!!


Our trial roast was also up against the power players of fresh prawns, salmon sashimi, and a lamb roast, along with an array of other impressive dishes. I was relieved to find that there was no pork roast submission this year otherwise our baby roast would have lost for sure (I was sad though on missing pork crackle this year :( ). Our other obstacle was that the butcher sold us duck medallions which ended up being the smallest breast of the 3 birds. So our roast was unmasked as the freakishly named Chiturduck!! (sounds like a 3-in-1 swear word to me). My decision to warm it in the oven of its destination was also a bad one. It resulted in overcooking the outer chicken layer.


Even though, in my opinion, we ended up creating the Quasimodo of turduckens I was happy we managed to pull it off. On a plus the stuffing had a good combination of flavours and the sour dough did make a difference to the overall flavour. You could actually taste the difference between the 3 meats and I was impressed on how the roast managed to hold together. The accompaniment of cranberry sauce also managed the hydrate the dryness of the outer chicken breast.

ChiTurDuck (the Quasimodo version of Turducken)
  • 1 turkey breast
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 duck medallion (or breast if you want to do it properly)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 3 cups of sour dough bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of Thyme
  • 1/2 cup of Pine Nuts, roasted
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries or crasins
  • 3 rashers of bacon
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Cook in frying pan the bacon until crisp
  • Add remaining stuffing ingredients, and fry until well mixed and cooked, set aside to cool
  • Butterfly the breast of each bird, cover with a plastic bag and hammer the meat thin using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Try to get the thickness of each breast roughly the same.
  • Layer each breast piece, in order, and fill with the stuffing
  • Tie up the roast
  • Massage the roast with olive oil, salt and pepper
  • Cook for roughly 45-60 mins or until cooked through.


Till next time..we eat!!



  1. Fantastic! I've always wanted to see a turducken, and I knew a food blogger would one day be game enough to attempt it! LOL. I'm glad it turned out okay too! And thanks for mentioning the other stuffed meat dishes like the osturducken, which sounds ridiculous! Merry Xmas and Happy 2010!

  2. i was wondering if anyone was going to make one of these this year. well done hehe :-)

  3. love the bird inside a bird - my (chef) brother cooks ours each year and this year he did a duck within a duck - though we've done turducken before - he stuffed our duck within a duck with cherries and pistachios.

    I didn't blog it as he cooked it, but I did blog the dessert which took on a form of its own as the night went on ...

    Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  4. It's just one of those things that have to be tried to be understood. Simon from The Heart Of Food made one recently wrapped in pastry as his Daring Cooks challenge - it makes for very informative and entertaining reading.

  5. That's the neatest stringing I've seen..mine always goes askew! Wish I was there for the eatin'

  6. Hehe I so wanted to make one of these but just didn't have the energy! Thanks for sharing your method and recipe! Maybe next year! :D

  7. Challenges you faced aside, this looks like it was a good effort. However, thighs would have been more forgiving in the overcooking department.

    It's an interesting blend of flavours, huh? :)

  8. The whole HOG next year guys, hehe!

  9. Hi Joey - Yep I'm the blogger crazy enough to try it lol. The others do sound ridiculous, though the "crazy" side of me is quite intrigued. Happy 2010 to you too!!

    Hi Simon - it was more like "attempt" than "make", thanks!!

    Hi Rebecca - I like the sound of what your chef-brother cooks. I was going to try duck stuffed chicken wings next any tips :)

    Hi Mademoiselle delicieuse - Yeah, I found his blog the following night, missed it by that much!!

    Hi Belly Rumbles - Thanks!! nice to see you here.

    Hi HB - It was a very unorthodox method and needed two pairs of hands lol. Next time gadget!!

    Hi Lorraine - He he, I'm suprised you manage all that you do lol. My pleasure, I'll look out for yours next year :)

    Hi Simon - Dude, I found your blog the night after - yours looked awesome. What a bummer, your tips would have come in handy. Maybe thighs next attempt. A unique flavour indeed :)

    Hi Yaya - Did you mean to stuff it into a "whole hog" next year ha ha ha!! I'm game if you are?