What the Hay?




A TURDUCKEN is three birds nested together. The  tur is (turkey). The duck is (duck). The en is (chicken).


A deboned turkey that’s stuffed with a deboned duck that’s stuffed with a deboned chicken. The cavity of the chicken is usually filled with sausage, breadcrumbs, or stuffing. Born in the South in the 1980s, it can be braised, roasted, grilled, or barbecued. Many people serve a turducken in place of the turkey on Thanksgiving.

From The Cartoon Lounge – The New Yorker

November 19, 2008

More on Turducken

I have to say the whole idea of turducken grosses me out a little. Maybe it’s because it starts with the word “t–d.”

But just the idea of stuffing one animal carcass into the hollowed out cavity of another seems disturbing to me. It’s like something from a horror film. It’s like those Russian dolls that fit inside each other except it’s made of pimpled, pink poultry flesh. But if you’re into that sort of thing, why stop with just three birds? How about this—how about you cram a quail into the chicken and then you’ve got yourself turduckenquail. I’d even go a step further and farther afield and stuff the quail with a shrimp.

What else? Maybe wrap the shrimp in bacon? Then stick the whole thing in a goat in a pig in a cow and then deep fry that sucker.


Posted by Matthew Diffee

TURDUCKEN at the History Channel

Paula Deen’s TURDUCKEN Recipe


Another TURDUCKEN Recipe


No TURDUCKEN  at our house.

 We’ll feast on turkey and ham.

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20 Responses to What the Hay?

  1. Jayne says:

    wow, how interesting ! Thankyou for sharing Patricia 🙂

  2. bamacatlover says:

    Sounds interesting but I prefer plain old Turkey,   hugs, S

  3. Michiko's says:

    It always nice to have new ways of cooking it sound yummy!
    Happy Thanksgiving day with your family and your friends,

  4. Beth says:

    May I have ham please????
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Pat!

  5. JoAnn says:

    Wonder what part of the South it was born in…..I never heard of such!  I\’ll pas on this one.  Just gimme a plain ol\’ turkey!  Wishing you and your a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.  Hugs

  6. Sara says:

    No wonder I love salads so much. I think I will be eating just that from now on. actually no I\’m not. But yeah, just a plain turkey is fine. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!

  7. Lynne says:

    My sister-in-law had actually thought about serving a turducken for dinner today, then "chickened" out when she priced them. She "ducked" out by opting to serve the traditional bird. What a "turkey"!

  8. Susan says:

    Turducken?  For real?  Oh my….Like JoAnn, I, too, will just take plain old turkey. 
    Happy Turkey Day!

  9. Babblelot says:

    I\’ve heard of it but never done it. Loved the cartoon by the way…Lol.

  10. Bittersweet on-the-hill. says:

    Hello Patricia,
    Well…..I must admit it is an interesting read!  Laughing with you.  I was fascinated with your November snow pictures. Isn\’t it a bit early for that in your neck of the woods?  We expecting our really first snow this Sunday night into Monday. It really depends on the Canadian Chinooks. If they dip down into upstate NY then we can expect a few inches.  There is nothing as beautiful as the first snowfall; there is a delicateness and solace that only snow can bring.
    I hope your Thanksgiving was an enjoyable one shared with family and friends.  I\’m still enjoying the left-overs which is sometimes the best part.  I can\’t imagine going out for Thanksgiving and not having the left-overs to savor.
    I enjoyed your snow pictures and the scenery.  Are those scenes from your property?  I particularly enjoyed the stream and farm scenes.  Nicely done.  You take care.   Bittersweet from upstate NY.

  11. Charlotte says:

    Oh, I have never tried that kind of birds all together… I saw it for the first time on the food network.  Must me SUUUUTHERN?  I don\’t know if I\’d like it or not but of course would have to try it at least once if someone made it.  Hope you are having a goooood weekend. hugs, lottemae

  12. Unknown says:

    I don\’t believe I would care for that, to tell the truth.

  13. Michiko's says:

    Hi Pat! I hope your thankgiving was a wonderful time with your family, And still having a good times?
    Enjoy your weekend,

  14. Lizzie-Beth4Him says:

    I\’m curious enough to want to taste it but would never want to make it.  I\’m with you on  the sticking with turkey and ham.  Since we watch the "Food Network"  I\’ve seen it made but I like your video version best and had a hearty laugh over this blog.  Thanks for an enjoyable experience.  I do hope your Thankgiving was an especially blessed one.

  15. Cheryl says:

    Many years ago I ate this.  I mean it was well over 30 years ago.  As I recall it there was a duck in a turkey but notthe chicken. I remember it was a big event at Thanksgiving one year…..Can\’t remember who was over but I think I was a teen then.  A LONG time ago…

  16. Unknown says:

    Hiya thanks for the giggle, it\’s a great blog would love to try it but not to make I don\’t think my culinary skills would reach that far hehe

  17. ♥♥♥♥♥___♥♥♥♥♥ says:

    that turkey looks so nice to eat…..really hungry now…!!

  18. Millie says:

    No thanks….I\’ll have a BLT. Glad I finally got you back as a space friend.

  19. J W says:

    During my many months in the jungles of southeast Asia I ate some fairly gross things to maintain protein, but I prefer those bugs and grubs to this recipe you so aptly have prohibited from your dinner table. Hmmmm…..makes me want to eat soda crackers and peanut butter for a few days!! I\’m with Millie, a BLT sounds like a fillet compared to that. Good to have found you again amid all this confusion. How is "little gal?"John

  20. LAIRD says:

    "Must me SUUUUTHERN" – Just passing through and cannot resist commenting on how parochial americans are. . . The founding father\’s would have been familiar with, but not wealthy enough, to partake of the medieval receipe which started with a song bird stuffed in a larger one until you finish up with a swan ! Hay Ho Nonny No. good wishes for the festive season…

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