The past few years a meaty extravaganza has been taking the foodie world by storm… the mighty turducken. A TURkey stuffed with a DUCK stuffed with a chickEN. Three roasts in one – what more could a meat lover ask for?! Well what about adding in some Italian sausage, and wrapping all of that in bacon? Oh my I’m in an instant meat coma and very hungry just thinking about it! Sound too meaty good to be true? Well thanks to Echelon Foods your meat dreams can come true this holiday season with their premium Bacon Wrapped Turducken.
The concept of a three bird roast has piqued my interest for a while now, but I have never actually tried a turducken and I have definitely never entertained the idea of making one. This girl knows her limitations and deboning a duck AND a chicken is one of them. While I may wear pearls, Julia Child I am not. Aside from the daunting task of deboning two birds, I was skeptical of how you could manage to cook the chicken without drying out the duck and overcooking the turkey. Overcooking duck is sacrilegious to me, and dry turkey is just plain awful. So the idea of a turducken was shelved as an interesting, yet impractical idea sort of like flying to New York for the weekend – interesting, definitely want to, but not at all practical or feasible without some serious planning.
Then I was introduced to Echelon Foods Turducken and the impractical and the impossible, became possible and very practical. All the work done for me, I just needed to cook and enjoy? And I could order online? Sold! I love to online shop, the Amazon app may actually be my downfall in life.. But I digress… Being able to online shop for meat seemed like a foodie dream come true, well a Canadian foodie dream as our online shopping is limited compared to our southern neighbours.
Sending out the dinner invitation for my inaugural turducken was the easiest dinner party I have ever put together. As a guest when there is a turducken on the table, you cancel your other plans. As a host the main protein is prepared for you, just a few sides like mashed potatoes, garlicky green beans and cranberry sauce and a table to set. Hosting doesn’t get much easier! In fact after selecting the slow roasting method and placing the turducken in the oven, we all headed out to a football game. It was Sunday at it’s finest.
So here is what I liked about my first turducken…
The ease of ordering. You can plan this meal from the comfort of your own home, no standing in long holiday check out lines for this bird(s). I ordered my turducken from Echelon Foods website at 11am on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 9:15am it was at my door. Packaged and shipped on dry ice, my first impression was a good one.
The presentation. If you tell your guests you are serving a turducken, they are going to be a) fighting for a spot at your table and b) impressed. As I mentioned above I know my limitations, and for some home cooks a turkey is their limitation. It’s big, intimidating, and stressful to cook for a large group I get it. Echelon’s turducken takes away that stress and it presents amazing well on your holiday table. Forget the centrepiece this year, just put down the turducken. And it is easy peasy to carve, which is major plus for the turducken if you are worried about butchering another turkey.
The gravy. The drippings made the most delicious gravy. Gravy is my thing. Not to brag, but I make a good gravy. And this was one of my favorites. So so so good. If you choose a turducken this holiday season, make gravy with the drippings. Trust me.
They support local. While I was initially a little skeptical of this frozen bird, one the factors that encouraged me to give it a try was the inclusion of Spolumbo’s sausage. Spolumbo’s sausage from Calgary, Alberta is a favorite local shop of mine and I was pleased to see Echelon Foods including their high quality product.
So what didn’t I love…
The price. Don’t get me wrong I appreciate you have to pay for quality, and there is a lot that goes into producing a turducken, however I imagine the $100 price tag to feed 8-10 people would be prohibitive to most. Usually I purchase a fresh turkey, which is also pricey, but my $4.50/lbs fresh turkey goes a lot further than this meal.
The sausage. Yes, yes I know I just said that I liked the sausage. But there was too much of it in our turducken and the flavor of the Italian sausage overwhelmed the other meat flavors. I think you need the sausage, and I actually credit the sausage with keeping the turkey moist, it just needs less of it.
The time. It takes a long, long time to cook. I did select the slow roast method, but it took an hour longer to cook than the instructions indicated. So be sure to give yourself some extra time, and if not definitely hope you have some cheese on hand!
So the big question: would I cook a turducken again…
And the answer is yes. I definitely want to try some of the other options available from Echelon Foods, I think the chicken and apple sausage (my favorite Spolumbo’s sausage of all!) would be the best and perhaps what I should have ordered first… Don’t you hate when you order wrong?
If you are looking for an easy, impressive alternative to a roast turkey this holiday season I would suggest you try an Echelon Foods Turducken.
Thanks Echelon Foods for giving us the opportunity to try the Bacon Wrapped Turducken!