First published Dec 2011.
Scroll down for a quick video tutorial on the assembly.
TURDUCKEN – that would be TURkey, DUCK and chickEN. However, the combination of birds varies according to the cook, the number of diners and availability. Not to mention size of oven!
A 3-bird roast usually entails having a larger bird stuffed with a smaller bird, which is then stuffed with a couple of breasts of the third bird, with stuffing between all layers. The variations or combination is completely up to you. I have done:
- turkey, duck, chicken (the real Turducken)
- duck, chicken, pheasant breasts (today’s recipe)
- duck, chicken, partridge breasts
- turkey, chicken, duck breasts
How to cook Turducken
A roast totalling 3 kg would feed around 8-10 people. We cook it in exactly the same way one would a standard bird, varying the time slightly. There are various schools of thought here, some like to do an initial blast in the oven, some like an even medium-high temperature all the way through and then there’s the low and long group! I’m somewhere between 1 & 2!
If you are not handy at deboning, get your butcher to bone the birds you’ll be using, telling him how many people you’d like to feed, make sure to tell him to save the bones for that gravy you’ll be making from scratch! See our Easy Make Ahead Gravy recipe here.
In the recipe here, we’ve got duck, chicken and pheasant breasts, as well as 2 different types of stuffing. You can stick with one stuffing, if you like. I used the very traditional Sage, Onion and Sausagement Stuffing as well as a variation of that: Spicy Chorizo Stuffing. You can use any sausages for the chorizo stuffing, as we add chilli to the mix too.
How to serve Turducken or 3-bird Roast
The same way you would your roast turkey, roast goose or any other roast your family traditionally has at Christmas. We serve the Royal Roast with the usual suspects like roast potatoes, gravy, extra stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. For ideas, head on to the Christmas Page for recipes like:
Turducken, Royal Roast or Three Bird Roast, is a magnificent alternative to your standard Christmas or Thanksgiving Roast. A bird, in a bird, in a bird! Total time does not include 30 minutes of resting after cooking.
Turducken/Royal Roast/Three Bird Roast
Turducken, Royal Roast or Three Bird Roast, is a magnificent alternative to your standard Christmas or Thanksgiving Roast. A bird, in a bird, in a bird!
Total time does not include 30 minutes of resting after cooking.