I recently tried a famous Turducken from Louisiana’s Cajun Grocer, and this Family Savvy review will give you the inside scoop!
A turducken is a Cajun specialty consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck stuffed into a deboned turkey. I’ve wanted to try turducken forever, but I wanted an authentic Cajun one~done right. My search for the best turducken led me to Cajun Grocer, an authentic online retailer that delivers Cajun and Creole specialties right to customers’ front doors.
Named “best turducken” by The Wall Street Journal, this Cajun Grocer specialty has garnered hundreds of rave reviews and a huge following. It was an easy choice for me to pick a Cajun Grocer turducken for my very first experience with this novel meat roulade.
I ordered the turducken a few weeks before serving it at the Founder’s Investment Banking annual Christmas party. It came to my front door perfectly packed, frozen and intact (see below):
I placed the turducken immediately into my outside freezer which stays at 0 degrees.
Which turducken to buy? Cajun Grocer’s #1 seller is the turducken with Creole Pork & Cornbread; its #2 seller is the turducken with cornbread stuffing. Being new to turducken, I decided to cut my teeth on the cornbread only version. The turduckens come in 15 and 10 pound sizes, and smaller meat rolls can also be purchased.
Taste/ Flavor: The marriage of these three meats yields quite an impressive outcome. The turducken was savory, succulent and delicious. It had a wonderfully crisp skin, and despite my cooking it way beyond the recommended time (more on that later), it was fall apart tender. The dressing was perfectly seasoned and plentiful; almost every bite of meat had a bit of dressing with it. The overall flavor was rich and the seasoning was perfect~not too spicy but not one bit bland.
Thawing is a major consideration and planning ahead is crucial if serving the turducken on a specific day. I put my turducken in the fridge for 3 days (72 hours), thinking that it would completely thaw. Even after this long, it was slightly frozen; therefore, I had to place it (in its plastic wrap) in a sink full of cold water for about an hour to thaw completely.
Cooking: First: I cooked my turducken a bit differently than as directed. I cooked it for 3 hours (wrapped in foil) on 350 degrees and then for 2-3 more hours on 275. Then I broiled on low until the skin was golden. I checked the internal temp until it read 165 between the leg and the breast. I allowed the turducken to rest for half an hour, well wrapped, at room temp before serving. Second: The turducken releases tons of fat and drippings, so roast this in a deep pan. I came into a smoke filled kitchen when drippings spilled over the cookie sheet that I was using and all over the inside of the oven. It was a headache, but I know now how to avoid this with future turduckens:-)
Serving is easy, but you’ll need a large serving platter and an electric knife. Thankfully, someone brought one to the party to slice the turducken, and after seeing how handy it was, I ordered this one on amazon for myself.
In a nutshell: The turducken is a novel, delicious, and unique . Not only is this a great treat to serve your own family, but it also would make a wonderful holiday or corporate gift. Who wouldn’t love to have this delivered to their front door along with a few Cajun sides? There are several gift options available in several price ranges, making it easy to send a Cajun treat someone’s way.
I asked Duane Donnor, a Cajun connoisseur who made and sold his own turduckens years ago, to share his thoughts on turducken and specifically give his opinion of the Cajun Grocer one that we enjoyed at the party. Take note: in the video, the turducken has been pretty much devoured, so what is on the platter is basically all that was left…..
For more info on a Cajun Grocer turducken or other Cajun/Creole specialty, visit www.cajungrocer.com. If you try one, please let me hear back from you; I’d love to hear your thoughts! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!