This Bacon Wrapped Turducken Roast was provided by Echelon Foods in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
I know from the recipes I’ve shared here it looks a little like my family survives on sugar and snacks. Cookies are my kryptonite, but we eat normal food too. Sometimes we even get a little adventurous with it, which is why we recently had our first taste of Turducken, courtesy of Echelon Foods.
If you’ve never heard of Turducken, let me fill you in. The name is a composite of the different birds used in preparing it – turkey, duck and chicken. The way I understood it was done was that the chicken was stuffed inside the duck, which was then stuffed into the turkey. While that is one method, thankfully the one we received was a little different. From the Echelon Foods website:
“These turducken roasts are composed of turkey breast that is wrapped in bacon and layered with boneless, skinless chicken breast meat, boneless, skinless duck breast meat, more bacon inside and stuffed with an Italian sausage mixture.”
No bones, some of each kind of meat in each slice, dressing inside and wrapped in bacon. Bacon. We were so in.
The turducken arrived frozen, wrapped well in a styrofoam cooler and surrounded by dry ice.
We decided this was the sort of thing that should be shared, so we invited a couple of our friends over to join us. I was at a fabric shop teaching a class that day, so my husband was in charge of cooking. He went with the low and slow cooking method for the roast, so you can imagine how my house smelled when I walked in. He also made homemade cheesy bread rolls and oven roasted potatoes and squash. Sorry ladies, he’s all mine.
The roast said it would easily serve 10. I was skeptical, but they’re absolutely right. There were four of us, and we had more than half of it left over. I have to say, I’m not normally a fan of duck, but this was delicious. Three out of the four of us liked it, with the holdout being the guy who spent the day cooking it. He thought is was okay. Our friends said it would be a great addition to a Superbowl party or other special event.
The turducken is definitely on the spendy side. It’s not something you’d have for Tuesday night dinner though, but at a time when you’d splurge on a special item anyway. Our cook thought the directions could have been more clear. He wasn’t sure whether to cover it or not, but cooking it for the first hour covered, then the rest uncovered, seemed to work out fine. It was a little difficult to slice because the different meats wanted to fall apart. However, we all tried each kind of meat and a bit of dressing. I wish we would have thought to make some gravy from the drippings in the pan. I’m sure it would have been fantastic.
This was definitely a little out of the norm for us, but my thanks to Echelon Foods for letting us try something new, unique and tasty!