What Birds Are in a Turducken? What Dish Outdoes It?


Consider the dish named with one of the greatest portmanteaus of all time: the turducken.

If you’ve never heard of turducken and you are a meat lover, prepare to rejoice. A turducken is a de-boned chicken (or hen) stuffed into a de-boned duck, which is then stuffed into a de-boned turkey.

Are three meats still sounding pedestrian? Well, try this on for size.

A gastronomist in the early 19th century wrote about his rôti sans pareil. This “roast without equal” is a bustard, stuffed with a turkey, a goose, a pheasant, a chicken, a duck, a guinea fowl, a teal, a woodcock, a partridge, a plover, a lapwing, a quail, a thrush, a lark, an ortolan bunting, and a garden warbler.

Since some of the ingredients are now considered endangered, you can’t exactly whip up this meat bonanza in your kitchen. (No need to disinvite the vegetarians yet.) But you get the point. The imagination is the limit to the number of meats that you could stuff into a ballotine.

This isn’t quite the same thing, but “turducken” reminds us of one of our other favorite animal hybrid words, zedonk. A zedonk, of course, is the product of a donkey and a zebra. What then is a liger, a zebrula, or a dzo? Find out here.

If you’ve got a little extra cash to spend, you could also go for the gooducken, which is a goose stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken.

Have any questions regarding Thanksgiving comestibles? Let us know. And what will be your main protein on the table Thursday night?

Good looks, pampering for men.(Merchandising; interest in male grooming industry trend)

Mass Market Retailers March 22, 2004 NEW YORK — The increasing feeling among men that good looks and good health go together is driving sales of electric razors, say experts on the category.

Men’s desire for a close shave that also treats their skin well is behind the phenomenon, say the experts, explaining that the macho appeal of a wet shave is waning as men increasingly appreciate the comfort of an electric shave.

“The razor wars are in full swing,” comments Steven George, director of marketing for Norelco Consumer Products Co., which has just launched the Cool Skin Shaving System. The system promises a shave that is as close as a blade’s but with less irritation.

“Cool Skin,” he adds, “is the latest chapter in the razor wars.” The introduction meshes with men’s heightened concern with how they look and feel, says George. Men have been freed to relate their overall well-being to their appearance in ways they never could before, he says. this web site facial hair styles

Such shows as “Queer Eye for The Straight Guy,” have exposed men’s vulnerability to not keeping up with fashions, he says.

Other evidence of the trend is the emergence of upscale barbershops and spa/boutiques for men in New York and Miami.

“That used to be the territory of women and now mainstream society is giving men permission to go there,” says George. go to web site facial hair styles

In that same vein men are increasingly purchasing skin care products for their distinctive needs. Skin care lines under the Nivea (Beiersdorf Inc.) and Neutrogena brand umbrellas are among those targeting men.

“Cool Skin plays very much into that,” George comments. “It’s about a close and comfortable shave, but it delivers an experience as well–a revitalization and rejuvenation of the skin.” The appeal of electric razors is borne out by sales data from ACNielsen. Volume of electric razors in food, drug and discount outlets excluding Wal-Mart Stores Inc. jumped 7.8% to $407 million in the year ended February 21, according to Nielsen. That is a dramatic turnaround from the prior year, when sales fell 2.3%.

Helping fuel the growth, says George, is the adventurousness of young athletes and hip-hop artists with facial hair styles.

“It’s very flexible,” he says of their experimentation. “You can have one look one day and then shave it off.” The tendency to rapidly change styles is reflected in sales of trimmers, which have grown tremendously over the past few years, George notes.

In recognition of that trend, Norelco is rolling out the AccuVac Beard & Moustache Trimmer, combining personalized trimming settings with the convenience of no cleanup.


  1. Joy -  November 27, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    How do they stuff all that into the turkey?

  2. glenn -  November 26, 2013 - 7:15 pm

    ah, all these fowl are fine, but you haven’t lived long enough if you’ve not tasted what they call gooey duck.

  3. Andrew G. Scott -  November 26, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    I heard online that a turducken is very deadly near water. First it acts like its all calm and casual than it jumps on your head and make you struggle until you fall in the water and then it pecks your eyes and keeps shoving you underwater until you drown and after you die its takes your body back to the family and together they pick your bones clean and gnaw on your bones until they are smooth and small enough to swallow. My friend killed an entire generation of turduckens it was hilarious because I saw the entire thing. Ha hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Naveed -  November 26, 2013 - 8:49 am

    sir we are very useful scientist in our country

  5. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 25, 2013 - 10:53 pm

    Are you vegetarian or something? I don’t see how knowing what type of bird you’re eating makes eating them any “worse.” Knowing you’re eating a chicken doesn’t make it wrong or cruel or whatever to eat chicken. Same for any other type of food.

  6. Zeb -  November 25, 2013 - 8:51 am

    It seems to me you’ve started recycling articles…some of us have actually been subscribed a few years–we might notice!

  7. Psyquis52 -  November 25, 2013 - 5:58 am

    I love it. It’s fantastic. I particularly enjoy it when I know the birds names first. That makes it even better. That way it’s personal. I like a personal touch in my food. I want to send a picture of me eating their relative to their family and make friends. Then I want to eat the rest of the family. YAY!!

  8. Holy Monk -  November 25, 2013 - 12:40 am

    How about getting a kid (baby goat) into a lamb into a boar into a buffalo?

  9. carlarocks -  November 24, 2013 - 8:56 pm


  10. carlarocks -  November 24, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    so mean! I hate this so much

  11. carlarocks -  November 24, 2013 - 8:53 pm

    So cruel,poor birdies

  12. Kar -  November 24, 2013 - 4:35 am

    No, not a zedonk, a zonkey!

    See Google Pics for some cute specimens.

  13. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 24, 2013 - 4:11 am

    Sounds good. I want to try a turducken. I like turkey, chicken, and duck. I’ll just be eating turkey. (If I posted this b4, sorry – my 1st comment didn’t show up.) What about having lamb? (All you vegetarians and vegans and animal rights activists out there, stay off my case – my brother gets onto me about eating lamb already.) I love the rich, meaty flavors of lamb. Mmmm… :) I really like meat. And fishy-tasting fish. Can’t wait till Thanksgiving! All that yummy food… :)

  14. Cloverpaw -  November 24, 2013 - 2:26 am

    Hi, my name is Cloverpaw and I’m a ThunderClan apprentice. =P~ (drooling) Sounds yummy! Wish I could try some of that turducken. (On a side note, why is “turducken” underlined in the spell checker?) I guess I’ll be stuck with a plain old mouse though. :( Maybe I could try stuffing a pigeon with a thrush with a sparrow. Oops, got to go – Cinderheart needs me on the dawn patrol!

  15. kelle -  January 11, 2011 - 7:02 pm

    Wow…. I like it! I’ve tried lots of weird dishes in my lifetime…. I wouldn’t mind trying this is as well… Muahahahahaha!! YUM!

  16. liit kiki -  January 11, 2011 - 1:10 am

    laki titi: whoah? :P

  17. kholline khailly -  January 11, 2011 - 1:06 am

    oh, sounds gross. but i guess i’m gonna eat a lot of it if it’s cooked by my beb. :)

    my beb cooks well. and i love it as much as i hate it. :P

    uh. i’m missing him already. :)

  18. Zohan -  December 10, 2010 - 1:35 am

    the list can go on till you roast an elephant with whole jungle inside it… ! :(
    come on ! go veggi at least that has some benefits

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