It is 1:30 in the morning and the Turducken is in the oven. If you don't know what that is, it is a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken AND layers of stuffing. This has become our traditional Thanksgiving meal. We have used a couple of recipes over the years and we are slowly developing out own.
To make turducken, you de-bone the chicken and duck completely and de-bone all but the legs and wings of the turkey. Use the bones of the birds to make stock. Then you lay the turkey out, layer of sausage stuffing (2lb sausage browned and herb dressing), lay the duck on top of that, layer cornbread dressing, lay the chicken on top of that and layer the rest of the cornbread. Very carefully fold up the sides of the layers masses and sew together with cotton string. I also truss it with string to add external support since all the bones are gone. Put it in an oven bag, in a deep pan and in the oven to cook for 9 to 12 hours at 225 degrees. Before you remove from the oven be sure to check the internal temperature of the bird, it must be 165. Take out and let rest 1 hour before serving.
This year we used a 22lb turkey, 7 lb duck, 5 lb chicken, maple sausage herb dressing and cornbread dressing. Now tomorrow.... I'll make mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, Green beans, bread, and pumpkin squares. Yeah me.........
Y'all have a great Thanksgiving!