Turkey TimePosted by in Food & Wine
Challenge yourself this Thanksgiving with these fabulous and sinful creations
With only a few days left before Thanksgiving, we’re all getting ready to stuff ourselves with excellent food while attempting to avoid answering overly personal questions. Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a delectably juicy and absolutely awesome turkey on the table. You can even imagine the spirit of Thanksgiving whispering “you complete me” to the turkey à la Jerry Maguire. But how did the turkey become the symbol of Thanksgiving, anyway, and in how many artery-clogging ways can you prepare a turkey?
Turkeys are native to America. Back when the pilgrims/puritans arrived in the New World, Native American tribes such as the Mayans, Aztecs, and Toltecs had already domesticated these fowls. Turkeys were not just pets or game, though, because they played a pivotal part in Aztec and Mayan religious ceremonies.
Like many animals, turkeys are acknowledged as a symbol in many cultures, and often represent abundance and fertility, hence their connection to the harvest season. They are said to reach their peak power during the fall, which also makes them a symbol for harvest cycles or new beginnings. If you want to find out more, you can read our Thanksgiving Trivia blog post.
We have come a long way from the traditional way of cooking turkey during Thanksgiving. From simple roasting and frying, we have progressed towards Tursection or Meta-Turkey. Why don’t you try out some of these artery-clogging turkey specials this Thanksgiving?
Turducken is simple enough to understand and has been in existence for some time. Stuff a deboned chicken into a deboned duck, then stuff that into a deboned turkey. If you’re still hungry after eating this, you can try out the next item.
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Everything is good with bacon. Turbaconducken is basically a Turducken wrapped in juicy bacon for that extra bit of artery-clogging goodness. If you’re really sadistic/masochistic/suicidal or simply looking for a food challenge, you can try out the ultimate artery clogger out of these sinful creations.
World, meet the Turbacon Epic. This sinister creation begins with “meat glue” made from veal pork sausage and bacon stuffed in a deboned quail that’s wrapped in a hen and stuffed in a deboned chicken which is in turn stuffed in a deboned duck which is stuffed in a deboned turkey. But wait, there’s more! That overly stuffed turkey is wrapped in bacon and slathered with meat glue between every layer. Phew! If you take on this challenge, then hats-with-square-silver-buckles off to you. If you’re looking for more ideas on stuffed food, we came across an amusing list written by Brooke Viggiano.
It’s up to you whether you will count them as masterpieces or monstrosities, just don’t forget to be thankful you’re still alive to try them out.