Some people never tire of turkey on Thanksgiving, but for meat connoisseurs like ourselves, there’s a little more at stake on the foodiest day of the year. That’s why we’ll be carving TurDucKen–a chicken nested inside a duck inside a turkey— ordered online from Alpine Steakhouse in Sarasota, FL.
The tradition of engastrated roasts like the TurDucKen actually goes back to ancient Roman times, but perhaps Grimod de la Reynière’s rôti sans pareil takes the cake for documented extravagance: his 1807 Almanach des Gourmands boasted “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.” (And, finally, an olive.)
As for Alpine’s TurDucKen, Food Network’s Guy Fieri called the bird(s) “off da hook,” and several Yelp reviewers have nodded their consent. And, since the institutional steakhouse and deli carries a wide selection of Schaller & Weber products in its market and on its menu, we’ll be keeping it in the family.