I love Cajun food. Whenever we have people visit us from outside the U.S. I always cook up a big Cajun meal because it's such a uniquely American style of cooking. Usually my menu includes: seafood gumbo, andouille sausage jambalaya, fried chicken, blackened catfish, cornbread, and garlicky collard greens. And beer. Plenty of ice cold beer. I have cooked this meal for people from all over the world to rave reviews.
But I have never cooked a turducken.
The fine folks at Cajun Grocer sent one to me and while I could have stuck it in the freezer and saved it for a special occasion, I decided to make my own special occasion and cooked it up for friends. I served it alongside broccoli-bacon salad and potato salad on one of the hottest days of they year, but the beer and sangria helped.
What I liked about it: Although a turducken is a duck (breast) inside a chicken inside a turkey, because everything was boned, it wasn't huge. It had a deliciously seasoned cornbread dressing in between the layers. It cooked up beautifully, just as the directions said it would. It was carefully packed on ice and was cold when it arrived at my house.
What I didn't like about it: This is a small nit-pick. Even though it was cajun, I thought it could have been more seasoned. It was flavorful, but I was expecting lots more kick. Next time (and there will definitely be a next time) I will salt and pepper it before roasting it.
Cost to me: Free
Cost to you: $64.95
My turducken set on flickr.