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Roasted Turducken with Pan Gravy

Serves 20
Time 6 hr 40 min
Surprise your Thanksgiving guests with this culinary masterpiece, a delicious combination of a chicken stuffed into a duck, stuffed into a turkey with layers of flavorful stuffing in between. Our butchers have done the work — including the deboning — so you can easily cook a satisfying centerpiece that will spark conversation and fill plates.
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter divided
  • 1 (16- to 18-pound) turducken
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups low-sodium turkey or chicken broth divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a small saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter.  

Place turducken on a rack set in a large roasting pan. Brush skin with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the broth into the pan. Tent turducken loosely with aluminum foil.  

Roast, basting turducken with remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter and pan drippings every hour, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of stuffed turducken registers 165°F, about 6 hours. Remove foil after 5 hours of cooking to allow skin to crisp.  

Transfer turducken to a large cutting board and let rest for 30 minutes before carving.  

Pour drippings from the roasting pan through a fine-mesh strainer into a heat-proof measuring cup and let sit for 1 minute; spoon off any fat that floats to the surface. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour and cook until smooth. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups broth and pan drippings and whisk constantly until smooth. Cook, stirring frequently, until gravy thickens slightly, 8 to 10 minutes. 

To carve turducken, first remove turkey legs and wings. Cut remaining turducken lengthwise in half. Carefully turn first half, cut-side down, on the cutting board and slice crosswise into 1 1/2-inch-wide slices. Repeat with remaining half. Transfer slices to a platter and serve with a large spatula to keep slices intact. Serve with warm gravy.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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