How to spice up your Thanksgiving feast with a turducken

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If you’re sick of making a turkey every year for Thanksgiving, this is the story for you.

There is a butcher who can teach you how to make a turducken.

Jason Nauert is an experienced butcher. He said a turducken is the way to go this Thanksgiving because of how unique it is.

“When you cram three different meats together and you do it properly you’ll get three different flavor profiles, three different moisture profiles,” said Nauert.

If you’re sitting at home and thinking, ‘how in the world can a chicken fit inside of a duck and then all of that fit inside of a turkey?,’ you’re not alone, but it’s a lot simpler than you might think.

“When you flip it over, the breast bone is going to be gone and the leg bones are going to be gone, but you’re going to have a piece of chicken laid out. Then you’re going to do the same with the duck. Then you’re going to do the same with the turkey. The turkey’s much easier, because it’s bigger. We’ll take this one and lay it out flat and then we’ll do our layer of sausage and then we’ll take our deboned duck and we’ll lay that on top. Then we’ll do another layer of stuffing or sausage or whatever, then we lay our chicken on top of that, then we do another layer of sausage or whatever we want to do, then we’re going to roll it back up,” said Nauert.

Wait–that still sounds really complicated.

“It’s pretty easy. It’s more in the knife skills area and it’s really not a lot of skill needed to do it. I’m going to show you how to make this. You should be able to make one in 45 minutes when I’m done,” said Nauert.

This still isn’t something you can just wing the night before. You have to prep it days in advance, and then cook it.

“You’re looking at a commitment of total from start to finish of probably 12 hours,” said Nauert.

If you’re the person sitting at home saying, “Yes! I need to make this for Thanksgiving,” but you’re worried you might mess it up, you can sign up for Jason’s turducken making class on Tuesday at Till restaurant in northeastern Colorado Springs. You have to sign up by Monday.

At the class, you’ll walk away with your own turducken ready to go for Thanksgiving.

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