If you’re a traditional cook who is ready for a culinary adventure this Thanksgiving, it may be time to consider turducken. What’s a turducken? We’re so glad you asked. It’s a chicken stuffed into a duck, which is then stuffed into a turkey. While that may seem a little over the top, it’s sure to bring a certain “wow factor” to your holiday table. At the very least, it’s certainly a conversation piece.
- Start with deboned poultry. Some recipes call for brining the birds ahead of time, but all recipes agree that the birds must be deboned. If you prefer, you can leave the legs and wings of the turkey intact, with the exception of the thighbone, which must be removed. Loosen the skin of the turkey with your hand and rub the meat with butter.
- Prepare your stuffing. Use your favorite recipe for stuffing, and feel free to make it with nuts, cranberries or any other delicious addition you choose. This is the freestyle part of the turducken, where you really make it your own. You can even mix up your stuffing, perhaps using bread stuffing for the turkey, cranberry nut stuffing for the duck and cornbread stuffing for the chicken.
- Now that you have boneless birds and savory stuffing, it’s time to assemble the turducken! Put your turkey skin side down on a flat surface, and apply a layer of stuffing, about ¼- to ½-inch deep. Next, put your deboned duck atop the layer of stuffing, and then layer it with stuffing as well. The final piece of the puzzle is your chicken, and once you’ve layered stuffing on top of it, you’re ready to close up the birds.
- Once it’s stuffed, the challenge is to make it look like a turkey again! Close the turkey either by skewering or sewing up the back, being careful to close the other birds as you go, then carefully flip it over, seam side down, and truss it to make it secure and cook more evenly.
- Now it’s time to cook! Place your turducken in a deep roasting pan, and roast at 375° for 25-30 minutes per pound, until the very center of the chicken stuffing reaches 160-165°. Let it rest for 30 minutes, and then slice it across the breast, so that each slice offers a piece of all three birds.
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But what if a fire breaks out in your neighbor’s home? Here are some tips for what to do if your neighbor’s house is on fire.
- Call 911 immediately. This may seem obvious, but in the chaos of the moment, you may feel panicked or confused. Calling 911 is the most important thing you can remember to do, because the sooner the authorities know about the fire, the better the likelihood that they’ll be able to keep it from spreading.
- If possible, make sure the neighbors are aware and safe. If you can, bang on the door to make sure everyone knows about the fire. If you know your neighbors have pets, do what you can to help get them to safety. If you are unable to approach the house, at least alert the firefighters to any creatures that may still be inside the house.
- Whatever you do, stay safe. You won’t be able to help your neighbors or anyone else if you are injured or in need of rescue. Keep a safe distance from the fire, and make sure your family members do the same. Also, be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
- Open your home to your neighbors. During the fire, your neighbors will need a refuge and perhaps a place to make phone calls. Offer assistance any way you can, whether it’s providing a guest room for the night, or just keeping their children in your home while the adults deal with the crisis.
- Be a healing presence after the fire. Especially if it’s a total loss, a house fire can devastate a family. Express your sympathy and concern in any way you can, whether it’s with comforting words, groceries or a meal, donations or gift cards, or running errands to lighten the family’s load. Recovering from a fire is a lengthy process, so if you can, plan to be available for the long haul.
- Use the opportunity to address fire safety with your own family. Make sure you have a plan in place in case of a fire. Your family should know how to get out of the house, and that crawling is the best way to lessen the dangers of smoke inhalation. Have a designated meeting place outside the house where you can gather to make sure everyone gets out safely.
If your neighbor’s home catches on fire, it’s good to know how to help while keeping safe. For your own home, choose Monitronics. Monitronics dealers have security systems that offer the option of fire and carbon monoxide monitoring to keep your home and family safe from more than just theft. Learn more about Monitronics home security systems by visiting our website, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.