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Consider this triple-play for Thanksgiving Day dinner

November 18, 2015
The Turducken — a chicken, stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey

First we stuff the turkey. Then we stuff ourselves.

It is the Thanksgiving holiday, after all, and doing some serious eating is all part of the deal. And, if you want to get really serious about stuffing that turkey and stuffing yourself, there is always the Turducken.

If you haven’t already been familiarized with this most decadent of dishes, allow us to explain. A Turducken is a Thanksgiving dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, stuffed into a deboned turkey. It’s sort of a meat-lovers special.

Outside of the United States, the Turducken is known as a Three Bird Roast. Gooducken is a traditional English variant, replacing the turkey with a goose.

The innards of a good old American Turducken are also stuffed with a seasoned breadcrumb mixture, or even sausage. Some versions of this dish even call for a different stuffing for each bird. It can be cooked by braising, roasting, grilling or barbecuing.

The Turducken was burnished into the national psyche for years during Thanksgiving Day football games when NFL coaching legend and commentator (as well as Rose Hotel proprietor) John Madden waxed hungrily about the Turducken during game-breaks, and then feasted on the dish, along with his colleagues, at the game’s conclusion.

If you want to give the Turducken a try this Thanksgiving, consider this popular recipe from Paula Deen. If you want a more visual set of instruction, this YouTube video might do the trick.

If you’re not the cooking kind, you could always order a ready-made Turducken. Costco offers a Turducken with Italian sausage stuffing at this site. Other options include or the Cajun Grocer, the latter having been voted America’s best Turducken by The Wall Street Journal. Indeed, late Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme claimed to have invented the Turducken in the 1970s, and even trademarked the Turducken name in 1986. There are skeptics, however. No one is certain who invented the dish, but what is known is that the Turducken originated in the specialty meat stores of south-central Louisiana, according to There is some evidence that it may have found its American origins in a meal created by the unnamed owner of Corinne Dunbar’s, a Creole restaurant in New Orleans.

Enough about food, for now. Other great Thanksgiving pastimes are traveling and shopping. If you’re looking to travel this Thanksgiving holiday, The Rose Hotel would be pleased to host and pamper. The number to call is 925-846-8802.

If you’re looking to swing into action on Black Friday, you can do some Major League shopping at the nearby San Francisco Premium Outlets and Stoneridge Mall.

Whether you’re going to spend the holiday stuffing shopping bags or stuffing birds and your stomach, we wish you a peaceful and joyous Thanksgiving Day.

Written by Mike Consol