Thanksgiving has different meanings for different folks. Many celebrate and express gratitude through their religion, while others look forward to the tradition of spending time with loved ones, friends, community, and enjoying the harvest. There is typically always food involved, and it’s tradition to cook a turkey. Did you know Thanksgiving day is celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States? Last year our International German student was quite amazed to learn about a holiday she knew nothing about, and even more surprised at the feast we had prepared to celebrate this day. Thanksgiving definitely blew her away, so imagine how she felt when she learned and participated in her first ever Halloween.
In my youth we spent holidays with friends as family lived too far away, and winter time travel across Provinces from that small northern town was not exactly something you wanted to do willingly. Today we live in a City where we also have next to no family around, so we make our own traditions, and have recently started spending Thanksgiving with friends, alternating houses every year.
This year, Echelon Foods asked if we would be interested in sampling one of their Bacon Wrapped Turduckens. Having had an Echelon Turducken roughly 4-5 years ago, I knew we were in for a treat. Well who am I kidding, they had me at bacon. One great experience can only be made better with bacon, right? At this point my European followers might be wondering what a turducken is. Simply put it’s a deboned chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey, and in this case, wrapped in bacon with an Italian sausage stuffing inside. Some even call it a Three Bird Roast. Luxurious, yet simple, solid but unique. The question begs to be asked – how does a turducken becomes a turducken?
Since it wasn’t our turn to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, I left the turducken in the very capable hands of my girlfriend Jody who is also a delicious cook. Our biggest hurdle and decision which should have involved wine was…do we cook low & slow, or do we rev it up a little and getter done. We choose the quicker method, and Jody cooked up that turducken like a pro. You can tell by the photos it came out beautifully. 12 of us sat down to enjoy the feast, the friendship, our health, the food & wine and our bacon wrapped turducken.
Important to note this turducken is available locally throughout the year. It’s a beautiful addition to a meal and something you might just get hooked on.
Echelon Foods provided me with a turducken to try and review. All opinions expressed are my own.