Engastration

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The interior of a sausage-stuffed Turducken

Engastration is a method of cooking in which the cook stuffs the remains of one animal into another animal. The method supposedly originated during the Middle Ages.[1] Among the dishes made using the method is Turducken, which involves placing chicken meat within a duck carcass within a turkey.[2] Some foods created using engastration have stuffing between each layer.[3] The carcasses are normally deboned before being placed together. This requires some knife skills and may best be done by a butcher, although pre-built birds can be purchased on-line and come ready for the oven.[4]

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  1. ^ "AMERICAN MORNING: Brutal Weather on Thanksgiving; Ukraine Being Torn in Opposite Directions – Transcript". CNN. 2004-11-25. Retrieved 2012-11-22. The process is called engastration. That's not a very appetizing term for Thanksgiving, but an important one because basically what that means is that you're actually stuffing one animal inside the other. And that process actually probably dates back to the Middle Ages. 
  2. ^ Shott, Chris (2012-01-16). "Gut Reaction: Red Palace’s ‘Burporken’ Is One Meat Over The Top". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  3. ^ Armstrong, Jeni (2012-11-15). "Engastration served three (four!) ways". Restaurant Central. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  4. ^ "Engastration: the stuffing of one bird inside another". Retrieved 2012-11-22.