The Clash of the 'Duckens: Turducken vs. Veggieducken

Get the recipe for the classic turducken and a new vegetarian version with squash, leek and potatoes.
By: Lindsay Damast

For some, preparing a meal for 20 and plotting out courses weeks in advance is simply child's play. These brazen Thanksgiving hosts have met no potato they could not mash into submission; no turkey they could not tame with some trussing; no lattice top pie they could not weave to perfection. They laugh in the face of your determined menu planning.

These Thanksgiving pros roast no mere turkey for their Thanksgiving meal. They prepare a main dish of the more legendary fashion -- the Turducken: a deboned chicken and deboned duck layered in the cavity of a turkey, all sewn back up and roasted. To serve, one slices right down the middle, showing off the meaty layers. It is truly a Thanksgiving dish that can't be beat. Or so we thought, until we learned about the Veggieducken -- a four-vegetable behemoth with even more distinct layers and varied flavors (and easier-than-it-looks preparation, to boot.)

Which 'ducken is the more extreme option for these fearless feasters? Watch the videos below and decide.

For those who crave three times the poultry, Chuck Hughes layers his birds with oyster-and-sausage cornbread stuffing and an aromatic truffle:

Can a vegetable-based main dish truly stand out among a sea of sides? Dan Pashman brings a giant banana squash to turducken-like levels by lining its cavity with yams, onion stuffing and leeks before baking:

Which 'ducken would you pick? Tell us in the comments.

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