The VEGDUCKEN is a vegetarian alternative to what might be the most carnivorous endeavor in cuisine. For those out of the holiday loop, the Turducken is a Turkey stuffed with a deboned duck, stuffed with a deboned chicken (bacon optional). It is truly the making of Ina Garten’s nightmares. This abomination looks a little something like this:
HOWEVER, for the vegetarians that shine light into our lives (and vegans I guess) there is the noble “Vegducken”- a squash frankenstein that requires stuffing raw vegetables into each other. The vegducken is catching like wildfire online and our favorite recipe comes from Epicurious (because it actually looks delicious and pays serious attention to seasoning). As Rachel Ray might say, “Yum-O”. It is also waste free by using the vegetable guts as stuffing. Win-win!
To make a Vegducken, start by shopping smart. Buy a big squash, a smaller eggplant, and an even smaller zucchini. This way they can all fit into each other like nesting dolls. Don’t forget to get garlic, onions, thyme, and mushrooms. Mushrooms have an umami meaty flavor that will enrich your vegetable monstrosity. Important buy: butchers string to tie it closed. The full ingredients are here.
Watch a helpful tutorial here.