Posted by Kathy Dumalski on Nov 13, 2012

The legacy of thanks and feast, originally celebrated by pilgrims in 1621, following their first successful harvest in the new world, became a national holiday in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving. And for almost 400 years that feast has remained pretty much the same – with more than 46 million turkeys being gobbled up in 2011.

Although turkeys are by far the most served on the Thanksgiving holiday, there are many popular competing dishes – maybe most notable is the Turducken – made famous by legendary football coach John Madden.

The turducken is a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which is in turn stuffed into a de-boned turkey. The word turducken is a combination of turkey, duck, and chicken. The dish is a form of engastration, which is a recipe method in which one animal is stuffed inside the gastric passage of another [1] .

What will you and your family be feasting on this holiday season? Submit your best family recipe - for gravy, green beans, mashed potatoes, rhubarb pie, stuffing - whatever you want. If we feature your recipe in our blog post, we'll send you a free butterball turkey!

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