Pardoned turkey
This turkey, named May, was pardoned on Thanksgiving in 2007. Think she could have held a chicken and a duck? Reuters

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and Americans are curious about one unusual dish to possibly grace their tables: turducken.

Turducken consists of a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey. All three birds must have their bones removed prior to stuffing.

There are several recipes and variations for turducken.

Food guru Paula Deen has a recipe for the unusual dish on the Food Network's Web site. According to her recipe, the dish can yield as many as 25 servings and will take at least 13.5 hours to make. It has a level of Difficult.

The Web site has its own version of turducken: turbaconducken. The recipe follows the stuffing method of turducken, except that each piece of duck and chicken is wrapped in bacon before being stuffed into the turkey. Then that is all wrapped before being cooked.

The final product was moist and absolutely delicious, the Web site reads. We used no seasoning whatsoever. The bacon gave the poultry just the right hint of salty goodness.