Turducken: The untold story

A lot of people claim to have invented turducken, or to know who did. Everybody puts its origin in Louisiana. Those crazy Cajuns! A boneless chicken inside a boneless duck inside a boneless turkey! Who else would do something like that?

Prince Albert, apparently. Yes, Victoria’s husband. Maxime de la Falaise writes of their son Edward VII:

One of the dishes that his father’s German family had enjoyed was a turkey stuffed with a chicken, inside the chicken a pheasant, inside the pheasant a woodcock — the whole made into a pie and served cold. Seven Centuries of English Cooking (New York: Grove Press, 1973), p. 201

Sounds like turducken to me, only crazier. With a woodcock! In a pie! Served cold!

Those crazy Germans.