Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If you've been reading SFoodie religiously, you know that 4505 Meats has been taking orders for Thanksgiving turducken. On the 4505 blog, owner Ryan Farr has posted photos of the process ― bones out of birds, chicken into duck, then duck into turkey, all bound together with sausage and cornmeal stuffing. To buy a 30-something-pound turducken cost $275, not to mention the cost of sides for the 25 guests it apparently feeds. Instead, the curpoorous (that would be culinary adventurous but broke) can pick up a $12 taste of Farr's masterwork at his temporary turducken stand, which set up on the corner of Octavia and Linden yesterday and continues today from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (The vacant lot is the site of the future Hayes Valley Proxy.)
You might want to go early lest the turducken run out ― there was quite
a crowd yesterday, and by noon, the stand was already carving its
second roast of the day. Should the turducken disappear, you won't walk away hungry,
since the stand is also selling duck sausage, hot dogs, and burgers.
The open-faced sandwich that SFoodie bought came from the stuffing-heavy tail end of
the turducken, which pretty much matches our Thanksgiving priorities anyway. Griddled white bread
was smothered in tender meats and meat-juice-soaked corn bread, then topped with cranberry sauce and
fresh thyme leaves. For the most part, the flavors of the three birds blended together under the shock of the bright-red fruit. And while we wished for a little salt, we wished even more that we'd remembered to pick up a fork. It was
one hot mess to eat with our fingers while driving, that turducken sandwich, but somehow by the time we got home it was gone.
4505 Meats Pop-Up Stand: Corner of Octavia and Linden, www.4505meats.com.