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    • downshifted
    • By downshifted 23rd Dec 08, 4:52 PM
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    how to cook a 3 bird roast
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    • 23rd Dec 08, 4:52 PM
    how to cook a 3 bird roast 23rd Dec 08 at 4:52 PM
    For the first time this year we have a duck, stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a pheasant - with some stuffing inside. It is 4 kilos and looks lovely. Any ideas on cooking times/methods (I should have asked the butcher but it was frantic in there!)

    Thanks for your help

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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 23rd Dec 08, 7:36 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 08, 7:36 PM
    Hi downshifted,

    This may help: Three bird roast

    Pink
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 23rd Dec 08, 8:04 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 08, 8:04 PM
    sorry dont know how long to cook it for but it sounds lovely.....could u phone or call into butchers tomorrow ?
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    • 23rd Dec 08, 8:46 PM
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    • 23rd Dec 08, 8:46 PM
    You lucky lady,

    It looks fantastic (just had a look at the site you recomended Pink-winged). let us know how it went.
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  • Splodgey
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    • 24th Dec 08, 7:03 PM
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    • 24th Dec 08, 7:03 PM
    I have one of these for the first time ever as well!

    Mine is a turkey with a pheasant, partridge and guinea fowl... (it's a beast!)

    Not sure of the weight of mine but it is to feed 12 and my butcher has recommended putting it on at 140 (gas mark 1) for 6 hours - seems a long time but I think the intention is to slooooow cook it to keep it nice and moist.

    Have also invested in a meat thermometer to make sure the inside is cooked through.

    Don't forget to let it rest for an hour to make it easier to carve!

    Good luck
  • Burlesque Babe
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    • 28th Nov 09, 1:53 PM
    Bird within a bird within a...
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    • 28th Nov 09, 1:53 PM
    I'd like to do a bird within a bird etc for Christmas Day this year. I'm looking at doing 3, maybe 4 birds at the most. There are just the 2 of us but looking for plenty of leftovers

    Does anyone have any tips etc on preparing one from scratch? I've seen them in the supermarkets in the last couple of years and have gone at the price.

    I have seen the Aldi one advertised but I wouldn't feel that was 'special' enough for Christmas as it's pre-made/frozen etc.

    Has anyone ever done their own? I'm guessing it would be turkey, duck, chicken with stuffing inbetween and then something small - wood pigeon? :confused:
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    • allydowd
    • By allydowd 28th Nov 09, 2:18 PM
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    • 28th Nov 09, 2:18 PM
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    • 28th Nov 09, 2:18 PM
    http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/occasions/dinner-parties/come-dine-with-me/series-5/bird-within-a-bird-within-a-bird-with-chutney-and-apple-sauce-recipe_p_1.html
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Nov 09, 2:24 PM
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    • 28th Nov 09, 2:24 PM
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    • 28th Nov 09, 2:24 PM
    Hi burlesque babe,

    I've been thinking about doing this for Christmas but not sure if I will as I am still outnumbered by those who want the usual turkey with all the trimmings.

    I was thinking of chicken, duck and pheasant but you can use any birds of your own choice. They need to be de-boned and spatchcocked and skinned (apart from the bird on the outside which keeps it's skin). Then add stuffing to each layer and tie or sew the combined birds and stuffing up to look like a bird shape.

    I found these (three part) videos which will explain much better than I can:

    Multi-bird roast

    Part 1 (how to de-bone a bird)

    Part 2 (how to make a stuffing)

    Part 3 (Assembling the birds)


    Pink
    • ragz
    • By ragz 28th Nov 09, 3:22 PM
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    • 28th Nov 09, 3:22 PM
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    • 28th Nov 09, 3:22 PM
    Wow you guys are adventurous! Must not let my OH see this, he's been wanting a bird-in-bird roast for years!
    Good luck to those who manage it, think it's medieval so if searching for recipes maybe include that word.
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  • HannahIOW
    Ah the good old Turducken always wanted to try that but worry about it being properly cooked in the middle?
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    • timmmers
    • By timmmers 28th Nov 09, 4:31 PM
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    We had bird within a cat one Xmas

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    • By zippychick 28th Nov 09, 5:34 PM
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    We had bird within a cat one Xmas

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  • Burlesque Babe
    cheers for the links - it gives me some reading and watching - excellent.
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  • kamperkat
    My OH and my brother did a 7 bird roast a few years ago for christmas - it took 8 man hours to prepare it with the boning of the birds and making the stuffing - there were 11 of us for xmas and we were still eating it 9 months later!!!
    See You Tube for "multi-bird roast" (sub title: probably not the one you were looking for...) for the piccies - it was good fun and well worth it although it did cost nearly 200 but we did go a bit overboard with the number of birds!!
    Kkxx

    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 28th Nov 09, 10:42 PM
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    Oh my sons been going on about this for so long, well a ten bird after watching river cottage

    http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/chefs/hugh-fearnley-whittingstall/ten_bird_roast_p_1.html

    I don't think I am a) brave enough b) rich enough!

    I have said I 'might' get him the Aldi one in addition to the fresh meats I buy from the farm shop this year, they were all sold out last year.
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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    • TudorRose
    • By TudorRose 29th Nov 09, 8:53 AM
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    My partner & I tried the Aldi one last week & it was very good.

    It says to baste during cooking but there was no liquid coming out as it was solid meat so when I cook my one on New Year's Day when he is staying with me I think that I shall top it with butter before I cook it.

    The stuffing in it was delicious.
    • derrick
    • By derrick 29th Nov 09, 10:22 AM
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    We tried the Aldi one last year, it was disgusting, took it back for a refund, won't get one this year!
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    • morganlefay
    • By morganlefay 29th Nov 09, 11:20 AM
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    I bought a very expensive one for extra special celebration a couple of years ago (can't remember what the birds were but there were 3 of them) it cost too much, and was not really a success as there was also stuffing inside to fill in the gaps IYSWIM and when carved, some people got just the outside bird and stuffing, some got a bit of two birds, and a very lucky one or two actually got a bit of all three birds. It seemed like a real pain to carve (we had thought it would be easy, just like slicing a loaf, but it wasn't) and I have to say I wouldn't buy that one again (even if I could afford it, which I can't) If you have the time to do your own I'm sure that would be a better way but in my experience you have to make sure that it doesn't turn out like a big bag of the biggest bird with the other two birds all bunched up inside so that not everyone got a bit of each bird.
    I hope it goes well - I'm sure it would be possible to do a really good job oneself if given enough time and patience !
    Last edited by morganlefay; 29-11-2009 at 11:21 AM. Reason: bad typing
  • Burlesque Babe
    I've watched the guardian links and think I might give it a go
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    • minniepoos
    • By minniepoos 29th Nov 09, 9:09 PM
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    My OH did a 4 bird roast for us a couple of years ago. He's got a butcher friend who'd talked him through it weeks before, so on Christmas eve I banished him to the patio with the camping table and left him to get on with it (didn't want the mess in the kitchen - he had to pluck them all as well as de-bone etc!). We had a woodcock inside a partridge, inside a pheasant, inside a smallish turkey. It was really lovely (except for the woodcock - wouldn't recommend that at all, it was far too strong and 'meaty' for my taste), and made that years christmas dinner extra special and totally worth the effort.

    My advice is to give it a go, have fun and enjoy!
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