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The turDunkin' is a turkey brined in Dunkin' Donuts coolattas, stuffed with munchkins and served with coffee gravy and mashed hash browns. The turDunkin' should not be confused with the hot meaty mess that is a turducken, which is a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken.

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Step 1: Brining the Turkey

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The first step is to brine the turkey overnight. We used 4 cups kosher salt, 1.75 gallons of water, 3 bay leaves, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 32-oz Dunkin' Donuts orange coolatta and 1 32-oz Dunkin' Donuts strawberry coolatta.

We boiled all ingredients except the coolattas to dissolve the salt and extract the flavor of the bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. We placed the turkey in a large container and poured the brine over it. We covered the container to keep the turkey in the brine and prevent spilling while we transferred it to the refrigerator.


Step 2: A Safety-Related Aside

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We noticed that our container (hey, it's not like it had used kitty litter in it, but it does add a certain amount of unwholesomeness, doesn't it?) had a helpful illustration. Be advised: this container is not fit for brining babies.


Step 3: Preparing the Stuffing

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To prepare the stuffing, we purchased a 50-piece box of assorted munchkins, which weighed about 1.5 lbs.

We cut them in half and toasted them at 450° for 10 minutes. We chopped one large red onion and sauteed it in 4 tbs of butter. Then we combined the sauteed onion with two tablespoons of dried sage and one cup of vegetable broth and mixed well.


Step 4: Stuffing and Roasting the Turkey

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The next step is to stuff the turkey. When we took the turkey out of the brine, we admired its fluorescent pink color.

We stuffed the turkey, placed pads of bacon under the wings and trussed it. We rubbed the surface with sea salt and placed it in the oven breast side down at 325° for 2.5 hours. We basted it with butter twice.

We then flipped the turkey to place it breast side up and roast it for an additional 90 minutes. During this phase of roasting, we basted it once with butter.


Step 5: Glazing the Turkey

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Once the turkey reached 160°F, we made the glaze for it. It was based on a loose interpretation of the recipe for a honey glaze in The Joy of Cooking and the ingredients list for the Dunkin' Donuts glazed donut. We mixed 1 lb confectioner's sugar, 1/3 cup corn syrup, 1/4 cup water, 1/4 tsp agar and a squirt of lemon juice. We brought the mixture to a simmer to create a syrup. Twenty minutes before the turkey came out of the oven (165° internal temperature), we gave the turkey a light basting with the syrup so that it would caramelize (we used 1/4 of the syrup for this step). Once the turkey reached 175°, we took it out of the oven and poured syrup over every side. The glaze coated it very nicely! We then applied sprinkles.


Step 6: Coffee Gravy

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Apparently coffee gravy is a normal thing that many people make.  (Try googling red-eye gravy.)  We didn't know this when we made the Turdunkin', and what we ended up with was pretty terrible.  But for the sake of full disclosure and to warn others who might be interested in making coffee-flavored gravy, we will tell you what not to do.

For our coffee gravy attempt, we collected and strained the drippings from the turkey. We added two cups of vegetable broth and simmered it with 1/4 cup of whole coffee beans. After failing to achieve a coffee flavor after 15 minutes, we added 1/4 cup cracked coffee beans. Fifteen minutes of further simmering didn't produce results, so we added two shots of espresso. That too failed to add a coffee flavor to the gravy, so we used 2 tsp finely ground coffee. The taste went from "gravy" to "burnt coffee". Maybe it was just too hot and so the powdered coffee immediately burned.

Step 7: Mash Browns

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What turkey dinner is complete without mashed potatoes? Or, in this case, mashed hash browns! We mashed them with a potato masher, which is a technique that preserves all the hash brown flavor.


Step 8: The Final Product

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A turkey leg, munchkin stuffing, and mash browns, covered in coffee gravy.

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Our Reviews

Beth: The turDunkin' was largely delicious. It was a bit too salty. I think our kosher salt to normal salt conversion for the brine was off. The coolatta only penetrated the outer reaches of the white meat, but it was delicious and subtle in those places. The gravy was wrong (adds Alex: on every level). We should not have tried to boil beans in the gravy. We should have used coffee instead of vegetable stock. It had a good consistency, though. I am proud of my gravy consistency. The mashed browns were pretty good. Basic and potatoey. Anyway, I was very happy with the turkey, the glaze and sprinkles, and the stuffing. But then, I have always been a fan of combining sweet and savory things. I like chocolate on my pretzels and popcorn on my ice cream :)

Kristen: The coolatta flavor didn't penetrate the meat, but the turkey was deliciously moist.

Alex: While the first several bites were delicious, I quickly descended into a hell for the gluttonous that would be beyond the imaginings of pedestrians like Dante. That having been said I had several servings.

Random Commentary:

Dave: Instead of honey glaze, next time we should use jelly squeezed from jelly donuts. Then you'll have just a mound of squeezed jelly donuts.

Alex: They could be baked into a casserole.

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I like how you added a squirt of lemon juice in step five..that would certainly have complimented the bucket load of sugar and salt nicely.
Did you consider using silver cachous sprinkle pearls instead of sprinkles? Would be quite festive!
canucksgirl3 years ago
seriously.... you ate this???
As for the chocolate comment...

Many cultures in South America as well as Mexico use chocolate (unsweetened) in their cooking. I have had fantastic meals of chicken and beef done in a spicy chocolate.

Fruit is a compliment to many meat dishes, however I am not sure of the sprinkles.

I would like to try before doing a whole turkey; to see if i like it as I hate waste.

Molé,,,,drool making
acullop3 years ago
I mean, we eat cranberry sauce and turkey (sweet and tart)...what's the difference? besides sprinkles...hahaha
dvivster3 years ago
I think it is meant to be funny, more "tongue in cheek " than an actual recipe. I think??? Not sure.
acardart3 years ago
What a vile thing to do to a Turkey, a waste of it's life really.
It doesn't look like my kind of thing, but if you eat it, it its life wasn't wasted. Injecting a turkey with italian dressing and deep-frying it doesn't look like my kind of thing either but a thousand rednecks can't be wrong!
Yes. Yes, we can. Really. As a card-carrying redneck, I must admit we CAN be wrong...
Well, if you're going to be wrong, at least be numerous!
Yes, if democracy teaches us anything, it's that you can screw up things a lot more effectively if you do so en masse...
I agree, bit it is very creative. Everything sounded edible until the munchkin stuffing, it just seemed very odd to me :/
romanreb3 years ago
Well, if you asked me to your house for Thanksgiving, I would dam' sure eat that turkey and brag on it, too.
You forgot to dunk the entire thing in chocolate.
Paula Deen always dips the whole thing in pancake batter and fries it before she puts on the chocolate and whipped cream. you need to think these things through.
I was going to write something about this..

But then saw instructables has a 'be nice' policy.
How about: What a lovely turkey! It's so life-like...
TendoQueen3 years ago
Oh, that's utterly fabulous. Hope you guys had an awesome Thanksgiving! :D
tdennis23 years ago
then again, many good foods are bad for you.
tdennis23 years ago
forgive me, but this sounds like death on a platter.
fledwidge3 years ago
Some people ask "why?" - instead I propose "Why not?". This is sheer genius.
lscott23 years ago
people candy yams, put all sorts of glazes on hams so this is no different. I guess the sprinkles is what really threw people. I would have skipped that part. Or come up with a different sprinkle.
teresajoy3 years ago
At first glance, I thought this was completely disgusting, but after reading the recipe, I'm starting to see where it might not be so bad..
That sounds disgusting....why would you ever think of doing this??
I;m with moonlitdancer on this one, that frankly is a ruin of a good turkey :(
WOW! THAT IS AWESOME. i dont know if i would eat it, but it is a pretty cool idea from an obviously creative mind. all the people that said things like:
"That sounds disgusting....why would you ever think of doing this??"
AND
"What a vile thing to do to a Turkey, a waste of it's life really."
you are NOT complying with the "be nice" policy. just dont say anything.
Exocetid3 years ago
Looks like something one would serve at a dinner party after a showing of the Rocky Horror Picture show. Or, perhaps a dinner for a bunch of police friends.

Frankly, I think the concept is great and I would love to try a plate if I did not have to make it ;-)
Say What3 years ago
Any true Dunkin aficiando would know to use Bell's Seasoning as it is the New England tradition for seasoning for stuffing. Dunkin Donuts were born in MA, therefor you use Bell's. :-)
shonji753 years ago
why would you do this? WHY?!?
This is my question..... Wow.
Thurmond3 years ago
Does it taste like Chinese food?
SandySTC3 years ago
Okay, that's cool!
SandySTC3 years ago
I don't even want to think about this.
btutty3 years ago
I never thought it was possible, but this is just food blasphemy.
susanrm3 years ago
I love Step 2. It made me LOL.
LAWNMUSIC3 years ago
A meal fit for Buddy the Elf. However, brining it in the old Tidy Cats container might make it a little too "unwholesome" for me. JK ;0)
when i first saw this i thought it was a regular turduckin and wondered why there were sprinkles on it. but great 'ible btw looks awesome!
You sent my boyfriend into a rant about how Krispy Kreme is infinitely better.

Controversial! :D
lemonie3 years ago
I can't decide whether this is just plain wrong or art...

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karossii3 years ago
A) looks . . . . interesting. I personally wouldn't like it, but I know those who would.

B) might want to consider a name change, as it currently brings to mind excrement based jokes quite readily.
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