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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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    2 years ago

    This will be my first time making this got all my ingredients tonight but couldn't find Agar so i used bought gelatin will this make a big difference? Im so excited. Only 2 people knew what i was talking about when it came to the turdunkin. I think I will freeze my collotas until im ready to brine on Wednesday? I think my friends thought it was a joke. Lol it sounds awesome!!!

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Gelatin will probably work, or you might try tapioca starch. (Or corn starch / potato starch.) They all act as thickeners, which is the main important thing. You will get some differences in texture and also in the cloudiness of the glaze depending on what you use.


    7 years ago on Step 8

    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.

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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!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I mean, we eat cranberry sauce and turkey (sweet and tart)...what's the difference? besides sprinkles...hahaha


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I think it is meant to be funny, more "tongue in cheek " than an actual recipe. I think??? Not sure.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. Yes, we can. Really. As a card-carrying redneck, I must admit we CAN be wrong...


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, if democracy teaches us anything, it's that you can screw up things a lot more effectively if you do so en masse...


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I agree, bit it is very creative. Everything sounded edible until the munchkin stuffing, it just seemed very odd to me :/


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Well, if you asked me to your house for Thanksgiving, I would dam' sure eat that turkey and brag on it, too.

    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.