Given the exuberance of the American palate, there’s always someone trying to push food portmanteaus even further—as with several dishes that combine not two words and foods, but three. There’s the notorious “turducken,” a turkey stuffed with a duck that has in turn been stuffed with a chicken. A few Thanksgivings ago, the chef and humorist Charles Phoenix created “the dessert version of the turducken,” a three-layer affair involving cherry, pumpkin, and apple pies baked inside cakes, and known as a “cherpumple.” And on the TV show “The Big Bang Theory,” Howard’s mother serves up the ghastly-sounding “turbriskafil” (turkey + brisket + gelfite fish) for Thanksgiving.
Getting into the spirit of things, one Huffington Post commenter said about the cronut, “I can’t wait for the Croducken.” Just as you’d guess, that’s “a duck, stuffed into a chicken, stuffed into a croissant.” Surely, it’s just a matter of time.
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