My friend Scott sent me a video last week. It was Jaques Pepin, de-boning a chicken. Scott confessed to a man-crush, after watching this video, and although not a man, I can completely understand why. I couldn’t find a linkable version of what he sent, but here is a similar clip of him with Julia Child, removing the bones from both a chicken and a turkey:
Coincidentally, I was just reading about making a turducken: a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey, with all three of those boneless birds having their own unique stuffing. It sounds to me like a tiny bit of overkill, and so far I’ve not seen any photographs that convince me otherwise. I would wonder whether those who make them have martyr complexes or something to prove, but usually when you read accounts, people swear they are worth the effort.
But what else can you say, when you just spent an entire weekend boning three birds, making three unique stuffings, putting it all back together like a Russian nesting doll and roasting it for 8 hours? I believe I’d say it was worth it too, just to avoid crying myself to sleep that overstuffed night.
Anyway. Back to Jacques. If I could show you the original video, you would see him remove the bones of a chicken, and then stuff it with spinach and mushrooms for a ballotine. He makes it look so easy. How many years, and how many chickens, would it take me to be able to do that?
Sigh. I’m going to have to try this. Time to get out the knife sharpener, and prepare my family for the probable barrage of expletives.