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Thank Hebert's for Turducken

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Here’s one of the first stories I wrote as official dude of food. Videographer Tanner Herriott and I met “Cajun Ed” Richard, a really nice guy and descendent of the family that first conceived this dish. Ed ships from turducken from Hebert’s Specialty Meats every day up to Thanksgiving. You can also find them at the Beef Jerky Emporium in Oklahoma City. Hebert’s in Tulsa has a great little cafe. Tanner and I ate very well that day…

HEBERT’S SPECIALTY MEATS

→Where: 2101 E 71st St., Tulsa.

→Store hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

→Information: Call (918) 298-8400; fax to (918) 298-8442.

TULSA — Turducken might’ve been born in Louisiana, but it’s been raised to national awareness in Oklahoma.

Hebert’s Specialty Meats and Cajun Specialties sells what it calls “the original turducken,” shipping it from the redwood forest to the Gulfstream waters for the past decade.

What’s turducken?

It’s the answer you’re looking for if you’re bored with turkey, hate ham and/or scoff at tofurkey. It’s tur(key)du(ck)(chi)cken — three birds, no bones.

Turducken is a deboned turkey stuffed with a boneless duck that’s stuffed with a boneless chicken — all separated by a spicy, flavorful stuffing — then seamed back together in one meaty package.

“Cajun Ed” Richard (pronounced “Reeshard” in Lousiana, Richard in Oklahoma) is owner, dishwasher and deboner at Hebert’s Tulsa store.

He says that while legendary Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme claims credit for turducken, Hebert’s original store in Maurice, La., is where the unique dish was born.

The story goes that about 25 years ago, a Cajun fellow walked into the original Hebert’s with his own turkey, duck and chicken. He asked the butchers to do something to prepare his bounty in a single, presentable unit.

Richard, a born-and-bred Cajun from Lafayette, La., moved to Tulsa and opened his Hebert’s about 10 years ago. He says his is the only USDA-inspected and approved operation to ship nationwide.

The store ships Monday through Wednesday, so the arrival day is no later than Thursday or Friday of each week.

If you’d like to sample some turducken first, it’s served 11 a.m. until “2-ish” every Thursday at Cajun Ed’s Cafe inside Hebert’s, 2101 E 71st St.

If you like it, you might like to take one home.

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