It looks like a facehugger. It probably tastes about as good.
Actually, it is fowl -- turkey or chicken, to be precise -- stuffed with cooked octopus tentacles and garnished with crab legs and bacon. Although the elements were cooked separately before arranging (instead of together, which would be truly gross), not even bacon can save this appetite-killing monstrosity, which was named after H.P. Lovecraft's menacing cosmic entity, Cthulhu.
Photos of the unruly dish circulated on social media after Gothamist pointed it out on Dec. 16.
The Turduken is obsolete. Behold the Cthuken. pic.twitter.com/M5JZ9s5zig
— Mana (@damana) December 16, 2013
The Chturkey is the brain child of Rusty Eulberg, a database administrator from Lubbock, Texas, who debuted the monster meal as a Christmas centerpiece a few years ago.
"[I] wanted to do something unique for Christmas dinner with friends of ours... we went and bought some crab legs and some octopus and bacon and cooked them all separate and slapped them together on a plate, and that was it. The next year I made a Cthicken; the same thing using squid instead of octopus and a chicken," Eulberg told Gothamist. "The universal reaction was, 'Oh my God, I couldn't eat that.'"
And in case you're not finding this dish tough to swallow, Eulberg claims that the serving plate in the photo is "an old Nazi plate with a Swastika on the bottom that a friend bought in an old abandoned Luftwaffe base in Germany."
Regardless of setting, the Cthurkey probably tastes better than this Thanksgiving abomination.