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Recipe courtesy of Jonathan Waxman

Capoducken with Chorizo and Oyster-Chestnut Stuffing

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 6 hr 15 min
  • Active: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 14 to 16 servings
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1 capon

1 duck 

1 guinea fowl 

1 pound loose chorizo, casings removed 

1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, at room temperature, plus additional for buttering casserole dish

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 

Oyster and Chestnut Stuffing, recipe follows

Oyster and Chestnut Stuffing:

2 ounces olive oil

2 onions, peeled and sliced 

4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 

1 cup diced celery 

1 cup freshly roasted chestnuts 

1 cup turkey stock 

1 cup diced levain bread that has been toasted, then rubbed with olive oil and garlic

2 cups shucked Kusshi oysters 

2 ounces (4 tablespoons) butter, plus additional for buttering casserole dish 

5 fresh sage leaves, minced 

Sea salt


Special equipment:
butcher twine and trussing needle
  1. Preheat a wood oven or kamado-style charcoal barbecue for cooking at about 350 degrees F. Debone each bird completely, leaving bodies intact but spatchcocked.
  2. Mix the chorizo with the butter.
  3. Lay the capon skin-side down on a sheet tray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread half the chorizo over the capon.
  4. Lay the duck skin-side down on top of the capon, sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread half of the remaining chorizo over the duck.
  5. Lay the guinea fowl skin-side down on top of the duck, sprinkle with salt and pepper and spread with the remaining chorizo.
  6. Using butcher twine and needle, sew up the capon's back. Do not tie too tight!
  7. Butter a large casserole dish and place the capoducken inside. Put in the oven or kamado barbecue and cook for 3 1/2 hours. Serve with Oyster and Chestnut Stuffing.

Oyster and Chestnut Stuffing:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add the olive oil to a cast-iron skillet, then add the onions, garlic, celery and chestnuts and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the stock.
  3. Transfer to a bowl along with the bread cubes. Allow to cool. Add the oysters, butter, sage and sea salt to taste. Toss well.
  4. Butter a casserole dish, then transfer the mixture to the casserole dish. Bake, covered, for 1 hour. Keep warm.
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