The interwebs are full of inspiration, and that’s definitely true when it comes to food. We came across this most cheese-gasmic of undertakings: food site Chow.com created The Turducken of Cheese Balls – layers of cheese stuffed inside of each other (for you newbies, a turducken is a chicken stuffed into a duck all stuffed into a turkey). Basically, Chow took everything you’d have on a thoroughly-stocked cheese board, and wrapped it into one gargantuan, mouthwatering ball. After a few attempts, they settled on these ingredients for the final product:
- Washed-rind cheese
- Spanish chorizo
- Manchego cheese
- Dried figs
- Emmentaler cheese
- Chopped chives and parsley
- Cheddar cheese
- Asian pear
- Blue cheese
- Toasted walnuts
- Goat cheese
- Sliced almonds, pecans, and bacon
"The winning combination of layers weighs around five pounds and is surprisingly tasty," wrote Roxanne Weber. "This is not just a novelty food—people really did go crazy for it." Want the recipe to make your own? Click here to see how it’s done.
We salivated so hard over this giant ball of happiness that we’ve been inspired to do a little kitchen experimentation of our own. So, food fans, we’re calling on you to suggest ingredients that we can stuff inside each other to make something delicious. We’ll take on the challenge and create a whole new turducken genre based on your suggestions. We urge you to get creative and just have a couple of guidelines:
- Don’t give us ingredients that will surely make us vomit (we aren’t masochists after all)
- Don’t choose ingredients that are so rare or expensive that most people can’t obtain them
Once we get some good options, we’ll get to work putting this thing together and will keep you updated on our progress. Ready, set, go!
Vidya Rao is the TODAY.com food editor. She's known to leave crumbs in her wake, especially on her keyboard.