After binging on turkey, mashed potatoes, puddings, cakes, and your body weight in cookies during the holidays, the last thing you want to ponder is a dinner that looks like it could kill you in a cage fight.
Meet Cthurkey. Rusty Eulberg and his wife Jennifer Robledo wanted to add something a bit more adventurous to their Christmas dinner spread, so they created this edible Elder God that pays tribute to H.P. Lovecraft’s tentacled creature from “The Call of Cthulhu.”
“Jenny is a big fan of Cthulhu so 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,” Eulberg said. “The next year I made a Cthicken; the same thing using squid instead of octopus and a chicken.”
Cthulhu food tributes are nothing new. There are Cthulhu cakes, cookies, pizza, Bento box lunches, and these especially scrumptious strawberry Cthulhus. Even the YouTube bro-tastic chefs from Epic Meal Time made a meat Cthulhu from hamburger, bacon, squid, and cheeseburgers.
If Cthurkey looks a bit too frightening to serve at your next dinner party, try baking this less creepy-looking Lovecraft tribute — Cthulhu pie by Sandy Yoo.
As Lovecraft wrote of Cthulhu, “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents” — unless of course, those contents are delicious. Bon appetit, if you dare!
Originally published on Dec. 30, 2013.