When we posted this alarming “mystery meat” photo taken by a Cruise Critic member (she never said what ship, alas), we knew it would draw some attention. Still, we didn’t expect the 200-plus guesses we received. Let’s say what it isn’t first. It’s not turducken (chicken stuffed into duck stuffed into turkey) or any kind of fish. It’s not “Hannibal Lecter’s last meal” (courtesy of Pam), or “zombie brain” (thanks, AlanFromFL), or “boneless fillet of hamster” (you kill us, LuvvaBargain).
This dish is actually called duck galantine, which a number of savvy cruisers correctly guessed. While it may not be a feast for the eyes, galantine is considered a classic French dish. According to Epicurious.com, it’s made from poultry, meat or fish that is boned and stuffed with a pate-like mixture of meat and fat that is studded with such ingredients as pistachios, olives and truffles.
Congratulations to Sharon, whom we randomly selected among the correct entries (we judged on meat only, since we’re not positive what the accompaniments are). Her winning response: “Cold duck galantine with pate in the middle. Chutney on the side along with alfalfa sprouts.” She’ll soon be the proud owner of a collection of cooking-related cruise swag, including an Allure of the Seas apron, a Royal Caribbean cookbook and a set of uber-modern salt and pepper shakers from the inaugural voyage of Celebrity Silhouette.
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