How to Give Thanksgiving Turkey a Latin Twist – Fox News

How to Give Thanksgiving Turkey a Latin Twist - Fox News

Serve a juicy, mouthwatering turkey this holiday season to get
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We all know Thanksgiving is primarily a U.S. recognized holiday,
commemorating a harvest festival originally celebrated by the
Pilgrims. But the meaning of Thanksgiving is universal. It’s an
opportunity to thank God for our blessings. It’s a time to lend a
helping hand to those less fortunate. And it’s a chance to express
gratitude to all of those around you and show them how much you care
by giving of yourself.

A big part of this significant holiday is the gathering of friends
and family over an impressive meal of which all take part of. With
turkey being the focal point, it’s important to get this main dish
right. And one way to do that is by giving it a Latin twist.

For this recipe, we use a 12 pound turkey. This may sound small for a
large group but if you think about it, it’s approximately one pound
per person and with so many other dishes on the table to choose from
you’ll want to leave enough room to taste everything.

This recipe was given to me by my mother, specifically for a roasted
pork shoulder, which is special to me because it is one of my
mother’s best dishes. I have since then modified it to make it
applicable for the most exceptional turkey you will ever make.


• 12-13 Pound whole turkey
• 6 Limes
• 1-24 oz. Bottle bitter orange marinade (located in the Latin
• 20 Garlic cloves, minced
• 1 ½ Tbsp. Dried oregano
• ½ tsp. Black pepper
• ¼ tsp. Ground cumin
• ¼ Cup extra virgin olive oil
• ¼ Cup white wine vinegar
• 1 Tbsp. Finely chopped Spanish olives
• 1 tsp. Finely chopped capers
• 1 tsp. Salt
• 2 Cups good white wine


1. TWO DAYS IN ADVANCE, start off with the brining method. Empty the
turkey cavity and place it in a pot large enough to submerge in water.
Pour over bitter orange marinade and freshly squeeze lime juice. Add
cool water. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2. ONE DAY IN ADVANCE, season the turkey. Begin by draining the
turkey from the brining liquid. Rinse thoroughly and drain again.

3. While draining the turkey, prepare your seasoning. With mortar and
pestle crush garlic, oregano, black pepper and ground cumin.

4. Then add olive oil, vinegar, olives, capers and salt. Mix well.

5. With a sharp knife, make a few one inch deep cuts throughout the
turkey. Spoon some of the garlic mixture inside the small cuts around
the pork, and spread remaining mixture all over the turkey and under
the skin (avoid the bone).

6. Cover and marinate overnight to let the flavors infuse.

7. DAY OF, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the turkey on a
roasting pan that has a floating rack (for even cooking) and place the
neck and giblets under the rack. Carefully pour any of the liquid from
the turkey into roasting pan and the 2 cups of wine.

8. Place turkey in preheated oven, calculating the roasting time
according to the turkey’s weight (about 20 minutes per pound).

9. After cooking, let turkey rest for 30 minutes before serving.

10. Serve alongside a basic gravy recipe.


• If a frozen turkey is purchase, thaw in refrigerator for a couple
of days.
• For additional flavor, place bacon slices over turkey before
• Baste 3 or 4 times during first half of cooking.
• When turkey begins to brown, cover with aluminum foil. Then
remove the foil during the last 20 minutes of cooking time. If using
bacon slices, remove at this time as well.
• To check readiness, use a meat thermometer in the thickest part
of the breast. Temperature should read 180 degrees or higher.

_Elizabeth Carrion, a Dominican, co-founded Mi Cocina, a New
Jersey-based catering service that also offers cooking classes, with
her sister, Ana Martinez. Follow her on Twit

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