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Puerto Rican Style Turkey

Contributed By: Cassie , SC | See all of Cassie 's recipes
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Active Time:  45 Minutes
Total Time:  7 Hours 30 Minutes
  16 servings
I made this last Thanksgiving Loved it got the recipe from the Puerto Rican Cookery by Carmen Aboy Valldejuli (Amazing Book) and added my own touch.
1 10 to 12 Pound turkey
soak in 5 gallon bucket filled with salt water.
(best if it can soak over night) keep ice on it
In a food Processor grind into paste
10 cloves of garlic
2 1/2 teaspoons oregano
10 teaspoons salt
5 teaspoons black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup vinegar
4 fresh limes or 1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 to 1 cup fresh culantro
Grind this until a runny paste
Pull turkey out of salt water rinse and dry. Rub the paste all over the bird. Make sure you get under the skin on the breast meat. Place in roasting pan. Pour remaining paste over the top of bird. Place in 325 degrees oven and cook for 5 to 5 1/2 hours. the paste on top of bird will blacken. You can cover with foil if this happens. I like the blackened seasoning on top.

This seasoning is also good for Baked chicken

Date Added: 11/25/2009
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Rating: 5
by: Diana Reviewed: 03/09/2012
One Tasty Bird!
I have used this recipe on turkey and chicken and have had so many compliments...and I'm not even a cooker! Poking holes in the turkey and shoving chunks of garlic into the holes gives a lot of flavor and then adding slices of apple, orange, lemon/lime in the cavity and around the turkey helps keep it moist and takes away that gamey tast birds can often have. I have some magazine cover looking birds that tasted great!
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