Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fiesta Turkey

Fiesta Turkey (Level 1)

This is the tenderest and juiciest turkey you will ever eat!

1 small turkey, 6 to 8 pounds
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
3 cloves garlic, mashed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can crushed tomatoes
1/2 pound smoked ham, cubed

Preheat oven to 325.

Remove the gizzards, neck, heart,etc from the turkey. Leave the skin on. Rinse under cold water and pat dry.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the cilantro, garlic, onion, and peppers. Sautee just until tender. Add some of the tomato juice from the canned tomatoes and simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes.

In a food processor or blender mix the rest of the tomatoes with the ham. Add the vegetable mixture and pepper.

Using a spoon, insert the mixture under the skin of the turkey. Reserve some to stuff inside of the turkey.

Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Cook in oven for 45 minutes for each 2 pounds. When a meat thermometer shows 180 it is done. Remove from oven and let sit 15 minutes before carving.

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