Southwestern Rubbed Turkey

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Smoked paprika is the key to the turkey rub in this recipe. It can be purchased in gourmet markets and online at www.tienda.com. Roasting the bird breast-side down for the first half keeps the breast meat succulent and moist.

Southwestern Rubbed Turkey
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved
Ingredients
  • Total Time: 4 hours

  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground (see Tip)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 cups water, divided

  • 1 12-pound turkey, giblets removed

Directions
  1. 12 servings, 3 ounces each, plus plenty of leftovers

  2. Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 350°F.

  3. Mix paprika, ground cumin, cinnamon, salt and pepper in a small bowl; stir in 2 tablespoons water to make a paste. Rub the mixture all over the turkey, particularly under the skin and onto the breast meat.

  4. Place the turkey breast-side down on a roasting rack in a large roasting pan. Add 2 cups water to the pan. Roast for 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Remove the turkey from the oven and turn it over—either use silicon oven gloves or cover the bird with foil and use cloth oven mitts to turn it over. Continue roasting, basting occasionally with pan juices, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh without touching bone registers 180°F, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours more. If the bird is browning too deeply, tent with foil while it continues to bake. If the pan runs out of juices, add about 1/2 cup water, scrape up any browned bits, and use this liquid for basting. Let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before carving.


Nutritional Facts

Servings
12
Per serving
Calories
336
Carbohydrates
1g
Fat
5g
Saturated Fat
2g
Monounsaturated Fat
1g
Protein
67g
Cholesterol
219mg
Dietary Fiber
1g
Potassium
789mg
Sodium
378mg
Added Sugars
0g
Exchanges
9 very lean meat
1 fat
Carbohydrate Servings
0
Selenium (118% daily value)
Zinc (60% dv)
Iron (30% dv)
Potassium (17% dv).

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