Turkey Mercedes

Turkey Mercedes


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Thanksgiving turkey has been given a Cuban twist! We celebrate this American holiday by preparing a turkey marinated with the flavors of Cuba. The recipe is foolproof and the turkey is the best you'll ever taste!

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Bradenton, FL


  • 3 heads garlic, peeled
  • 1 Tbs. black pepper
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbs. salt or to taste
  • 2 C. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 C. dry white wine
  • 1/2 12 fluid oz. can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 16 lb. turkey

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Crush the peeled garlic cloves, and place into a large bowl. Season with pepper, cumin, oregano, and salt. Pour in lemon juice, wine, and orange juice concentrate; whisk together until well mixed. Using a sharp paring knife, pierce the turkey breast, thighs, and legs; creating holes for the marinade to penetrate. Pour the marinade over turkey, and into the holes. Finally, stuff garlic pieces into the holes. Cover the turkey well, and refrigerate overnight to marinate.Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roast turkey in the preheated oven until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh measures 180 degrees, about 5 hours. Baste the turkey every 30 to 45 minutes. Once the breast has browned, cover loosely with aluminum foil to prevent it from becoming burnt.

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