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Pavo Relleno de Navidad: Stuffed Turkey

Traditional Mexican Recipes

Pavo Relleno de Navidad: Stuffed Turkey

  • 1 6-8 lb turkey
  • 2 tb butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored & chopped
  • ¼  cup toasted slivered almonds
  • ¼  cup raisins
  • 2 medium tomatoes peeled, seeded & chopped
  • 2 chiles jalapeños (jalapeno peppers) seeded & chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Flour
  • White Wine – Dry
  • Chicken Stock

Stuffing: Heat the butter and fry onion and garlic until transparent. Add pork and brown, stirring occasionally. Add apple, raisins, almonds chiles and tomatoes. Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool before stuffing the turkey.

Turkey: Remove neck and giblets. Wash out the turkey with water. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. Stuff with prepared mixture (cooled). Rub melted butter or vegetable oil over the outside of the turkey. Sprinkle with salt generously.

Place the stuffed turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Roast in a preheated 325ºF oven for 2-2½ hours or until turkey is cooked. Make sure to baste several times with  pan drippings or melted butter.

Gravy: Make gravy with the drippings, add flour to thicken. Mix in 1 part of dry wine and 1 part chicken stock. Season to taste.

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