Recipe by Chef John
"This is one of the juiciest and most flavorful turkeys I've ever made! The rub forms a crust that locks in all the juices, even in the driest part of the breast meat. I served some of it plated up with sweet potato chunks and black beans and some of it covered with rich pan gravy."
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1 (12 pound)
whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
freshly ground black pepper
kosher salt, or as needed
water, or as needed
1 (8 ounce) container
jalapeno peppers, stemmed
chopped fresh cilantro
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
cayenne pepper, or to taste
Wanted Something different for Thanksgiving and did a trial run last week with a chicken. This recipe was awesome, using it again today with the turkey.
I tried this recipe this last Thanksgiving and oh myyy, it was amazing. My entire family absolutely loved it. I'm 20 years old, my parents this year were working all day so my mom wasn't able to cook. Couple days ago, my family asked me to cook our Christmas turkey. So honored haha.
The only different things I did were, instead of leaving the turkey out for one hour I left it out for one and a half hours because I was using the oven for a pie. And also I didn't use the creme fraiche, I just used sour cream. Delicious
My husband is Peruvian. We loved it. We did not however make the sauce since Jalapeños are not Peruvian but you can probably substitute with a Peruvian pepper.
Please don't be afraid of the ingredients list. This turkey is amazing. I've made it twice now and my BF drools and begs every time he walks into the kitchen which smells absolutely amazing. Only change I made was to use lite mayo instead of oil and fat free sour cream with flour instead of crème fraiche. We do prefer to bake this covered for a couple hours and then uncover for the last hour.
Don't be afraid! I was looking for something different to do with a roasted chicken and this was unbelievably delicious! We skipped the jalapenos and creme fresh due to dietary restrictions. Despite altering the recipe the result was incredible. The rich, deep smoky flavor was a welcome change to orange, garlic, or sweet BBQ chicken options. The fresh herbs used at the end were a great fresh finish. We all sat around after dinner just picking more meat off the bone , because we couldn't stop ourselves. This will be part of my permanent collection!
Can I stuff the Peruvian Turkey like a traditional one?
This is the best turkey I have EVER had in my life!!!! It was better than the Peruvian chicken at well known city restaurant. Hubby even brought the left overs to work AFTER Thanks Giving and it was gone! The guys really like this and they are begging me to make it this Thanks Giving! However, we've just relocated to a high elevation, any advice on cooking it at high elevation would be great!
This was a great recipe with a lot of flavor. I prepared it on a rotisserie and it came out perfect. Served with some Cuban black beans, which I included some of the Peruvian spice mixture in, and some spicy sweet potatoes. With the gravy on top of it all, it was a perfect meal to enjoy with friends. Thanks Chef John!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Roast Peruvian Turkey
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 840
** Calories from Fat: 426
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