Recipe by Seattle Charlette
"A Chinese take on the holiday roast turkey. The sauce is a sweet and spicy flavorful glaze
on the crispy skin of the turkey with a hint of orange and cranberry. The whole red peppers
with green onions on the side add a festive touch. The dressing is a savory rice dressing with cranberries and nuts. Sure to become a year-round favorite. Garnish with whole dried red peppers and green onions along the side."
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small dried red chiles, or more to taste
ground black pepper
green onions, chopped
light sesame oil
1/2 (16 ounce) can
whole berry cranberry sauce
chopped fresh ginger root
grated orange zest
1 (12 pound)
whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
cooked white rice
cooked wild rice
green onions, chopped
My review is for the glaze alone as I did not make the dressing. I followed the ingredients exactly and used home made cranberry sauce. It was very tasty but did lack a bit of heat I was looking for. Will be making this again as I overlooked the orange zest and missed the *hint* of orange it would have added. I will also add some crushed red pepper to up the heat factor. I served over rice with fresh steamed broccoli. Whole family enjoyed it.
Okay, so this girl made this recipe (without the dressing) with a whole chicken. I rapid roasted (450 1/2hr, then 400 1 1/2hrs) then reduced to 350 & basted with sauce. I just put olive oil on it at first & didn't do anything else, including the marinade part or even the cooking bag. Since it was a chicken, not a turkey, I halved the recipe. I forgot the sugar, but it wasn't in need of it. I subbed moscato for the plum wine. (A great suggestion from Manella was to sub plum jam & apple juice, which I didn't have.) I didn't get to taste this "fresh," but leftovers were pretty good. The sauce could definitely be spicier, but that's easily fixed. I subbed half t ground ginger for fresh just because I didn't want to "deal with" fresh. :o :D 'Had to make another half recipe sauce the next day. 'Didn't have the cranberry sauce & didn't blend it, just thickened. Added 1/4c more wine & 1T sugar to replace the sauce. Not "wow," but good.
Considering I marinated the turkey for 24 hours, including rubbing it under the skin, very little of the flavor actually got into the meat. While we enjoyed this well enough it didn't really remind of General Tso's as I know it. I didn't make the stuffing.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
General Tso's Whole Turkey
Serving Size: 1/15 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 15
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 392
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