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Salvadorian Turkey

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Give your Thanksgiving turkey a Salvadorian twist with this easy recipe. The crispy ancho chile/pumpkin seed sauce is a wonderful coating that seals the turkey’s natural juices. Serve with your favorite sides.

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  • Servings: 12 to 15 servings
This Recipe is: Dairy-free


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  • Step 1 of 15

    ARRANGE oven rack in the middle position. Line baking sheet with foil. Preheat broiler.

  • Step 2 of 15

    ARRANGE tomatoes and bell pepper cut-side-down on prepared baking sheet. Broil for 7 to 10 minutes or until skins begin to loosen and peel off. Remove from oven.

  • Step 3 of 15

    USING tongs, place tomatoes and bell pepper in a plastic bag. Seal and set aside for 10 minutes.

  • Step 4 of 15

    SET oven temperature to 400° F.

  • Step 5 of 15

    PLACE turkey in roasting pan. Rub with 4 tablespoons oil on all sides. Place in oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until turkey skin begins to turn golden brown. Remove from oven.

  • Step 6 of 15

    STUFF cavity with apples and olives. Set aside.

  • Step 7 of 15

    DECREASE oven temperature to 350° F.

  • Step 8 of 15

    HEAT remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  • Step 9 of 15

    ADD dried chile skins and pumpkin seeds. Quickly stir for about 6 minutes or until pumpkin seeds begin to brown.

  • Step 10 of 15

    POUR chile/pumpkin seed mixture into a blender. Set aside.

  • Step 11 of 15

    REMOVE as much of the steamed tomato skins as possible. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, bouillon and coffee granules to blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

  • Step 12 of 15

    SLOWLY pour sauce over turkey, brushing evenly to cover turkey.

  • Step 13 of 15

    BAKE, basting occasionally, for 3 hours or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of thigh registers 165° to 170° F.

  • Step 14 of 15

    REMOVE apples and olives from cavity before serving.

  • Step 15 of 15

    TIP: Serve on a platter or large cutting board accented by green grapes, green apples, salad greens and herbs.

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