Spice Rubbed Roast Turkey

Spice Rubbed Roast Turkey
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Serves: 4
  • 1 fresh turkey, about 10 - 12 pounds
  • Spice Rub:
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons chile powder
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped or pressed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Combine chile powder, oil, garlic, cumin, pepper and cinnamon and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and set aside to cool.
  2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavity; set aside and refrigerate neck if you are going to make stock later or add it to roasting pan if you are going to make gravy; if neither, discard it. Rinse turkey in several changes of cold water and pat dry.
  3. Rub or brush marinade all over the flesh, skin and inside the cavities. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Reserve remaining marinade for basting.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  5. Fill the cavities loosely with stuffing and place on a rack in a roasting pan in the oven. Bake, uncovered, for ½ hour.
  6. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and cook, covered with foil, for 3 - 4 hours. Baste with marinade and drippings every ½ hour.
  7. If you are using a thermometer, place it deep in the inner thigh: the turkey is done when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. If you do not have a thermometer, you can tell when the chicken is done when the juices run clear from the breast and the leg moves easily.

Serve with Fruit and Nut Stuffing